Rural It Quiz State Championship to Little Rock

The prestigious Rural IT Quiz is jointly hosted by the IT, BT and Science and Technology department of Government of Karnataka and the TCS every year in the State since its inception in the year 2000.

This year the State final round was held on Friday, 13 October 2017 in Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT) Tumkur. In all 32 teams vied for the finals.

Rural IT Quiz State Champions 2017Vishwas Adiga and Clifton D’Silva, Class XI students of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar bagged the Regional Championship at Mysore and the State championship at Tumkur.

The Little Rock team won the quiz in a dramatic manner by answering seven questions bagging 700 points in the last eight questions of the last round of the quiz sending the audience into frenzy.

This team is now eligible for competing in the National Final to be held at Bangalore in November along with the winners of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Little Rock Indian School has created a record by winning the State Championship for 6 times since its inception in 2000, including National Championship once and National runners up once in this prestigious Limca book record quiz. Dr. John Thomas, principal has congratulated the students and the teachers who trained them.
Picture : The state champions Vishwas Adiga and Clifton D’Silva receiving the champinonship trophy from Mr Manjunath, DDPI Tumkur.


Little Rock students win second place at ISEF in Los Angeles


Geeve George and Chaitanya of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar, represented India at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, U.S., from May 14 to 19

Geeve George and Chaitanya of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar, represented India at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, U.S., from May 14 to 19

Their android app SAMIS helps health professionals administering intravenous injections

Geeve George and Chaitanya of Brahmavar-based Little Rock Indian School represented India at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the worlds’ largest pre-collegiate fair with over 1,700 participants from 78 countries, in Los Angeles, USA, from May 14 to 19.

A statement issued by the school here said that India was represented by 20 teams in various categories ranging from Plant Sciences to Mathematics to System Software.

“Our project was SAMIS – an Android application that enables image processing algorithms on images captured using a standard smart phone for vein imaging. SAMIS was built to aid doctors and nurses during intravenous injections,” Geeve said.

Chaitanya added, “Our project won the second place grand award in the Bio-Medical Engineering category which consisted of a $1,500 cash award and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory’s Ceres Connection Award. As a result of this award, the names of the first and second place winners will be submitted to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for a once in a lifetime naming of a minor planet after them,” he added.

The management, principal and staff of Little Rock Indian School have congratulated Geeve and Chaitanya, who completed their Class XII in the school and wished them many more such breakthroughs in the future.


Ms Ranjini Mathew is an alumna of Little Rock, Class XII batch of 1998.  Thereafter she was selected for the Singapore Airlines Scholarship to study in Singapore.  Subsequently she did her MBA in the Cambridge University.



Alumna – Ranjini Mathew (Cambridge MBA 2010)

Leaving IT consultancy behind, Ranjini is now using the skills she learned on the Cambridge MBA as Medical Directorate Manager at Papworth Hospital.

What’s the story?

I was an IT consultant before coming to Cambridge Judge. It was great, but with consulting you give people a lot of ideas and advice and then leave. Moving on to the next project meant missing the opportunity to carry through my ideas and scale up. I was also becoming more socially conscious, so I thought about a career switch. I wasn’t at all clear where I’d end up – I had some notion of going into a social enterprise – but I thought an MBA would help me focus on what I wanted to do. I was accepted by other MBA programmes but came to Cambridge Judge because they seemed the most committed to bringing the best out of their students. At interview they were interested in how I wanted to contribute to the programme and how it would develop me.

What did the MBA give you?

Cambridge drew me in with its intellectual but collaborative environment. My classmates were phenomenal – people with fantastic experience in so many sectors, and stories that blow your mind. The course content was outstanding. The MBA’s Global Consulting Project is an invaluable way to learn – I went to Vodafone and developed a mobile health strategy targeting long-term conditions. I also particularly recall the biopharmaceuticals module, which was an excellent, practical course covering not just pharmaceuticals, but finance and venture capital.

How has the MBA benefited your career?

Very directly! For my final project, I delivered recommendations to improve cardiac theatre efficiency at Papworth Hospital, which led to a job offer. Now, five years on I’m the hospital’s Medical Directorate Manager, delivering on strategic initiatives on behalf of the Medical Director. As I’m not a doctor or nurse or from any allied health background I initially had doubts myself of my suitability. But the skills I need here are about assessing data and looking strategically at the big picture. If you have the right skills, you don’t have to be an expert in any particular field to ask a really good question. If you can see that something is not logical, or you can spot a gap, or can step back, examine how processes work and formulate better methods, you can make an extremely valuable contribution.

