KLS Gogte Institute of Technology Student Priorities

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Strategy #1 :“To have a makerspace on campus and encourage students to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills.” -Reeth Mohta

A makerspace is an open do-it-yourself space for people to gather and create. These spaces encourage students to design, build, invent and experiment as they deeply engage in science, engineering and thinking. It empowers students to create, ideate and fabricate their own designs. Makerspace’s will expose students to new opportunities, enhance our critical thinking and problem solving skills, and will provide an opportunity to innovate. It will help students create solutions to real-world problems.

Tactic 1: Utilise a place on campus and convert it into a Makerspace.

Tactic 2: Form a YoungMakers club on campus which will regularly conduct STEM projects.

Tactic 3: Identify and accommodate the Makerspace with all the required resources.

Tactic 4: Conduct hands on sessions for required lectures to enhance practical knowledge.

Tactic 5: Conduct project exhibitions. Displaying projects will intrigue and inspire students to create their own.

Tactic 6: Create a student body and faculty incharge to look over the Makerspace.

Strategy #2 :“To Incorporate Financial education into the curriculum of the Institution”- Neha Patil

According to an S&P survey, more than 75% of Indian adults do not adequately understand basic financial concepts.
Financial illiteracy causes many people to become victims of predatory lending, subprime mortgages, fraud and high interest rates, potentially resulting in bad credit, bankruptcy or foreclosure.
Teaching financial education can help to instil the knowledge and confidence young people need to make informed financial decisions,in both day-to-day life as well as in entrepreneurial business/startup activities. It includes the knowledge of making appropriate decisions about finance such as investing, insurance, real estate, budgeting, retirement, tax planning, stock market etc.

Tactic 1:Conduct various Workshops on financial understanding for students.

Tactic 2: Organize workshops to guide young entrepreneurs on campus.

Tactic 3: Organize talks by experts on various domains of financial education and entrepreneurship.

Tactic 4: Sessions that emphasize on investing in the right way by conducting mock scenarios to experience real life situations.

Tactic 5: Organize interactive sessions where students can discuss case studies of various startups and industries and can work as a team to come up with innovative solutions to real world problems.

Tactic 6: Implement student subscription to regular business newsletters to keep them updated.

Strategy #3: “Creating a sustainable and a more eco friendly campus"- by Aniruddha Chhatre

The world has to change if it has to survive.Taking steps to improve the current environmental situation is important, even if those steps are small. And what better place to start, other than our very own campus,where so many able minded people can interact.Development comes from construction, ideas, innovation and strategies.We have decided to take a step towards the betterment of the campus ecosystem by making proper use of the waste that is generated. Another thing that prevails in most colleges is paper.Tons and tons of wood is used to make paper, and most of the time paper waste isn’t disposed in the right way.We have come up with a few efficient methods to improve this scenario, and by implementation of which the self sufficiency of our college can be increased.

Tactic 1: Use all the waste food produced in the canteens to make biogas.Around 30-40 kilograms of wet waste is produced in the college canteens, and this can be put in a biogas plant.

Tactic 2: Start a system of waste segregation where dry and wet waste is separated.

Tactic 3: Start a community fridge- All the food material that could be of use to others (water, extra food, etc) can be stored in a community fridge.

Tactic 4: Spread awareness among students on the importance of proper waste management.

Tactic 5: Encourage students to participate in competitions that are based on renewable energy projects which can in turn be a step towards a start up.

Strategy #4: “REUSE, RECYCLE and GO GREEN-Encouraging the students on campus to come up with innovative solutions to paper and plastic wastage”-Sanjana Mamdapur

“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
—John Paul II
Educational Institutions are a space for creative thinking, a source of inspiration, and a starting point for developing a sense of awareness and responsibility. The journey to that goal begins with educating students in a healthy and sustainable environment.
The amount of paper we use during the semester- our class notes, assignments, tests, research papers etc. as well as the amount of plastic food and drink containers that are thrown away are enough for us to be called culprits that aggravate global warming.
Rather than letting those reusables and recyclables end up in the landfill, we want to make sure all these materials are disposed properly for future use and encourage students to make the campus eco-friendly.

Tactic 1: Conduct a brainstorming session for students to come up with innovative ideas to this problem statement.

Tactic 2: Encourage students to take up the initiative to lead a group of students to implement their idea to make the campus self sustainable, which will in turn enhance their leadership skills and develop a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Tactic 3: Discuss this issue with the stakeholders and faculty members and come up with ideas and motivate the students and faculty to collaborate with each other.


Strategy #5: “Creating innovative mind-set among students and spreading entrepreneurial skills” by Chethan Kumar R E.

