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13th Mother Teresa Quiz Competition, Rourkela



Rourkela, August 23rd 2015

Encyclopædia Britannica (EB) India organized the 13th Mother Teresa Quiz Competition in association with AOICSE on 23 August, 2015 at Carmel School, Rourkela, Odisha. More than 98 schools participated from Odisha and Chhattisgarh region. The quizmaster was the charismatic Mr Vinay Mudaliar.

There were three categories for participation – Sub Junior, Junior, and Senior. In the Junior category (Classes 9 and 10) six teams were short listed based on the written test organized by the AOICSE, and they faced each other at the live quiz contest. EB India sponsored the prizes for the competitors in the Junior category.

The team from St Paul’s School, Rourkela won the competition and each team member received an Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, a subscription to Britannica Kids, and a Merriam–Webster’s Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. First Runners up - Belpahar English Medium School, Belpahar received Deluxe Reference Suite DVD and Merriam–Webster’s Compact Dictionary. The team from St. Vincent’s Convent School, Balasore which was the Second Runners up were given a Merriam–Webster Dictionary each.

EB India partners with Assocham to deliver research paper on “Quality Education for ALL– Role of ICT”



Le Meridien, New Delhi, August 19th 2015

Encyclopædia Britannica (EB) India was the Knowledge Partner for the Assocham conference – “Quality Education for ALL– Role of ICT” held on August 19, 2015 at Le Meridien, New Delhi. The conference was attended by eminent personalities from the field of education, government, and information & technology. Mr. Sarvesh Shrivastava, MD, EB South Asia was the key note speaker for the event and he addressed the necessity of ICT intervention for the improvement of the education scenario.

Mr Shrivastava mapped out how ICT can help bring the much needed changes in today’s education. He emphasized on the need of ICT for quality education and the importance of Inclusive Infrastructure (I), Content to support pedagogical changes (C), and enabling teachers through teacher training and change management (T). To realize Quality Education for All, all these components need to be in sync.

EB India also presented a detailed Research Paper at the conference, title “Quality Education for All”. The paper introduces a new definition of ICT, infrastructure – digital India, learning solutions and online learning, importance of pedagogy and teacher training, and ICT as an enabler for increasing employability.

Grand Launch of Encyclopædia Britannica’s E–library – Library Unplugged



India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, August 18th 2015

Encyclopædia Britannica (EB) launched its award – winning E–library offering – Library Unplugged on August 18, 2015 at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. The launch was attended by over 120 guests – including esteemed Principals and Librarians from over 60 top schools of Delhi Region.

The grand evening was hosted by Mr Vikas Sharma, Head – Marketing, EB South Asia and Mr. Sarvesh Shrivastava, MD, EB South Asia delivered the welcome address. Samsung India was our partner at this grand launch and Mr Amit Mathur, Business Head South West Asia – Education, Samsung spoke about their partnership with Encyclopædia Britannica and Samsung’s innovations for the education sector. Mr. Amit Kapoor, Director–Digital Learning, EB South Asia took to the stage to highlight Digital and Online trends in education and also talked about our digital and online learning solutions.

Mr. Rajiv Razdan, AVP, Digital Learning, EB South Asia unveiled the much awaited star of the evening – Library Unplugged. Through an engaging presentation he introduced the E–library Solution and explained in detail the many features of Library Unplugged.

The unveiling of Library Unplugged garnered a lot of excitement among the guests which in turn lead to a very animated and informative Q and A session between the guests and the speakers from EB.

The speeches and talks were followed by the announcement of the winner of the EB and Samsung Quiz, which was sponsored by Samsung. The lucky winner of the quiz was Ms Malhotra from St. Thomas School and she won a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

After closing remarks and a vote of thanks by Mr. Ved Prakash, VP – Curriculum Sales K–12, EB South Asia guests enjoyed a lovely evening of cocktails and dinner.

Encyclopædia Britannica – The Knowledge Partner for Hindustan Times Inquizitive 2015



New Delhi, August 7th 2015

The 15th edition of the annual HT-Pace (Hindustan Times – Partnerships for Action in Education) inter school quiz – Inquizitive took place on August 7, 2015 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. Encyclopædia Britannica (EB) was the Knowledge Partner for the much loved quiz show which was powered by Mr Siddhartha Basu and his team – Tree of Knowledge and hosted by the very energetic TV anchor, Mr Rajiv Makhni.

