Team ‘Southern Birdwing’ emerge winners at ecoXplorers 2023, first nature, biodiversity & forests intercollege quiz competition


Bangalore, October 22: Team ‘Southern Birdwing’ emerged winners at ‘ecoXplorers 2023’, the first nature, biodiversity, and forests Intercollege Quiz Competition organized by Azim Premji University today. The Quiz, which saw participation from 45 teams, was held as part of Forests of Life, the second edition of the annual climate festival at Azim Premji University, to be unveiled on November 2.

The Quiz focused on a range of themes, including planetary phenomena, climate change, biodiversity, and urban ecology, among others and was open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline. 

Team ‘Life is Wild’ came second. The top three teams in the final round came from Azim Premji University, National Centre for Biological Sciences and St Joseph’s University. Multiple teams contested from each of the participating colleges/universities. 

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Each winning team member received Rs 10,000, while each runner-up team member got Rs 7,500, in addition to prize medals, and a set of books on the environment authored by Azim Premji University faculty.  The prizes were handed over by Indu Prasad, Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University.

First Prize: Team ‘Southern Birdwing’. Team members: Parth Heblekar, M Nishanth Arvind and Prithham Balaji.

Second Prize: Team ‘Life is Wild’. Team members: Yamini Srikanth, Nikita Vijay Mohan, Taksh Sangwan.

About Forests of Life:

On November 2, the University will unveil the second edition of its annual climate festival – Forests of Life – a celebration of forests, brought to life through an ensemble of art installations, photographs from forests shot by young interns, music, movies, artefacts, interactive workshops and more. The thirteen-day festival will be open to public at the University campus in Sarjapura, and entry will be free. This follows Rivers of Life, held in November 2022, which was attended by over 10,000 school and college students besides members of the public.

About Azim Premji University

Azim Premji University was established under the Azim Premji University Act 2010 of the Government of Karnataka. Azim Premji Foundation, the sponsoring body set up the University as a fully philanthropic and not-for-profit entity, with a clear social purpose of contributing to the realization of a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. 

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