Ranchi, July 16, 2014: The first season of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2014 (CCCC 2014 in short) was inaugurated today, 16th of July 2014, by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri. Hemant Soren. The inauguration ceremony, at the Delhi Public School, Sail Township, Ranchi, was presided over by Smt. Geeta Shree Oraon, Hon’ble Irrigation Minister, Jharkhand, Shri. Sukhdev Singh, Principal Secretary to CM, Shri Vivek Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Environment & Forest Department, Govt. of Bihar, Shri. Avinash Kumar, Secretary, Irrigation Department, Govt. of Jharkhand and Shri. Manish Ranjan, Labour Commissioner, Jharkhand.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri. Hemant Soren emphasized the importance of solving crossword puzzles. Good vocabulary skills are important and benefit every individual’s career, the Chief Minister said. He further said that Jharkhand is honored to host the inauguration of such a historic event. He credited Shri. Vivek Singh, Chief Mentor of CCCC 2014, for taking personal initiative to provide such a unique platform to the students of India to grow their talent.
Shri. Vivek Singh said, “Employability has today emerged as a big challenge for the country as it gears up to reap the demographic dividend. Solving crossword puzzles builds articulation, problem solving and analytical skills capacity as well as the confidence. CBSE’s decision to introduce students to crosswords is a farsighted decision to initiate young minds into learning skills that their future employers will look for.”
CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2014 has been initiated by the Central Board of Secondary Education and is being coordinated by Extra-C. The contest is open for students of Class IX to XII, of CBSE, CISCE and State Board schools. CCCC 2014 is being conducted in two phases i.e. City rounds and the National round during July to December 2014. The city rounds will be held in 34 cities across India. The National round will held in New Delhi.
“This contest has received a very enthusiastic response. Over 400 plus schools are already in the fray from cities as diverse as Srinagar in the North to Kochi in the South. In view of persistent requests from schools from different parts of the country, the organizers have decided to extend the last date for registrations.” said, Shri. Kushagra Singh, Director (Legal & PR) CCCC 2014. The schools need to register themselves on www.crypticsingh.com in order to participate in this contest.
Shri. Rakesh Singh, President Extra C, Shri. Raj Narayan Singh, National Co-ordinator and Shri. Pravin Kumar were also present at the inauguration.
Winners: Agnimitra Anand, Aditya Sinha (DPS Ranchi)