And don’t underestimate the power of the fantastic networking opportunities, whether for job applications or just helping you get an insight or broader perspective on a particular issue in your field.

(From the website of the Cambridge University)




Geeve George and Karthik M Rao from Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar, Udupi, emerged winners of the national level Rural IT Quiz 2015 organized by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in partnership with the Department of IT, BT and Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka. They defeated the team of Dakshak Nagrale and Anand Baidmohata from Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Maharashtra, by a margin of 15 points, in the event held at Chowdiah Memorial Hall in Bengaluru recently. Hosted by quizmaster Giri `Pickbrain’ Balasubramaniam, the quiz was based on the theme `Artificial Intelligence’. Through the five rounds of Knowledge Engineering, Means-Ends Analysis, Computer Time, Cognitive Simulation and Social Intelligence, the teams from Karnataka and Maharashtra were competing to gain the lead. In the final round, a question on Net neutrality turned out to be decisive, giving Karnataka the winning points. The winners received an educational scholarship of Rs.1,00,000 and the runners-up received Rs.50,000, along with trophies and bags of goodies. Giving away the prizes, Tanusree Deb Barma, Director of the Department of IT, BT, Science & Technology, said, “Such industry initiatives are welcome by the Government of Karnataka. It ensures that the benefits of IT percolates to the grassroots”.

Month-long preparation

Geeve George and Karthik Rao, both Class XI Computer Science students, prepared for months for the competition, reading about companies on the Internet and watching videos of the quiz from previous years. “We did not have to mug up anything because we love IT and have been interested in the subject from childhood”, said an euphoric Geeve George.  Started in the year 2000, the quiz programme for students from Classes 8 to 12 was meant to enhance awareness of the IT industry among the rural youth. Since 2011, the competition, which had been limited to Karnataka, was taken to the States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as well. The teams contested at the national level after qualifying in the prelims, district, regional and state-level rounds held between August and October this year, in their respective states.


Teams from different States, besides a group photograph with the guests


Tata Consultancy Services Bengaluru Centre Head E S Chakravarthy and IT, BT, Science and Technology Department Director Tanusree Deb Barma present a cheque for Rs.1 lakh to the winners of the Rural IT Quiz 2015, Geeve George and Karthik M Rao, of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar. Quizmaster Giri Balasubramaniam is also seen.



Little Rock IT Champions 2015 CONGRATULATIONS TO Karthik M Rao and Geeve George of Class XI on being the State Champions in the Rural IT Quiz jointly organized by the IT ministry Govt of Karnataka and TCS Bangalore. The State finals were held in Tumkur, recently. This year’s Rural IT Quiz beganwith the preliminary rounds in September. 220 teams participated in the District Level Quiz, from whom 25 teams were chosen for the Regional Level Quiz at Mysore.   Little Rock won the Regional Championship at Mysore and qualified for the State final. The State Final was held at Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur. Little Rock Indian School emerged as State Champions for the fifth time since the inception of this massive quiz contest organized jointly by the IT ministry of the Govt of Karnataka and the TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) Bengaluru.

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I am glad to announce that two of our alumni made it to the IAS, this time. Nitish K, 8th rank holder studied in Little Rock till Class V. He is the son of Mr Ramakrishna Hebbar, a bank employee and Bharati Hebbar, a home-maker. Nitish studied in JNVs after leaving Little Rock. An engineer by training, he aspired for the IAS right during his school days, he says. Nitish also tops the Karnataka contingent, which is a creditable achievement. Ranjan Shenoy is another alumnus who qualified the coveted Civil Services Exam from Little Rock. He did his entire schooling up to Class X here. An IITian, he also set his sights high and he made it to the Civil Services. Ranjan’s parents Dr. Rajgopal Shenoy, and Dr. Anita Shenoy are both doctors of KMC, Manipal. Let me congratulate both Nitish and Ranjan and wish them great success in their career. We would like to see many more from Little Rock making it to the IFS, IAS, IPS etc. Good luck to those who strive hard to reach there!






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CONGRATULATIONS TO Karthik S A, Class XII and Aditya B Nayak, Class X on being the State Champions in the Rural IT Quiz jointly organized by the IT ministry Govt of Karnataka and TCS Bangalore. The State finals were held in Tumkur, recently.


Krishna Ramkumar – Alumnus of Little Rock

Listed by Forbes Magazine among 30 achievers under 30 in the Social Entrepreneur category


 krishna  Cofounder, Avanti Krishna Ramkumar founded Avanti, a group of learning centers in Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur and Chennai that provides 750 bright, low-income high school students with science and math education. Centers are run by 30 staff members and 300 student volunteers from the country’s prestigious IITs and other top engineering schools. So far, results are good and demand is high: last year 6,000 students vied for 150 spots.  



