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Tuesday, February 09, 2010 11:19:04 AM, Staff Reporter

Hajj Committee CEO Mohd Owais handing the winner's trophy to the students of SWES High School, Malegaon


QuizTime - A Brief Introduction

Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui, living at

present in Mumbai belongs to an

eminent literate family. His

grandfather Seemab Akbarabadi is a well-known figure in Urdu

literature. To create awareness about General Knowledge among the students from Urdu medium schools, Hamid wrote a couple of books on the subject for them. Later, he founded QuizTime with some of his friends. Prominent among them are Principal RC Mahim Teachers' Training Institute Akhlaque Khan and Rafeeque Gulab, Ms. Farzana and Ms. Nasreen - all teachers in different Mumbai schools.


Supported by his wife Zaheda, Hamid travels all across Maharashtra to organise general knowledge quiz competitions for secondary school students. In Malegaon, Hamid with his team is organising the competition since last three years in association with NADY - an NGO working for the welfare of students.

Malegaon: NADY and QuizTime became household names in Malegaon ever since they organized the first interschool General Knowledge quiz competition in 2008. However, this year’s competition – extended to the state level in which 54 students of 27 schools from all across Maharashtra participated – broke all previous records. Suspense, drama, excitement and gaiety combined with splendid show of confidence, shrewdness, competitive skills, quickness and fighting spirit, were all in full display as thousands of students who converged at Malegaon High School & Junior College ground on February 07 enjoyed all through the day with remarkable enthusiasm.


The day began with Chairman Maulana Abul Kalam Azaad Research Centre Abdul Hameed Azhari delivering the inaugural speech packed with encouraging and motivating words.


“The competition is to explore the hidden qualities in you. At the same time, it is also to develop in you the spirit, confidence and competitive skills that have become wanted in today’s challenging world as never before”, he said as Hajj Committee CEO Mohd Owais, President Anjuman Islam Mumbai Dr. Zaheer Qazi, Chairperson Royal Education Society Mumbai Mrs. Rehana Undre, Munawwar Peerbhoy of Azam Campus Pune, renowned Mumbai based industrialist VR Shareef, Chairman Iqra Education Society Jalgaon Ab Kareem Salar, Lyrics writer and senior journalist Hasan Kamal, Editor Urdu Times Mumbai Alam Naqvi and Editor Roznama Hindustan Mumbai Sarfaraz Aarzoo all stood in front of the students as role models.


“Gone are the days of discrimination. It is the era of quality, excellence and merit, the qualities that have no challenge. To succeed in life, you must develop these qualities”, he stressed.



It was now time for QuizTime team leader Hamid Iqbal Siddquee of Mumbai to take control in his hands. And he did so in his amicable style.


“The competition will judge your memory, confidence, quickness, intelligence, composure and fighting skills besides your knowledge on current affairs”, said the grandson of renowned Indian scholar Seemab Akbarabadi before inviting the students for the elimination rounds with these couplets Yehan kisi ko koee raasta nahi deta, Mujhe gira ke agar tum nikal sako to chalo.


Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui of QuizTime Mumbai and his colleague Rafique Ghulab during the Quiz Competition



The elimination rounds that began at 10:45 in the morning continued till 05:00 in the evening. Two-member teams of 27 schools from Mumbai, Pune, Bhiwandi, Ratnagiri, Aurangabad, Sholapur, Nanded, Jalgaon and Malegaon participated in the competition. Eight top-scoring teams were selected for the Semi Finals.


Finally, Anjuman Islam Girls’ High School (Kurla, Mumbai), Madni High School (Jogeshwari, Mumbai), SSA Urdu High School (Sholapur) and SWES High School (Malegaon) qualified for the Grand Final. After stiff fights between the four teams when the competition ended at 09:30 PM, Asra Naaz Md Ibrahim and Zainab Zarrin Imtiyaz Ah of SWES High School, Malegaon were the winners while Charolia Kifyatuulah and Patel Mohd Zubair Fazal Ah of Madni High School, Jogeshwari, Mumbai were close seconds. Anjuman Islam Girls’ High School, Kurla, Mumbai was at the third position.


'Role Models'

To further boost the morale of the students, NADY felicitated three shining stars of Malegaon for excellent performance in their careers. They included Mateen Hafiz, who is working in The Time of India, Mumbai as Crime Reporter, Dr. Waseem Bari, who has won the Gold Medal in MBBS and Dr. Bibi Fatema, who is the first lady MPSC and Child Specialist of Malegaon. At the same time, NADY also honored former Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Malegaon Sanjay Patil and Deputy Collector Ajay More in recognition to their services for Malegaon.


The day also had in store for the students an experience of the technology. Minister of State for Education Mrs. Fauzia Khan, who could not make to the event because of the NCP Executives' meeting in Aurangabad, addressed the event over phone.


“Merely scoring good in exams is not going to help you get success in the career you are aspiring for. It is the all-around development that will make your case strong against others”, she advised.



The best part of the event was that despite tasting defeat in the competition the students, as well as their trainers, remained totally unperturbed.


“I was literally disappointed. And so were my students as we failed to perform well. However, after talking to the teams from Mumbai and Sholapur that lost in the final, the despair in us took no time in giving way to the confidence. They looked so confident of coming to the next year’s event and achieving what they could not this year”, says Azeez Ejaz of Al-Hera High School. And it is this spirit that was one of the objectives behind the daylong NADY-QuizTime state level General Knowledge competition. 






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