Chennai, Jan 24 2017: The Great Indian Career Challenge (GICC), India's first Career Quiz for high school
children conducted by Lodestar – a successful Career Guidance Companyheld its grand finale of its first edition
in Chennai, at Vidyodaya Girls Higher Secondary School, T Nagar.About 600 students, teachers and parents
from all over Chennai participated in the grand finale of GICC.
The most challenging career quiz that witnessed a great participation from top educational institutions to small
schools was triumphed by VarshaSenthil and Omeesha Krishnan from Vaels International School. The runners
up were AshwathBhargav and Vibin Sri Balaji from Prince Metriculation Higher Secondary School. All the
winners grabbed the total cash prize of Rs 60,000.
The prelim rounds for GICC kicked-off in the month of November and December and wereorganized at their
respective schools. It had an interesting participation of 80 high-schools and 15,000 high-school students. After
the prelims, top 8 students (4 teams of 2 each) from each school were selected to compete in the semifinals
and then top 6 teams from semiswere chosen for the grand finale.
The career quiz aims to break down traditional barriers and mind sets one comes across while choosing a
career. Regrettably, even parents advise children to pick traditional careers like engineering or medicine
because they appear to provide the job security.
However, most people are unaware of the huge universe of opportunity where there are over 250 career
options available, which can match a child’s true calling and aptitude. This first of its kind initiative aims to use
the platform of a quiz competition to make students aware of the plethora of options available, which in turn
can enable them to start planning towards a rewarding career.
Subodh Jindal, Co-Founder and COO of Lodestar said, “Through this quiz, we aim to reach out to the common
people and make them aware about the existing career opportunities a child can choose. We are
tremendously happy about the success in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad and we plan to reach out to
other cities, shortly.”
Apart from Chennai, GICC was simultaneously conducted in Hyderabad as well, where 15,000 students from 90
schools participated. In August 2016, in Bangalorein its second edition, GICC saw the participation of 18,000
students of class 9th and 10th from around 150 schools in Bangalore and Mysore. 600 students qualified to the
grand finale where they competed for prizes of over Rṣ. 1 Lakh.
Headquartered in Bangalore, Lodestar India’s first career guidance companywas foundedin 2015 by Murlidhar
S and Subodh Jindal and has Mr.AnandSudarshan,former MD and CEO of Manipal Global Education Services as
its Chairman. Mr. MadanPadaki co-founder and former CEO of Meritrac, is amongst the advisors to Lodestar.
Lodestar uses a scientific approach to enable parents to make smart decisions for their children in class 10. It
uses reliable and authentic data-driven approach to career guidance and career building.
The program helps high school parents and students to make smart career decisions through use of accurate
data, exploration of careers, psychometric tests and guidance by an expert. Lodestar exposes and educates
both parent and child about the wide number of career options available today (250+), engaging with parents
and child through trained guidance specialist to navigate them through career decision
process. Each person is given individual attention through sessions with additional material to read online.
Lodestar’s vision is to be India’s largest and most comprehensive Career Guidance Services by helping
millions of students and their parents in choosing their true career and hence helping society at large, in
creating more successful and happier professionals across all walks of life. They aim to do this through single
minded focus on customers and their needs and providing them with intelligent, smart, easy to use solutions