ABHISHIKTA SHETTY, AN ALUMNA OF LITTLE ROCK HAS WON THE MISS SOUTH INDIA TITLE ORGANIZED BY PEGASUS AT KOCHI, RECENTLY. A UNIQUE ACHIEVEMENT, FOR A LITTLE ROCKER ! SHE HAS PROVED THAT SHE HAS BOTH BRAINS AND BEAUTY. ABHISHIKTA WAS OUR STUDENT FROM 1998 TO 2007, STUDYING IN CLASSES II TO X.  AFTER HER ENGINEERING STUDIES, SHE IS PRESENTLY EMPLOYED AS A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER IN ACCENTURE. LITTLE ROCK CONGRATULATES ABHISHIKTA ON THIS CREDITABLE ACHIEVEMENT. A LETTER FROM ABHISHIKTA IS REPRODUCED BELOW.  sd/-  PRINCIPAL Sir, Thank you so much. I am overwhelmed on receiving the appreciation from you. It means a lot. Below are the details regarding the contest, as required by you. The event was organized by Pegasus event makers in association with Rotary Club of Tex City and sponsored by Manapurram group. The contest was held at Le Meridian Hotel, Coimbatore. There were 16 contestants from 4 states of South India (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh). We were groomed for a week at Beaumonde the Fern Hotel in Kochi.

Press Report

Miss South India 2014 Winner – Abhishikta S Shetty (also sub title winner Miss Beautiful Skin) First Runner up – Aditi Shetty Second Runner up – Meghana Shetty Abhishikta S Shetty aged 22 and Software developer by profession has also won the Miss Mangalore 2012 First Runner up title previously. She has done various ad campaigns for Samsung, RR Gold, I Mart, Kanchivaram silks etc. The winners were awarded gold plated crown along with the title winner getting 1 lakh rupees and the First Runner up and second Runner up getting Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively. The pageant was judged by Miss World Parvathy Omanakuttan, film director Major Ravi, Mrs. India Jeemole Jaibin, actor and fashion designer Sajimon Parayil and Media personality Toshma Biju.

National Athletic Champions

Two students of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar have notched two national positions at the recent CBSE National Athletic Meet held at the Sunbeam School, Varanasi, UP.

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Vedant Praveen Shetty of Class XI won a gold medal in 400 mts race in the under 19 category, while Mahima Gururaj Salian of Class VIII won a silver medal in 100 mts dash in the under 14 category. This is the first time that Little Rock has won these distinctions in its history. CBSE has over 12000 schools as of now, and so this achievement is truly outstanding, according to the Principal Mathew C. Ninan. On behalf of the School he has congratulated both Vedant and Mahima on this creditable achievement.



Brahmavar : Sanjuktha A. Yermal, a student of Class XI of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar has won the first place in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) Southern Region’s Debate competition held in Chennai recently. Winners from various chapters from all over southern India vied for the prestigious title. ICAI Udupi Chapter President Mr Prashanth Holla, CA has congratulated Sanjuktha and Little Rock on this creditable achievement. Photo: Dr. T. Sankaravel and Mr. John Kennedy CA, judges are seen handing over the prize to Sanjuktha.

Little Rock boys win The Hindu Young World Quiz

Karthik Rao M. and Aditya B. Nayak of Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar, winners of the The Hindu Young World Quiz, posing with chief guest P. Tamilvanan, Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust, in Mangalore on Monday. They will represent Mangalore region at the Grand Finale to be held in Bangalore on December 10.— Photo: R. Eswarraj

