(11 February 2008 2:00 pm)
MUMBAI: National Geographic Channel (NGC) has announced that 14-year old Neha Jain from Kolkata triumphed on the second edition of Nat Geo Junior Hunt.
The channel says that the event saw around 400,000 children participating from over four hundred schools across 10 cities in India.
In addition to giving the winner a chance to host Nat Geo Junior shows for three months this year, the channel has also established Nat Geo Junior Fund for the winner's future education along with a bouquet of prizes from the partners of the hunt Max New York Life and Parle-G.
Nat Geo Junior Hunt is the broadcaster's endeavour to extend its popular children's block on-ground, to provide an intelligent platform for kids, where they get to showcase their talent through a fun-filled and learning experience. A multi-faceted programming block for kids on NGC, Nat Geo Junior is very popular amongst kids and well appreciated by both teachers and parents for its fun and educational format.
Four finalists reached the finale after a host of rounds designed to asses their creativity, adaptability and abilities based on the multiple intelligence theory in alignment to the channel's "Think again" philosophy.
These scientifically designed rounds included aptitude tests, games, puzzles, debates, thinking-out-of-the-box challenges and an outdoor adventure camp in Sithlakhet, Uttaranchal.
All four finalists went through extensive grooming sessions with the British Council and the winner was selected by their experienced trainers.
NGC South Asia MD Nikhil Mirchandani says, "Nat Geo Junior was envisioned as a kid who is curious, adventurous, articulate, energetic and smart; in short, an all rounder and that is what we saw in this year's winner.
Now, the excitement begins, as we groom this bright kid as a host on the channel with his own show in true think-again style.
Max New York Life director of marketing, product and corporate affairs Debashis Sarkar said, "We are pleased to have partnered with National Geographic Channel for the second edition of Nat Geo Junior Hunt - a unique quest, which has unravelled the young bright sparks from our country.
"We at Max New York Life understand the importance of securing a child's future and parents who want to be absolutely sure about a secure future for their children."
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