The event drew around 3,000 school students among whom were quiz enthusiasts and cheering teams which did a very good job of cheering on the participants. The six finalists qualified after getting the highest scores in the written qualifier. After six nail biting rounds of stimulating quizzing,DPS – RK Puram came in third, while DPS – Indirapuramclinched the second position, and the winners were the duo Mayank Anand and Sarthak Sachdeva from Rukmini Devi Public School – Pitampura. The winners and participants received trophies, mementos, and bikes and as Knowledge Partners, EB, gave the winners and other finalists exciting prizes.

The winners received Encyclopædia Britannica 2015 Ultimate DVD and Britannica Kids Combo along with a Merriam–Webster’s Advanced Learner’s Dictionary each. Each of the first runners up received an Encyclopædia Britannica Deluxe Edition 2015 DVD, a Britannica Kids subscription and a Merriam–Webster Dictionary. The second runners up were given a subscription to Britannica Kids and a Merriam–Webster Dictionary each. The consolation prize for the teams in the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions was a year–long subscription to Britannica Kids. The audience also got a chance to answer questions and win Britannica CDs and DVDs in the Encyclopædia Britannica Audience Round.

Encyplopædia Britannica at the Indian Education Congress 2015, New Delhi



New Delhi, June 10th 2015

Encyclopædia Britannica India (EBI) participated in the Indian Education Congress 2015, held in New Delhi on 10 June, as the Publishing Partners of the event. The two day event had sessions on varied topics that concern today’s education scenario followed by an awards function.

Vineet Whig, Chief Operating Officer, Encyclopædia Britannica – South Asia represented EBI in one of the panel discussions on the topic – Building Future Schools Today (Changing Dynamics of K-12 over the next five years). As a panellist Mr Whig said, “In the Indian context, we at Britannica believe that K-12 learning in future schools would be an interplay between evolving pedagogy supported by affordable digital capabilities, towards successfully overcoming the digital divide that currently exists.”

The discussion centred on topics such as optimum utilisation of existing resources, strategic planning for digital schools, and clarity around affordances vs adoption of digital learning. The panellists also provided answers to questions regarding effectiveness of pedagogical innovation, move to online testing in schools, and on ways to improve school culture that better meet the academic, social, and technical needs of 21st century students.

Encyclopædia Britannica at the 9th Indian Trade Fair, Colombo



Colombo,Sri Lanka May 7th 2015

Encyclopædia Britannica participated in the 9th Indian Trade Fair 2015 held on 7–9 May 2015. We were the only organization exhibiting Education and Training products and services in the trade fair. We showcased our unique education and training products such as Curriculum Books, Britannica Academic Edition, Merriam–Webster Dictionaries, E–Books, and the English Language Lab.

The trade fair was organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI) in association with High Commission of India, Colombo, Sri Lanka and with the support of Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

This platform gave us an opportunity to expand our reach in Sri Lanka.

Launch of Kazakh to English online dictionary



Astana,Kazakhstan April 9th 2015

In partnership with the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan, Knowledge Partners, the exclusive partner of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. USA in Kazakhstan, has launched a Kazakh to English online dictionary of more than 27,000 words.

The announcement launching this comprehensive online dictionary was made at the WORLDDIDAC exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The online dictionary is available free of cost from the official website of Knowledge Partners

Know for Sure Quiz, Hyderabad



Hyderabad, March 7th 2015

Encyclopædia Britannica India organized Know for Sure Quiz–II on 7th March 2015 in association with the Narayana Group of Schools in Hyderabad, Telangana. A total of 210 teams from Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha participated in the prelims of the quiz, which was in the form of a written examination. Out of 210 teams, a total of 6 teams qualified for the final round, which was conducted by India 's legendary quizmaster, Mr Siddhartha Basu.

Aishwarya Karthik and Supreetha Reddy from Bengaluru – VRP won the competition. Winners were given Rs. 1 lac cash and Britannica Global Edition worth Rs. 35000/–. 2nd Prize Winners Rajendra G.V.V and Divya S. from Chennai – RP won Rs. 50000/- cash and Britannica Student Encyclopedia set worth Rs. 18900/–. 3rd prize winners Kanishk Chowdary G. and Revanth Turlapati from Hyderabad – OKP won Rs. 25000/– cash and Britannica World Atlas, Britannica Visual Dictionary and Ultimate Reference Suite worth Rs. 9000/– .

Britannica®School Wins Bett Award



London, January 21st 2015

Britannica® School, our comprehensive information solution for the preK–12 classroom, has won the prestigious Bett Award, the highest honour for an educational–technology product in Britain. We add this to several other awards that the product has won, including the Golden Lamp and Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of American Publishers, and a host of outstanding product reviews from educators and journalists in several countries. Demand for Britannica School continues to be strong around the world, and through the hard work of our editors, developers and marketing teams we continue to improve it.

More information about the Bett Awards is available at the Bett Awards website.

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