At the end of the third online round of the National Inter-College Crossword Expedition (NICE) 2022, Aaditri Vaibhav, a 2nd year student at IIT Kharagpur, on Sunday grabbed the top position and emerged as the National topper of Stage I of the National Inter-College Crossword Expedition (NICE) 2022.
Shashwat Sanjeev of Hansraj College, Delhi University, and K Gouri of Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, stood in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. In the previous year, Shashwat was the national topper.
Aim to expose India’s learning heritage
For the first time, the three-stage contest is being organised jointly by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as part of the celebrations of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The aim behind arranging the contest is to expose India’s rich learning inheritance by organising the mind-game of crosswords.
Among the regional toppers are Harshul Sagar of IIT Delhi for the North; Joyal Biju of Government Engineering College, Thrissur, for the South; Harshvardhan Tripathi of Acropolis, Indore, for the West; Salman Khan of IIT Kharagpur for the East; and Murchana Mahanta Barman of Scholars Institute of Management and Technology, Guwahati, for the Northeast.
While Harshul had stood 3rd at the national level in the previous round, Joyal and Murchana had topped their respective zones. Joyal was 3rd at the national level in the first round.
The first stage is open to every student from colleges and higher education institutes to participate and play individually. Participants have to solve crossword clues online for four successive Sundays, which started on April 3, 2022.
Patna-based Extra-C has been conducting the contest, a civil society initiative to provide a chance to young students to increase their knowledge-based extra-curricular activities. The online rounds are being hosted on its official website, www.crypticsingh.com.
“After the fourth Sunday online round on April 24, a cumulative Leader board will decide the top two participants from each institute who will form the institutions’ teams for the two subsequent offline stages – five zonal finals and a national Grand Finale,” Amitabh Ranjan, chief operating officer of the Extra-C, said here on Sunday.