New Delhi, 3 April 2023 To boost the intellectual potential and explore the possibilities of university and college students, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has started the process of conducting the second edition of National Inter College Crossword Campaign (NICE). The online/offline competition to be held in three phases will be conducted from March to August. For this, free registration has started.
Students from recognized colleges and universities in the country can appear in NIC-23. The current edition is being organized in collaboration with National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) New Delhi and Xtra-C. The crossword competition will be conducted in hybrid offline/online. It has also grown in scope by including a mock round to prepare the participants mentally for the competition. In this regard, Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on the NICE 2023 campaign saying that it will attract youth, especially crossword enthusiasts.
Professor TG Sitaram, Chairman AICTE, said,” We are thankful to our visionary honorable PM Shri Narendra Modi who has urged the youngsters to actively participate in large numbers for NICE 2023. He is a role model for millions of our youth and i am sure we will see a record number of students registering for this event.
He further said that this event will ignite the minds of youngsters in a creative way.
Giving the details about NICE 2023, AICTE Vice Chairman Dr. Abhay Jere said, ” there will be a mock exercise on April 2 to familiarize the students with the competition pattern. This will be followed by four competitive online rounds on four consecutive Sundays on April 9, 16, 23, and 30.”
Clues about the Crossword will be posted every Sunday at 10.30 am IST at – www nice.cryticsingh.com for users and the app on NICE-22. The solution has to be submitted on the same day by 17.00 hours IST. The student with the fastest and correct solution will be given 1000 marks. The scores will proceed in descending order based on the time taken and the accuracy of the solution.
Stage-2 competition will be on offline mode. The top two performers from the participating institutes will form two-member teams to represent the institutes in the zonal round.
There will be two rounds for each zone. In the preliminary written round, a maximum of 50 teams from the participating institutes belonging to the zone will compete at a designated host institute. The top six performing teams will be shortlisted for the on-stage Zonal Finals.
Stage-3 will have five zones, North, South, West, East, and Northeast. The top three teams from each zone will qualify for the third stage of national finals to be held in Delhi in July-August. The National Finals will consist of two series. Written prelims and an onstage G-20 round, in which all qualifying teams will participate. Quarter-finalists will be selected on the basis of marks in a written round and a G-20 round. After that, there will be the semi-finals and final.
The schedule of phase-1 and 2 will be announced in due course. Member Secretary of AICTE, Prof. Rajeev Kumar said, ” last year NICE was conducted under the objectives of NEP 2020. IIT Delhi won the inaugural edition in 2022. It was followed by IIM Kozhikode at the second position and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore at the third position.”