"There’s a lot of buzz going on in the world about Innovation and Entrepreneurship and rightly everyone needs to be aware of it. And so should be our peers aware about I & E opportunities around them. Having everything in the campus easily accessible to every student is every college’s objective. Likewise, we would be excited to create a platform where in a student could have ease of access about Incubation centres and entrepreneurial cells in the college. We will also have student know about every innovative competition that is live and they can take part in. We feel this is most necessary and hence would be working towards bridging the gap between students and I & E opportunities."

Tactic 1: Create an app called ‘GIT I&E’ with all the necessary details about I&E resources available in the campus like startups and incubation centres.

Tactic 2: Conduct awareness programmes about the need of Innovation in the present world and make student develop a prototype of their innovative ideas.

Tactic 3: Make peers realise the need to empathize the problems around them.

Tactic 4: Motivate students to participate in Innovative competitions.

Tactic 5: Inviting Entrepreneurs to the college for talks and workshops which will serve as a source of inspiration to the peers.

Tactic 6: Provide a platform for students to connect with successful entrepreneurs to seek motivation and entrepreneurial skills. 


Strategy #6- " To develop on campus mutual learning and mentorship amongst students." - Neeraj Deshpande 

Group studies have always bee preferred for peer to peer learning. As on campus change agents, it would be our priority to change the way peer to peer studying works. So in order to make it more productive and interactive, knowledgeable and to change the traditional studying method on campus, we plan to build a mentorship forum application. The application will be exclusively utilized to connect a mentor student and a mentee. The application would provide the opportunity for students to register as a mentor or a mentee, and start an exercise of mutual learning. The platform would fill the void of ranged academic assistance for the student and can connect the mentee to the mentor of his/her choice. The app provides various features like notes sharing, querying and answering questions. Also updates that the student mentor wants to convey can be done through this application. The students can request for mentorship through this forum from their desired choice list provided.

TACTIC 1:Motivate senior students of the college to take up mentorship.

TACTIC 2:Encourage students to go for mentorship forum to get connected to their mentors or mentees on the forum.

TACTIC 3: Host frequent one to one sessions for mentors and mentees.

TACTIC 4:Set up a periodic feedback mechanism and make changes for better learning experience between mentor and mentee.

TACTIC 5:Encourage the mentees to take up mentorship once they find progress in their academics, so that the learning process never stops.

TACTIC 6:Provide  a provision in the app for the faculty members to review the progress.  

Strategy #7:  To have a makerspace in the campus and encourage interdepartmental collaborations. – Pratiksha Nagarkatte

Makerspaces provide students with access to hands on, state of the art prototyping technologies, encourage collaboration between diverse teams of students from all years and majors, bolster design within engineering curricula, and extracurricular activities and enable students to tackle open-ended, real world challenge. Furthermore, they empower students to fabricate their own design, which helps them to achieve a deeper learning experience, and gain higher satisfaction, also contributing to producing more student entrepreneurs. With the increased attention to the role of design throughout the engineering curriculum, the increased awareness of the value of active learning and team based problem solving, the increased support for both faculty-led and student-led entrepreneurship activities, all coupled with the culture shift on college campuses influenced by the maker movement have played major role in inspiring universities to invest in Makerspaces.  

Tactic #1: Introducing STEM education: An interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Tactic #2: Identify a space in the campus, which could be potentially used as a makerspace.

Tactic #3: Identify the resources already available and State the Requirements that could be made available.

Tactic #4:Have a student run organisation for the functioning of the makerspace along with a faculty mentor and associated professors.

Strategy #8: Inculcating the process of creative thinking in the campus. – Mirage J

One of the most important quality in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship is creative thinking. “Think out of the box” is what everybody says, but practically only a few apply it.  Problem solving and critical thinking have been a major criterion in the present years. Having a fresh perspective to one challenge is always a benefit. To come up with non-obvious, non-orthodox solutions is what people will require in the coming time. So, to prepare the students to create numerous solutions for coming challenges, creative thinking has to be inculcated.

#Tactic 1: Implementing “creative thinking” as a minor subject with credits.

#Tactic 2: Having activities like “The marshmallow challenge” in every session, which will promote team work and other skills.

#Tactic 3: Identifying problems in the camps and finding solutions by creative thinking methods and practically implementing the best ones.
Advantage: Having numerous solutions to one given problem.

#Tactic 4: Inviting alumni placed in reputed companies to share the importance of creative thinking in corporate companies.
 
#Tactic 5: Having brainstorming sessions on weekly basis to discuss on the burning topics in innovation and entrepreneurship and finding solutions in a creative manner.

