India’s Prince Sumberia defeated 13 finalists from six other Asian countries to win the ICDL Asia Digital Skills Challenge held in Singapore last week.
According to Daily Excelsior, the engineering student from Model Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) had to jump through several hurdles before emerging victorious, from getting a passport to visit Singapore to battling surprise Internet bans in Jammu and Kashmir.
“It’s a great achievement for India and demonstrates the highest level of digital competence amongst the youth of India,” ICDL Foundation CEO Damien O’Sulliven said, as quoted by Edex Live.
O’Sulliven also said Prince showed exceptional competence in computer technology, beating his competitors from Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Bhutan and Vietnam.
ICDL Foundation, an international non-profit that aims to improve digital competency, organised the competition open to students in tertiary education institutions across Asia, the first of its kind ever held in the continent.
The challenge tested the students on their core digital skills, such as Online Collaboration, IT Security and Advanced Spreadsheets.
To get to Singapore, Prince had to compete with 3,000 students from 26 Indian cities in the national finals in India, where he emerged as the joint winner with one Josuto Rudopra from Nagaland.
As champion, Prince gets to join a fully sponsored Student Exchange Programme with ICDL at an international location of his choice as well as a laptop from ICDL.
The runners-up in the finals held in Singapore were Ang Yee Chin representing the National University of Singapore, and Thailand’s Tatsapun Ngamsompornpong representing Bankong University, in second and third places respectively.