Priorities:VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology Student Priorities
M&M here means marketing and marketing.
We have observed that even though there are many resources related to I&E in our college, there is less awareness among the students. We plan on spreading awareness about the resources in the college.
We plan on doing this by
- digitalizing the college newsletters and planning a campus tour for the students which will be done elaborately by us.
- releasing podcasts titled "VOICE OF VNR" about the resources and all the recent activities and competitions in an innovative way.
- efficiently maintaining the data about all the projects done by the students and giving everyone access to the data.
This is what the first "M" of our M&M refers to. We have even planned to get feedback related to all the resources in the college and take the innovative ideas of the students too for the improvement of the initiative. This will be done by I4I - IDEAS FOR INNOVATION. We plan to do this by
- campaigning anonymously and just pasting the posters having only I4I in the college with no information to increase the curiosity.
- later placing idea boxes with different questions on each box scattered around the campus.
This is what the second "M" of our M&M refers to.
Jugaadin Hindi means a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way. Jugaad is the need of the hour so that the minimum resources can do maximum work. This requires fulfilling requirements of the problem given by us/chosen by them in a very innovative way using as much less resources as possible. The problem statements will be to solve the problems of the campus and the ideas that the students provide will be implemented in the college. The process for this program involves two strategies for the selection of problem:
- Students from various departments are grouped into a team.
- Each team visits various places in the college and identifies various problems prevailing in and around that area.
- In the second strategy, we announce the details of half-completed projects by seniors/alumni through 'VOICE OF VNR' to bring in awareness in the students regarding the strategy.
- similar to the above grouping technique, students from various departments are grouped and are given a choice to select a project from the lot displayed in a specific room called "JSR".
- After they choose a project/problem they are asked to complete the project using techniques like "JUGAAD".
In both the above processes,
- Since people from different departments have different approach towards finding a solution for a problem , there are chances of finding multiple flavors of solutions.
- Students then discuss on various constraints such as resources and come up with the best solution.
- Recognition is given to every idea equally so as to build confidence and give motivation to continue their innovative thinking.
3.PROMOTE THE LUXURY OF FAILING
The main problem of the lack of innovation culture roots to "FEAR OF FAILING" .It acts as a big hindrance when one wants to innovate and do something new.
We aim at reducing this fear to some extent by
- inviting people to narrate their failure stories and how failures helped them succeed.
- conducting competitions in which the idea is given more importance rather than the success of the idea.
- giving assignments in such a way that it is based not on the completion but on the innovativeness of the idea.
- organizing informal meetups where everyone can talk about their failures in an acceptable environment.
4.STUDENTPRENEURS-THE HELPING HANDS
We here plan on encouraging every small idea of every student and help it grow through effective guidance from the experienced faculty. We here plan on bridging the gap between the faculty passionate to help and students with ideas.
We plan on doing this by:
- implementing the 'ON-PAPER' policies to the maximum possible extent.
- giving some extra credits or some form of appreciation to students with viable entrepreneurial ideas.
- helping the impressive and viable projects take shape by funding through the college.
- promoting the students to take up the projects that are done to a certain extent by the alumni by making the database of the projects public so that the students can innovate the existing projects and join any project of their interest.
- helping students with their patents and the proceedings for the same.
The creativity in assignments gives impetus to thinking at the very basic level. This would be the initial step towards innovative thinking and improving the innovative culture in the campus. The encouragement would be given to formulate assignments for the students in such a way that :
- the students have to think out of the box.
- the students will be given tasks to work as a team and individually too.
- the students will be encouraged to think new so that they get extra marks.
- the time constraint is relaxed as much as possible.
- the focus is on the quality of assignments rather than the quantity.
- even the teacher has to involve with the students in the due course of the assignment so that the dynamics between the students and the faculty is strengthened.
This way, the students can promote the idea of innovation through recognition as their prototype will be implemented in the college. This would act as an encouragement to the fellow peers. All the information will be circulated through the newsletters, the podcast etc.