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Sep 17, 2006 at 07:22pm IST

The big battle of the B-schools

Mumbai: What happens when the top business schools of western India go to war? There are no guns and bullets but only questions, which were fired at the west zone rounds of the Acumen Business Quiz and Debate, organised by Business Today and the Aditya Birla Group.

With time at a premium, being the fittest is sometimes not enough as nimble fingers sometimes score over sharp minds when to comes to pressing the buzzer first to answer the question.

"The rounds initially were tough but then we pulled up our socks," Acumen quiz winner, west zone, Nikhil Narayanan from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management said.

See-sawing score cards, elation and disappointment were in equal measure as the fight for the top spot continued with the audience enjoying every moment of the action.

And the organisers of the event were delighted with the response. "It has grown over the years and has become a calendar event among the top B-schools," Publishing Director, Business Today, Pavan Varshnei said.

"It was great. The participants are sharp and audience interesting. I like the idea of Acumen," quiz master and cricket commentator, Harsha Bhogle said.

After two days of battle, it was finally time to take home the spoils — Sydneham Institute of Management and Symbiosis Institute of Business Management picked up the winners' prize.

"I will go back and ask them to come again. Should never miss it for anything," Acumen debate winner, west zone, Siddhesh Ranade and Komal Puri from Sydneham said.

Come November and Mumbai will be all set for the big battle as it will be hosting the national final.