Collins India brings the popular SCRABBLE™ championship to schools in India

SCRABBLE™ championship will offer winners chance to represent India in France

 Collins India, the fastest growing K-12 publisher of textbooks for the CBSE, ICSE and state board curriculum in Indian schools, has launched the popular School SCRABBLE™ championship program in India, in association with Mindsports Academy. The championship which is open to schools initially across three cities will offer winners a chance to represent India at the World Youth Scrabble Championships in Lille, France in the month of August 2016.

The regional level championships will be held in Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Pune between 10th to 20th July. Schools from these cities will first sign up on the Mindsports Academy website to take part in the competition. The registered schools will then setup SCRABBLE™ clubs in their schools for interested students, aged between 8 to 12 years. These clubs would then initiate the tournament within the school and Collins India as well as Mindsports Academy will assist the school authorities in scoring the games, recording the results and judging the winners.

Regional finalists from each city will represent India at the World Youth Scrabble Championships, Lille, France to be held in August 2016. The National Championship will also be held at the venue in Lille.

Speaking on the occasion, Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO, HarperCollins India said, “We take immense pleasure in extending the School SCRABBLE™ championship program in India, in association with the Mindsports Academy. We are excited by the possibilities of this initiative to encourage students across the country to take to words like never before.”

Dave Brannan, Chairman of Mindsports Academy added that “The Mindsports Academy is excited at the opportunity to create new and exciting ways in which to learn and compete using Scrabble and other skill based games.. Along with our partner Collins we aim to build a lasting School Scrabble competition and learning programme across India with players of all ages and abilities taking part. We are already working with a selection of the world’s most respected corporations and Mindsports brands, the company works globally to promote the value of cognitive skills development to schools, clubs and individuals and believes that India can lead the way in creating new ways for students to learn and compete and the highest level.”

Dr. Elaine Higgleton, the International Publisher for Collins Learning further stated, “I’ve been involved with Scrabble – on the book publishing side – for twenty years and it is very fulfilling to see the launch of the schools Scrabble competition in India.  Scrabble is the ultimate educational game; players need exemplary vocabulary and spelling skills, well-honed mental maths skills and the ability to think strategically to be able to beat their opponents. I’m looking forward to seeing Scrabble cups starting to appear in principals’ offices all over India in the years to come, and to the year that a competitor from the India schools Scrabble wins the World Youth Scrabble Championship. It can only be a matter of time!  Good luck to everyone taking part this year.”




The SCRABBLE™ is an educational game. Educators and parents, worldwide, have found that SCRABBLE™ positively impacts participating kids by strengthening their verbal, spelling, math, time management, team-work, social and even strategic thinking skills.


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About Mindsports Academy:

Mindsports Academy  creates exciting new opportunities for the Mindsports community to come together and enjoy new events and experiences with like-minded enthusiasts. Already working with a selection of the World’s most well-known corporations and Mindsports brands, the company works globally to build the very best mind sports events and experiences.


BML Munjal University attains 100% placement for its founding MBA batch in reputed companies

Second year B.Tech students have also started summer internships in over 100 prestigious companies

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BML Munjal University, founded by The Hero Group, announced that it has successfully placed its entire founding MBA batch (class of 2014-16). All 26 students received placement offers from prestigious organisations such as KPMG, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, Amadeus, Siemens, TNS Global, Inlogsys Techno and Hero MotoCorp, amongst others.

The placement process saw participation from a large number of reputed organizations across various sectors. Students were offered jobs across various industries such as Banking, IT, Renewable Energy, Business Consulting, Market Research, E-Commerce, etc in roles pertaining to Finance, Marketing, Product Management, Consulting, Market Research, etc. Representatives of top MNCs came for campus placement and conducted various rounds of interviews and group discussions. The students performed very well and all 26 of them received their appointment letters much before completing the MBA program.

BMU commenced operations in August 2014 and this is the first batch of MBA students who have graduated. The students were selected for the MBA program based on a multi-dimensional selection process that took into consideration their performance in aptitude tests, academics, extracurricular activities, group discussions and personal interviews. In July 2015, 19 MBA students went for BMU’s Global Leadership Module at Imperial College London to study modules on Leadership, Design Management, Business Models, and Bringing Ideas to Market; allowing them to gain important international exposure.

The MBA program at BMU has been designed to prepare students for long and fulfilling careers. The curriculum constitutes around 60-65% theory based learning and over 35% of experiential-learning. The structure further includes ‘skill’ and ‘perspective’ courses which enable students to acquire a vast array of life skills such as critical thinking, ethics, negotiation and conflict resolution, and broaden student horizons.

BMU has also completed an impressive summer placement program (Practice School II) for it’s B.Tech students. The B.Tech batch has a total of 161 students who were offered summer internships with attractive stipends by over 100 prestigious companies. These include companies such asAirtel, Tata Steel, L&T, Carrier, Havells, DMRC, and many others. Practice School is BMU’s unique mentored internship program. Spread over 3 modules, B.Tech students spend 31 weeks working with industry, spread over the four year program. Each student is assigned an industry and faculty mentor, who guide the student throughout the process. Practice School modules contribute significantly towards a student’s final CGPA.

Congratulating both MBA and B.Tech students Akshay Munjal, President, BML Munjal University, said We are overwhelmed with the 100% success in placement of our first batch of MBA students across diverse industry sectors. We are confident that our students will become future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship, and carry forward the legacy of the institution. I am also certain that the B.Tech students will gain important industry skills and knowledge through their Practice School experiences.”

About BML Munjal University

BML Munjal University, (BMU) is a unique and innovative not-for-profit educational initiative of The Hero Group, which includes companies such as Hero MotoCorp and Hero Cycles. A fully residential and co-educational University, BMU is located in District Gurgaon on NH-8 (50 km from the Delhi International Airport). BMU offers MBA, BBA, BCom (Hons), B.Tech and Ph.D programmes.

Named after the Founder Chairman of the Hero Group Dr Brijmohan Lall Munjal, the University aspires to nurture ethical leaders who are skilled, knowledgeable and have the life-skills required for leading their organisations to success. The University seeks the advancement and dissemination of practically oriented knowledge benchmarked with the best global standards.

BMUs School of Management is mentored by one of the most prestigious Universities in the world – Imperial College London. Ranked 8th in the QS World University Rankings 2015, Imperial College London has played a key role in establishing IIT Delhi