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One-day workshop on ‘Innovation and design thinking’ held at GSSSIETW

Mysuru, March 29:- The IQAC Cell of GSSS Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women, Mysuru, in association with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering organised a one-day workshop on ‘Innovation and design thinking’ on Saturday (March 26).

Dr Gururaj K S, professor, Department of CSE welcomed the dignitaries and participants. He also briefed about the importance of the workshop to the participants. 

Dr M Shivakumar, principal, GSSSIETW, in his presidential address, briefed about the importance of design thinking and innovation to engineering graduates and its relevance in the industries for achieving professional excellence. He also insisted that this kind of workshop brings out the creative thinking process among the student community which is the need of the hour for every engineering graduate. 
Dr Nagendra R Setty, CEO and founder, along with Karthik G N, designer, Ideas Unlimited, Mysuru, discussed the design thinking approach that helps the graduates to be more successful in their careers which was attended by around 250 participants. He insisted that creativity can be improvised in all the products, services and programs that can be designed for the betterment of the society. 
He further emphasised that the design process should be human-centred which starts with the understanding of the customer needs to define the complex problem which will be followed by the ideation of innovative solutions.
He explained the importance of user research, personal creation and journey mapping as the tools to empathise with the user requirements. He informed the students to conceptualise the ideas with rapid prototyping tools with proper testing and validating of the prototype to solve real-world problems. 
Students participated in the team activity in order to solve the problems provided to them using the concepts of innovation and design thinking. He conveyed to the students that engineering design is an art and there can be varying solutions for a single problem based on the approach used by the designers to solve the problem with proper feasibility study while developing the products with better performances.  
Faculty coordinators Dr P Raviraj, Dr Manjula G, Dr Archana B and Dr Vinay Venugopal, HoD, Department of Physics were present. Dr Gururaj delivered the vote of thanks. (MR)

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