Karthik Rao M. and Aditya B. Nayak will represent Mangalore region at Grand Finale in Bangalore Town Hall on Monday was crammed with young minds pitched against one another as they participated in the Mangalore regional round of The Hindu Young World Quiz 2013. The 10th edition of the quiz in Mangalore ended with Karthik Rao M. and Aditya B. Nayak, the team from Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar (Udupi district), sailing their way from the port city into the grand finale to be held in Bangalore on December 10. The winning team took a lead early on and went on to comfortably win the quiz, answering questions such as identifying a “flag map” of Singapore. Mr. Rao found the quiz “a bit challenging and not too easy”, and Mr. Nayak said, “We have been preparing for it since April”. Defending champions Kavyashri Rao and Hina Aisha from St. Ann’s Girls High School, Mangalore, came second after giving a good fight. Prajna Hebbar and Sidharth Bangera from Sharada Vidyalaya, Kodialbail, stood third; Anvith Rai and Abhishek Rao from Vivekananda English Medium School, Puttur, came fourth; V. Ganesha K.S. and Rithivik D’Souza from St. Theresa School, Bendorewell, came fifth; and Rakshit Kumar and Aditya Upadhyaya, Sharada Vidyalaya, Mangalore, came sixth. Ms. Rao of St. Ann’s said, “This quiz means a lot to me because it is not just about memory. It is about comprehension and analytical skills and I love analysing.” She said she could not defend the winning place this year but she and teammate Ms. Aisha were helping the winners to win in Bangalore event. Since she played safe last time, this time she was a little more adventurous with the visual round but it did not work in their favour, setting them back twice and increasing the distance between them and the leading team. She said, “We found everything easy but were slow on the buzzer.” Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan also put questions to the audience. Some of them were: What is myrmecophobia? (Fear of ants); what has a fly, canton, sides like a hoist and staff? (Responses ranged from aeroplane and helicopter to ship while the correct answer was ‘a flag’); and which is the biggest district and the smallest district of Karnataka?. Chief guest P. Tamilvanan, Chairman, NMPT, gave away the prizes. The presenting sponsor of the event was Britannia Milk Bikis Future Minds and the associate sponsor was Firefox. The gift partners were Success Notebooks, SPB Fine Papers, Reynolds, Encyclopaedia Britannica and Smart. The energy partner was Gold Winner while the beverage sponsor was Dabur Real Fruit Juice. The outdoor gear partner was Wildcraft. The event manager was Iads and Events. The regional sponsors were D.K. Milk Union Ltd., Campco and BSNL. The quiz, open to students from classes 7 to 9, began with a preliminary written round in which 210 teams participated of which six teams made it to the quiz. Mr. Ramanan said Mangalore was the last of 10 centres in Karnataka where the quiz was being held before December 10, when regional winners from 15 centres of the country will compete in the grand finale in Bangalore. Students can also take part online, follow the ‘Young World Quiz’ page on Facebook or @youngworldquiz on Twitter.

Winners of Verbattle 2012

Shivani L Shenoy and Annapurna Chakrabarty of Class X formed the  winning team, who won a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a championship trophy in the  Junior category of the prestigious Verbattle debate competition held in Bangalore recently. Sapna Rajesh, the mentor-teacher also won a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and a trophy.

A second team comprising Clesy Joyana Mendonca and Sanjukta Yermal had also qualified to the State level.

National School Sanitation Award 2012

National School Sanitation Award 2012

Exactly ten years later this year, yet another national recognition came our way. Little Rock was selected for the National School Sanitation Award.  100 CBSE schools were selected on the basis of the sanitation, drinking water, greenery, water conservation, healthy environs etc made available by the School. The Award was received by the Vice Principal at a glittering function on 28th November 2012.  The National School Sanitation Initiative is spearheaded by the HRD ministry of the Govt of India in collaboration with agencies such as CBSE, and GIZ Germany.

Faculty Achievements

A book entitled “Soliloquies of a Principal” authored by Prof. Mathew C. Ninan, Principal was released in June 2011. The book has a Foreword  by Dr. (Prof.) K. Ramnarayan, Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, who himself released the book. This book is a compendium of articles mainly on school education written by Prof. Ninan; most of them published in newspapers and journals. The book has been widely acclaimed by the academic community.

Professor Mathew C Ninan, Principal was honoured for his outstanding service to society in the field of Education by Brahmavar-Barkur Citizens’ Forum, Brahmavar in December 2007. Professor Mathew C. Ninan, Principal was invited to present a paper at the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) at its annual conference in the Florida Atlantic University, Florida, USA in January 2006.

Counselling Resource of the School

29 teachers of Little Rock hold a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, of the Kuvempu University, besides degrees in the subjects they teach at School.

This was made possible as a result of a drive by the School management to infuse “Counselling” skills among the teaching faculty of our School.

We believe that our teachers should have a counselling attitude and the required counselling skills to deal with students in the most impressionable stage of their life. We believe that we have a substantial resource amongst our teachers with specialized training in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and this has been a remarkable value addition.


Mrs Bindu Jose and Mr Shaji Philip, Post-graduate Teachers of the School were receipents of the Fulbright Fellowship for the year 2007. Mr Harikrishna D, PGT in Biology has been selected for the Fulbright Fellowship for 2008. He happens to be the only teacher selected from Karnataka State this year. Fellowship was for a period of 5 months in a US University.