Guwahati: Two third-graders from Guwahati have emerged as two of the 17 national champions of ‘India’s Largest Online Abacus Competition — SIP National Prodigy 2021′.

Eight-year-old Madrik Bairagi and Hriyan Kaushik Thakuria, both students of class 3 at the NPS International School, Guwahati, and who also happen to be friends, got the coveted title after competing with 27,000 kids between the age of 6-12 years from 20 states.

Organised by India’s biggest Skill Development organisation, the competition was a tough one where kids had to solve 200 mathematical sums in just 11 minutes. “They had to work faster than the calculator. Those who solved the maximum correct sums became the champions. It had 17 different levels and so we have 17 champions,” explained Dinesh Victor, MD of SIP Academy.

Madrik said, “Initially, I was afraid, but once settled, I was confident.”

Parents of both the boys said they are elated by the achievement.

While some big states couldn’t get a single title, Guwahati boys earned two Champion titles for Assam, which is a matter of great pride, said Tarunoda, who facilitated their training.

Surprisingly, the majority of the total 17 champions are from smaller towns.

Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash, the World’s fastest human computer, was the chief guest and announced the winners.

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