Competition: Five colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan took part in the inter-college quiz competition at Royal Thimphu College (RTC) yesterday.

‘The Brains of Bhutan’ quiz was organised to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The questions were based on the events and occurrences that took place after 1961.

Bhutanese economy, political system, culture and current affairs were some of the categories of the competition.

Two representatives from each college, Sherubtse College, College Of Science and Technology (CST), Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic (JNP), Gaeddu College of Business Studies (GCBS) and RTC took part in the competition.

The host college, RTC, bagged the first price with 12 points, followed by GCBS with 10 points, and Sherubtse College with eight points. With six and four points each, CST and JNP stood fourth and fifth respectively.

The winners of the competition, Tshering Buthri and Kinley Tenzin of RTC said that questions were tougher than they’d expected. “It was also because of the lack of preparation that we failed to deliver our best today,” said that 19-year-old Tshering Buthri.

Kinley Namgyal and Kinley Wangchuk of Sherubtse College said that most of the questions were unexpected. “We were told that the questions would be based on the Fourth King. It turned out to be different, however,” said Kinley Namgyal.

“We just had a day to prepare for this competition. But it was a great experience. We’re happy with the results,” said Kinley Wangchuk.

The quizmaster Professor Sanjeev Mehta said that the competition was not to examine who is a brighter student but to test the ability of the students to respond under the pressure of time. “It was a tough test but the outcome was impressive. The students did well.”

Participants were given certificate for taking part in the competition along with gift hampers.

Younten Tshedup