Strategy #9: Creating a student community that spans across branches to promote flow of ideas - Sanjana Baliga

There is a burning need for a platform where students can meet and interact with each other. There are students eager to learn new things and there are also students eager to teach what they know to others. There are a few student clubs on campus that exist, but are not functional. We need to revive these clubs so that they can start organising competitions and workshops for students. Apart from this, we need to identify students from every branch who have good knowledge about their field and can teach other students. They will form the core team of the community. Then we can organise meetups for interested students on selected topics every weekend (say, Saturdays) where students can meet and discuss concepts and ideas. This will lead to greater interaction between students, and creating a conducive environment for innovation. Under this community, we can also have a group of students who work on larger, long-term projects that will help the college. Currently, we rely on third-parties for several software solutions. These groups focused on projects can elect a faculty member who can guide them. To ensure greater participation of students, we will require bus facilities on the weekends. Also, having a space where such sessions can be conducted is essential. Teams involved in cultural activities like art, drama and music can also be involved in this community and have events for students who may want to learn from them.

Tactic #1: Talk to heads of existing clubs, see what kind of activities they can organise and find out how they can help - October end

Tactic #2: Find out the exceptional students from each branch who can lead the student community - October end

Tactic #3: Organise an informal meetup - a mock session of what is to come. Gauge response from students - November

Tactic #4: Existing clubs will organise a competition/event - January Tactic

Tactic #5: Integrate cultural clubs - February Tactic

Tactic #6: Ask for a space of our own - March


Strategy #10:Simplifying the process of bringing ideas to reality - G Sanjana

Tactic #1 : Step by step procedure for any application process. : Students do not have to run around searching for people and permissions. A flow for application of various patents, approvals and permissions should be present     

 Methods : a) Single form specifying all the requirements b) Non ambiguity in providing information c) Less face to face interactions and more of online interactions  

Tatic #2:  Opportunities available to pitch ideas should be known. Providing information of various presentations , exhibitions happening through social media platforms/ college magazines.

Tactic #3: Proper Guidance and mentors information. Supportive and knowledgeable mentors and staff for students


Strategy #11: Increasing the number of hands-on sessions  - Sagar Shinde 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”– Benjamin Franklin. Nothing beats practical, hands-on learning when it comes to understanding a subject and preparing you for your chosen career. In order to foster innovation there must be an increase in the amount of practical work with specific learning objectives in mind. The hands on sessions can be conducted during regular classes/labs, or else we can have a specific amount of time reserved for them after the regular schedule. Students will be able to solve real world problems and build products based on what they have been taught.Below, the tactics to increase the number of hands-on sessions have been mentioned.

Tactic #1:Conducting hackathons on campus in order to solve real life problems and enhance coding skills

Tactic #2: Conducting start-up weekends where we will have inspirational talks by entrepreneurs and where students can pitch their ideas and build products for real customers

Tactic #3: Implement project based teaching in which students apply all the concepts learnt in the form of projects and work on a project for one full day in a week

Tactic #4: Creating Makerspace in the campus where the students can design, prototype and manufacture products.  


Strategy  #12: Encouraging Entrepreneurship on the Campus  -  Ajay  Chandrapattan

“CREATING  A  JOB  IS  BETTER  THAN  FINDING  ONE” Encouraging  entrepreneurship  on the campus is a challenging and significant task . The following reasons are broadly the hindrances due to which students  are not involved in entrepreneurship :

1) Conventional mindset of the students  - to get a secured job right after graduation; 2)Lack of awareness  and interest in the process and concept of entrepreneurship; 3) Not coming out of the comfort zones of a lucrative job and no risk –taking capability for becoming an entrepreneur, etc. The following tactics are the ways through entrepreneurship has to  be encouraged among the students in the campus : 

Tactic  #1 :  Encouraging Start – Ups  and  extensively promoting  new concepts  like – “ONE BATCH – ONE START-UP”

Tactic  #2 :  Working on unfinished projects/ potential  ideas or concepts left out by the passed out final year students

Tactic  #3 :  Encouraging Inter – Disciplinary project groups.

Tactic  #4  :  Industrial Visits should be organized twice a month.  

Tactic  #5 :  Organizing workshops on Marketing skills

Tactic  #6  :  Implementing ‘Design Thinking as a Core- Subject’

Tactic  #7 :  Creating awareness and spreading the information about various available modes of funding for the Start – Ups like – government schemes like StandUp India, StartUp India, New Age Incubation Network (NAIN), etc.


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Leadership circle Fall 2019:
Aniruddha_Chhatre
Neha_patil
Reeth_mohta
Sanjana_Mamdapur

Link to Pitch video

Leadership circle Fall 2018:
Chethan Kumar R E
Neeraj_Deshpande
Pratiksha Nagarkatte
Mirage Joshi


Leadership circle Fall 2017:
Sanjana Baliga
Sanjana Gombi
Sagar Shinde
Ajay Chandrapattan


Leadership circle Fall 2016:


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