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Kochi's Arshad Muhammed wins Aviva Young Scholar Nat Geo Junior Hunt
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MUMBAI: The hunt for India’s best young brain came to an end as 13 year old Arshad Muhammed from Kochi was announced the ‘Aviva Young Scholar Nat Geo Junior’.

In its third edition, National Geographic Channel’s nationwide school engagement programme, Aviva Young Scholar Nat Geo Junior Hunt saw over 4,00,000 children participating from over 400 schools across 14 cities in India.

As part of the gratification, the winner will host the Nat Geo Junior shows on the channel for three-months this year. The winner along with the other three national finalists and twenty city level finalists has also been awarded scholarship for higher studies by Aviva.

Aviva Young Scholar Nat Geo Junior Hunt is NGC’s endeavour to extend its children’s block on-ground, to provide a platform for kids, where they get to showcase their talent through a fun-filled and learning experience.

The broadcaster has tied up with British Council to design a module for grooming and selecting the finalists. All four finalists reached the finale after a host of rounds designed to assess their creativity, adaptability and abilities based on the multiple intelligence theory. These scientifically designed rounds included aptitude tests, games, puzzles, debates, thinking out of the box challenges; obstacle course and an outdoor adventure camp at Sithlakhet, Uttaranchal. All four finalists went through extensive grooming sessions with the British Council and the winner was selected by their experienced trainers.

NGC senior VP content and communication Rajesh Sheshadri says, “Through this innovative school engagement programme, our endeavour is to stimulate the intellect of our young, curious audiences to re-think and learn more about the world they live in, while enjoying the complete experience. We are extremely thankful to our partners Aviva India and the British Council for supporting the initiative”.

Aviva Life Insurance India director – marketing Vishal Gupta says, “At Aviva, we have a special focus on children and we continuously work towards securing their future, whether through insurance products or opportunities to help them realize their true potential. We are pleased to have partnered with National Geographic Channel for the third edition of ‘Aviva Young Scholar Nat Geo Junior Hunt’ - a fantastic platform for young kids to showcase their talent and get an opportunity to win Aviva Scholarships. My heartiest congratulations to the winner and the other finalists, who I am sure, will motivate more kids from across the country to participate in the next season.”

British Council director, Young Audiences and Future Leaders Programme / Customer Experience Mike Welch opined, “We’re again delighted to be involved with this programme. It may sound like bit of a cliché but nonetheless it’s true when I say that we have been impressed by the calibre of people entering this competition. It bodes well for India, and indeed the global community, that there are so many bright and engaged youngsters out there displaying so much potential!”

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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