Srinagar , Nov 9: The third J&K state level abacus and mental arithmetic competition was held today at the auditorium of Kashmir Government Polytechnic College , Gogji Bagh. The competition was organized by ALOHA JK.
Director Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Dr Rafiq Masoodi, was the chief guest on the occasion. Among the other guests present were joint secretary State Board of School Education Abdul Hamid Kanth, project director National Literacy Mission Abdul Jabbar Chakat, lecturer National Institute of Technology Dr Simi Rubab and announcer Radio Kashmir Tahira Noor.
Twenty-two among the students emerged as the toppers and were declared 'champions,' who shall be sponsored by the master franchisee of Aloha in J&K to participate in the All India Level Abacus And Mental Arithmetic Competition to be held in Chennai on December 28.
The first, second and third positions were secured by 18, 21 and 22 students respectively. Dr Masoodi distributed the trophies among the winners. For each position, 15 students had actually to be selected, however due to the tie between some students, the awards were received by more.
The students performed interesting demonstrations on the stage. Ten of these students, who were the fastest of all, were awarded Rs 2000 each by Dr Masoodi.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Masoodi congratulated the winners and expressed gratitude on their performance. He said these children have been provided immense talent by Allah Almighty.
"Seeing these demonstrations, I am quite hopeful that the next national champion will be from the Valley only," he said.
He said the top forty students would be given a chance to provide live demonstration on the DD. The ALOHA, he said, has done a praiseworthy job by providing such opportunities to the children.
ALOHA Mental Arithmetic was introduced in Kashmir in 2006. Now after its three year inception in the state, ALOHA has its learning centers almost in every district of the Valley and its enrollment has reached 4000. ALOHA has its centers in Ladhak and Jammu as well.
Mubashir Wafai, Master Franchisee, ALOHA J&K, said that every child has got the potential to excel, if he is provided an opportunity for the same.
The students were quite delighted to receive the awards. "I feel very delighted for being sponsored for national level championship. I had never expected to take part in such a big competition, but ALOHA made my dream come true," said Khansa Haseena Bano, a seventh-grade student of M. P. School , Dadasara.
"Before I joined ALOHA, I could hardly do my sums properly, but now today I am a champion," he opined.
Another student, Syed Adnan Geelani, a seventh standard student of Baramullah Public School, said, "I feel very happy to receive the award. I was earlier very weak in Mathematics, but ALOHA helped me a great deal in learning and understanding the subject."