Chief Minister Narendra Modi took up a role of Quiz Master in Gujarat Quiz Competition. It was a moment of delight for students to have been quizzed by the Chief Minister.

While an adult may get stumped with these questions, kids from class IV to VIII faced them easily and walked away with a great score and applause. Six lucky students, however, got more than just accolades on Tuesday evening — Rs 1 lakh each as prize money.

A total of 198 students reached the last stage of Gujarat Quiz after getting selected from a total of 28 lakh original participants in 2010.

Pranav Adhyaru, one of the organizers of the event, told TOI that it was an arduous task that continued for an entire year. "The concept was to offer a quiz exclusively on Gujarat, prodding the students to know more about the state. Today, the question bank of around 5,000 questions is used for aspirants of exams like GPSC," he said.

It was a day of smaller centres. The winners emerged from places such as Patan, Mehsana and Himmatnagar, leaving behind big cities and metros. Pankaj Prajapati, a class VII student from Dhadhana village, around 55 km from Patan, was one of the lucky winners.

"Winning such an amount is like a dream. I was prepared to take any question though. I studied the specially-designed book by the state government for last five months and practised it with friends and teachers. The high point of the event was meeting the chief minister. He asked me about my ambitions," said the 12-year-old boy.

On the occasion Shri Modi said, ‘Gujarat Quiz is serving as a means for all those who want to get authentic information about Gujarat. Moreover, with this quiz, people get knowledge in a fun way, which is much more satisfying than general knowledge exercises’.

Shri Narendra Modi announced to arrange a special online quiz competition on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda to mark his 150th birth anniversary in 2012. Chief Minister announced this on the final round of Gujarat Quiz Competition for the students of school and colleges of all over Gujarat, held today at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

Principal Secretary for Education Hasmukh Adhiya, on the occasion, called upon people to take the online quiz and test their own knowledge about Gujarat.

Education Minister Ramanlal Vora, Minister of State for Education Jaysinhji Chauhan, Smt.Vasuben Trivedi, senior level Secretaries, government officials, students and their parents coming from all over Gujarat were present on the occasion.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors today through video conferencing. He also launched four books related to Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar, authored by Shri Kishor Makwana. Governor, Chief Minister and education Minister of Gujarat and Union Education Minister were among those present on the occasion. The event was hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to Bharat Ratna, Babasaheb Dr Ambedkar on behalf of the grateful nation and said that his Jayanti during the period when the country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, gives us new energy.

Shri Modi stressed that India has been the mother of democracy in the world and democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life. Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to move forward while strengthening India’s democratic heritage, said the Prime Minister.

Talking about the philosophy of Babasaheb, the Prime Minister said that Dr Ambedkar considered knowledge, self-respect and politeness as his three revered deities. Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights. Through equal rights, emerge social harmony and country progresses. Our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb, Shri Modi added

On National Education Policy, the Prime Minister said that every student has certain capabilities. These capabilities pose three questions before the student and the teacher. First- what they can to do? Second, what is their potential if they are properly taught?And,third, what they want to do? The answer to the first question is the inner strength of the students. However, if institutional strength is added to that inner strength, their development will get expanded and they will be able to do what they want to do.Quoting Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, The Prime Minister said that the NEP is aimed at fulfilling Dr Radhakrishnan’s vision of education that frees and empowers the student to participate in national development. Education management should be undertaken keeping whole world as a unit but also, focussing on Indian character of education

Talking about the growing demand for skills in the emerging Aatmnirbhar Bharat, The Prime Minister said that India is being looked upon as future centre of Artificial Intelligence,Internet of Things,big data, 3D printing, Virtual Realityandrobotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcareanddefence sector. To meet the requirement of skills, Indian Institutes of skills are being set up in three big metropolitans of the country. In Mumbai, first batch of Indian Institute of Skills has already started. In 2018, Future Skills Initiative was launched with NASSCOM, informed the Prime Minister. He said that we want that all universities should be multi-disciplinary as we want to give students flexibility. He called upon the Vice Chancellors to work for this goal. .

Shri Modi elaborated on Babasaheb’s conviction for equal rights and equal opportunity for all. The Prime Minister emphasized that schemes like Jandhan accounts are leading to financial inclusion of every person and through DBT money is reaching directly to their accounts. The Prime Minister reiterated country’s commitment to take the message of Babasaheb to each and every person. Developing the key places related to the life of Babasaheb as PanchTeerth is a step in that direction. He also said that measures like Jal Jeevan Mission, free housing, free electricity, support during pandemic and initiatives for women empowerment are taking forward the dreams of Babasaheb.

The Prime Minister released the following four books based on Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar's life, written by Shri Kishor Makwana:

Dr. Ambedkar Jivan Darshan,
Dr. Ambedkar Vyakti Darshan,
Dr Ambedkar Rashtra Darshan, and
Dr. Ambedkar Aayam Darshan

The Prime Minister said that that these books are not less than modern classics and convey the universal vision of Babasaheb. He hoped that such books will be widely read by students in colleges and universities.