𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥(𝐈𝐈𝐂) 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟓𝐭𝐡 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩 𝐨𝐧 “𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧”. 𝐃𝐫. 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧 𝐊𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐫, 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐫, 𝐀.𝐒. 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞, 𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩.
A total of 70 students along with 12 faculty members attended this workshop. The workshop was organized to train the students on various aspects of Critical thinking and Innovation Design, which would motivate them to accept challenges, think out of the box and provide innovative designs to resolve the real-world problems.
The workshop was inaugurated by Principal Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Vice President IIC Dr. Dinesh Arora, Convener IIC Dr. Rajeev Puri and Innovation Activity Coordinator IIC Prof Punit Puri. The inaugural function was graced by all the members of IIC. The workshop started with DAV anthem, followed by formal introduction of the resource person by activity coordinator Prof. Punit Puri.
In the welcome speech, Principal Dr. Rajesh Kumar discussed the beauty of the human mind to think differently. No two persons in the world can have the same ability to handle the situations in exactly the same way. Dr. Rajesh Kumar emphasized on learning by doing. He said that the role of teachers is vital and important. The students now a days need to be innovative and they must follow their passion to achieve their goals in life. The students should become job providers rather than the job seekers. The entrepreneurship skills need to be developed amongst the students.
Dr. Charan in his opening statement made an assertion that we as human beings must exercise our minds. Whenever our mind encounters an emergency situation, our brain is put to auto pilot mode. It gathers all the energy to react to the situation. We as human beings must know the potential of our brain and work out to awake this potential as and when required. Passion is a big catalyst that can ignite the potential inside us.
Dr. Charan discussed the five human centred steps of design thinking. He said the empathy is the most important step and most start-ups ignore this step and hence fail. He discussed why understanding the goals and objectives of design thinking is important and why sense and sensibility are the core values of creating social innovations. He discussed how Design Thinking helps to tackle challenges such as the creation of new products, technological innovation, services, business models, processes and systems.
Dr. Charan mentioned that the motivation comes from inside. He narrated an incident when his daughter expressed her desire to make an electric scooter. He bought an old scooter from a junk dealer and used his imaginations and innovations to make a blueprint to convert the normal scooter into an electric scooter. He discussed the challenges involved in converting a mechanical scooter to electric scooter like converting it from single shocker scooter to double shocker scooter as the hub motor needs to be placed in the centre of the scooter. Dr. Charan also showed the recordings from various stages of his making the electric scooter.
In another project, to make a single riding glider, Dr. Charan demonstrated a wooden propeller that he designed himself. He explained the intricacies of the design to make it perfectly balanced for use in gliders and planes.
Dr. Charan demonstrated the method to make indigenous incubators required for growing certain types of mushroom crops like cordyceps militaries. He showed how he converted an old refrigerator and blower into an incubator. He used the empty jam bottles to cultivate mushrooms in aseptic environment.
Next project discussed by Dr. Charan was an indigenous hydroponics setup for growing vegetables at home, without soil. This is a perfect solution for people living in high rise buildings or flats, where they miss a kitchen garden. The system he discussed was a fully automated system with a timer switch for watering the plants. He encouraged the students to watch videos on YouTube for learning the simple welding, plumbing and other engineering tasks.
Another innovation by Dr. Charan was designing a low-cost ottoman from old SUV tyres. He discussed how he painted the old tyres and covered them with cloth to make a beautiful looking ottoman. He also showed a video of making a humidifier from old paint buckets and a cooler motor. He showed how to make a distillation condenser for extracting rose water from rose petals. He also showed clips from his worm compost unit and gave tips for the rapid growth of worms.
Besides utility projects, Dr. Charan also demonstrated his love towards music and art. He showed a guitar made by himself. He discussed how he got the idea of making frets out of welding wires. He showed the making of a xylophone, a slit drum, a perfect wind chime and discussed the details behind making a perfect instrument. He also discussed how the length and width of pipes can be adjusted to generate perfect frequencies. He also discussed how he calibrated the frequencies of these instruments.
Towards the end of the workshop, Dr. Charan showed small decoration pieces that he designed using white cement and silicon moulds. He motivated the students to start self-help groups to make hand crafted items. He also showed methods to make bone jewellery and discussed how to build a start-up around it. Dr. Charan also exhibited his innovations and students were very much inspired by the designs.
In the end, Dr. Rajeev Puri, convenor IIC proposed vote of thanks. He quoted that necessity is the mother of all inventions. We must develop an appetite to identify our needs and should keep our minds open and keep looking around to find ways to fulfil those needs.