Temples of knowledge

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on May 11, 2018 Published on May 11, 2018

In keeping with the rest of the issue, this week’s quiz is all about places of learning.

1 The experiences of a Ricky Braithwaite, an engineer from British Guiana who taught at Greenslade School in London’s East End are chronicled in which bestseller novel, also made into a successful film?

2 If you graduate from India’s National Defence Academy, the undergraduate degree that you earn will be from which Indian university?

3 Whose last assignment in education was as the principal of Loreto House Calcutta before leaving to start her own chosen work in early 1948, after receiving basic medical training at Holy Family Hospital, Patna?

4 Which famed university actually has a lifetime free parking permit for all its Nobel Laureates? To date, 104 of them have graced their campus.

5 The senior students of which institution usually spend time on weekends in a nearby village, frequenting the likes of Honeydukes sweet shop, Zonko’s joke shop and Madame Puddifoot’s coffee shop?

6 Which Indian educational institution was actually awarded a Battle Honour in 1857 for the part staff and pupils played in the defence of a particular British residency?

7 Which great inventor and polymath started his career teaching Visible Speech at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes? He met his future wife Mabel Hubbard there as well.

8 In the hugely popular ’90s film Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander, which two institutions were the front runners to win the annual college cycling championship?

9 Prabhat Film Company was one of the pioneers of the Indian film industry and made over 45 films over 27 years, after being set up in Pune in 1933. What now stands on the Prabhat Studios campus?

10 If IIT Kanpur was primarily set up with support from the US, and IIT Madras with support from West Germany, which country was the main partner in IIT Delhi?


1.To Sir, With Love, which starred Sidney Poitier in the title role

2. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

3. Mother Teresa

4. The University of California, Berkeley

5. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from the works of JK Rowling

6. La Martinière, Lucknow funded by a bequeathment by General Claude Martin, with two other schools in Kolkata and Lyon

7. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone

8. Model, represented by Aamir Khan and Deepak Tijori’s Rajput. The other two colleges are Xavier’s and Queens

9. The Film and Television Institute of India, set up in 1960

10. The United Kingdom, IIT Bombay was set up in collaboration with the Soviet Union

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Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster and Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup; @joybhattacharj

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Published on May 11, 2018
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