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Strategy #1: “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 #2: To develop on campus mutual learning and mentorship concept amongst students- Neeraj Deshpande

Group studies have always been 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.

 

Strategic #3:  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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #5: Integrate cultural clubs - February

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

Strategy #6: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 #7: 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  #8 : 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.


Written by:

Chethan Kumar R E
Neeraj Deshpande
Pratiksha Nagarkatte
Mirage Joshi
Change Story video

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


Other links:
Leadership circle - Fall 2016 :

Campus overview 
Pitch video
KLS Gogte Institute of Technology (Website)
'Student Priorities'