Thrikkakara: The Government Model Engineering College announced the cancellation of the 'Illuminati Quiz' owing to the current adverse weather conditions in Kerala. It had planned to hold the 2019 edition of the popular quiz event on August 10 at Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Elemakkara, in Kochi.
This year's event was to be hosted by Major Chandrakant Nair who is known for lighthearted yet challenging quizzes. He had hosted eight previous editions of the Illuminati Quiz, which is touted to be a premier event in the South Indian quizzing circles and is the definitive season-opener in the region.
The event is conducted annually by the students of Model Engineering College in memory of the late Sandeep Menon, an alumnus of the institution and the founder of The Illuminati Quiz Club. A brilliant quizzer himself, Sandeep is fondly remembered by those that knew him best and the students of the college.
The event title is sponsored by ANSYS, an American firm that develops cutting-edge engineering simulation software.
As per the current format the participants would form teams of two for the written preliminary round of the open quiz event. Open, college and school categories as well as cross college/school teams are also allowed.
The finals would be between 8 teams of three formed from the top 8 open/college teams and the top 4 school teams.
The registration fee for this year's event was set at Rs 50. A prize pool of Rs 50,000 awaited the finalists of the cancelled event.
Participants belonging to the school category were exempted from the registration fee.
The availability of seats was on a first-come, first-serve basis and spot registration was planned.
Major Chandrakant Nair, fondly known as 'Captain' by the quizzing fraternity, is one of the popular figures on the Indian quizzing circuit. He is an alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.
Captain kept in touch with his passion of quizzing and soon returned to the professional quizzing scene hosting a number of intense quizzes. He has conducted some of the country's greatest quizzing events.