Gurugram: Psych-ED, a Fortis School of Mental Health programme, witnessed a close competition among six finalists who competed for coveted championship held at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) today. Maharishi International Residential School Chennai won the title of India’s only national psychology quiz after an exciting session of quizzing on psychology among the teams.
The six teams – Delhi Public School, Chandigarh, Seth MR Jaipuria School, Lucknow, Navy Children School, Mumbai, Maharishi International Residential School, Chennai, DAV Model School, IIT Kharagpur and The Shri Ram School, Aravali, Gurugram – qualified in their respective zonal finals held at Chandigarh, Jaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Gurgaon before competing for the final today. The first online round of Psych-ED took place on August 7, 2019 which saw participation of over 4,000 teams comprising more than 12,000 children from 700 plus schools across 200 cities. The top 72 teams of the country qualified for the zonal rounds, which were conducted between August 16 to 23, 2019.
The larger aim of this initiative is to promote psychology and mental health awareness at the grassroots. Psych-ED takes an innovative approach to learning with the finale consisting of fun interactive games that test not only students’ knowledge, but also their teamwork and their ability to think on their feet under pressure.
Speaking after the felicitating the winners, Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Healthcare, said, “Mental health is one of the most important aspect for everyone well-being today. It is good health and mental well-being which are our real wealth. I am happy to see that school children have been so enthusiastically participated in a Fortis initiative that is intended to make the concept of mental health well-being popular.”
The quiz was conceptualized and conducted by Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis National Mental Health Programme. Speaking about the vision behind Psych-ED, Dr Parikh said, “To bring the joy of learning to psychology and encourage more and more young minds to read about the subject. We want the upcoming generation to become brand ambassadors for mental health – growing up to be more self- aware as well as more sensitive and empathetic others around them. Seeing the enthusiasm that students from across the country has been truly heartening.”
C. Narendran, the teacher mentor of Maharishi International Residential School Chennai said, “It’s wonderful to see a subject like psychology which is so relevant get so much importance. The students have been preparing for this quiz for many months – it’s given them an opportunity to think of psychology not just as a textbook subject, but as a means of understanding the world around them.” Psych-ED 2019 was supported by G D Goenka University, Project CACA, GRacia Raina Foundation, Rupa Publications, Intex, VIP Skybags and Gaana.