Under the Peepal Tree
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Under the Peepal Tree (UTPT) is the annual quiz fest organized by RV QuizCorp, the quiz club of RVCE, Bangalore. The year 2018 will witness the 20th edition of this famed quizzing festival after the tremendous response to the previous edition which saw a footfall of more than 2500.
UTPT began in the year 1998 in Bangalore and as a brainchild of Avinash Mudaliar and Gopal Srinivasan, two of India's most renowned quiz masters. UTPT is indeed Asia’s Largest Quiz fest, for the fact that 7 unique quiz events are held each and every year over a course of 3 days and for the varied demographics it attracts. 6 of the 7 quizzes are for school and college students only, and the other is for all public (all students, corporates and others). UTPT is spread over 3 days consisting of 7 quizzes:
- Indi-Genius – an India Quiz for School & College teams
- Ψ-Tech – a Science & Technology Quiz for School & College teams
- Game Theory – a Sports Quiz for School & College teams
- Lieut-En-Ent – a Literature and Entertainment Quiz for School & College teams
- The Fandom Quiz – a quiz for all the Pottermaniacs, GoT aficionados, LOTR fans, Marvel and DC nerds
- The Major Quiz - a General Quiz for School & College teams
- Magnum Open – a General Quiz open to one and all
Under the Peepal Tree 2018
Under the Peepal Tree 2018 will be the 20th edition of the fest. It shall be held from 23rd March to 25th March. The fest will celebrate the 20th year of RV QuizCorp and UTPT 2018 will be observed as the 20th anniversary edition with a new fandom quiz added to the lineup.
About RV QuizCorp
RV QuizCorp is the quiz club of RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, one of India's most well known engineering colleges. RV QuizCorp had its humble beginnings about ten years ago when two enterprising quizzers Avinash Mudaliar and Gopal Srinivasan, decided that a stage for testing mental prowess was of order in RVCE. Buoyed by the signs of interest shown by the students and the encouragement of the then principal, Prof. M.R. Holla, quizzing in RVCE emerged to be more than a hobby – it became a culture. Ever since, the tiny seed of an idea has transformed into the dense foliage of intellect and profundity it now is.
RV QuizCorp is among the most widely respected quiz clubs in the country. As quizzers and quizmasters, its members have displayed their mettle at every conceivable level.
To nurture and encourage budding quizzing talent in the college, RVQuizcorp organizes weekly quizzes and meetings. Topics for these meetings have been quite eclectic, ranging from popular subjects like Music and Sport to highly specific and specialized ones like Harry Potter and Combat Aircraft. Besides these regular quizzes, an annual event called 'Funda Mental' is conducted to determine the best team in college. The aim of the club is not just to increase the general awareness levels of its members, but also to inculcate in them the ability to think differently.
RVCE is the only institution in the country to have sent three teams to the prestigious BBC University Challenge Quiz hosted by Siddharth Basu on BBC World. A team consisting of final year students was invited for an exhibition round to kick off the inaugural season of the BBC University Challenge where they were pitted against Glasgow University, U.K. Two pre-final year teams have made it to the televised rounds in the inaugural (2003) and the second season (2004).