The Tolstoy Team, comprising Russian Language students from the Delhi University , came out with flying colours and adjudged the best in performance at the Russian Language Olympiad “AZBUKA-2011” held at the DU on September 21, 2011. The Olympiad was jointly organized by the Institute of Russian Language, Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), and the Department of Slavonik & Finno-Ugrian Studies, Delhi University (DU).
In all, twenty Russian language students constituting four teams—Tolstoy team, Akhmatova team, Sun team and Rain-Bow team-- consisting of five students each from the DU, participated in the Olympiad. The topics dealt with were the Russian grammar, vocabulary, writing texts, performing the characters of Russian plays expressing appropriate histrionics.
The students demonstrated their skill in responding the questions on the historic, political, cultural and religious background of Russia, the knowledge about outstanding personalities in different spheres, and the formation of Russia flag and the meaning of its specific colours, etc.
Dr. Girish Munjal, Director, Russian Language Institute, RCSC, conducted the proceeding of the Olympiad. The Jury comprised Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, Prof. Ranjana Saxena, Head of the Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies, DU, and Ms. Galina Golikova, Russian Language Teacher, Institute of Russian Language.
Both Prof. Ranjana Saxena and Ms. Tatyana Perova, in their introductory remarks explained the objective of the Olympiad pointing out that it was aimed at motivating the students on the significance of Russian language.
The winners received gifts, souvenirs and Russian books from the Jury. The Jury was highly impressed by the excellent performance of the participants, particularly their wonderful grasp on Russian history, literature, art, culture and tradition, and good command over the language, which is a clear sign of their enduring interest.