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From fog nets to use of AI, ideas pour in at workshop

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Futuristic ropeways and Smart traffic lights; Fog nets and new design of RO water systems for households; incentivising garbage collection; using Artificial Intelligence (Artificial Intelligence) and use of Robots for sorting waste and reverse vending machines that offer green coupons when plastic bottles are returned.

Futuristic ropeways and Smart traffic lights; Fog nets and new design of RO water systems for households; incentivising garbage collection; using Artificial Intelligence (Artificial Intelligence) and use of Robots for sorting waste and reverse vending machines that offer green coupons when plastic bottles are returned.

These were some of the innovative solutions that were offered to solve the problems of traffic, water shortage and inefficient garbage disposal in Solan town by the year 2030. These solutions were not offered by environment experts or policy makers; but came from the 2nd year students of MBA Shoolini University during a week-long workshop on creativity, designed by author Dr Ashoo Khosla, who is a gold medallist in medicine from the HP University and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

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 By recognizing that creativity is a skill that can be studied and taught, Shoolini University yet again demonstrated its vision and forward thinking and joined the league of Universities like Harvard and Stanford which offer formal courses on creativity and consider it a very important skill for students.

Dr. Ashoo Khosla, who conducted the course, is the author of a book on creativity called “Off the Corporate Bus and into the Creativity Boat” that was published last year in November by Jaico, one of the leading publishers of the country. The book talks of a unique framework for learning creativity through techniques practiced by artists in various fields.

The course talked about these techniques in detail and included special sessions by experts who shared their experiences as well as the creative nuances of their field. This included Solan based nature photographer Shailesh Sharma, Hindustani classical musician Sanjoy Dey from Kolkata, artist and former art director for Haryana Tourism, Sumant Vadhera, Writer motivational speaker & former IAS office Vivek Atray, former Editor Indian Express Mr Vipin Pubby, Dr Anuradha Sourirajan, Professor & Dean Faculty of applied science and Biotechnology at Shoolini University and Dr. P.K. Khosla, the Vice Chancellor of the University who took a special session on Meditation linking it to creativity.

“This gave the students a chance to experience creativity up close and also inspired them to practice creativity in everything they do,” said Dr. Ashoo Khosla and added that “we hope that one or more breakthrough inventions for the world will come from a Shoolini student in the near future”.

Besides regular classroom sessions and the interaction with the experts, the course included several activities and exercises and concluded with the group presentations on innovative ideas to make Solan a model hill town by 2030.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the learning and said that it inspired them to use these creative tools in their personal and their future professional lives.  They presented their final ideas in creative ways like short movies, plays, presentations and write-ups. The course will now be extended to other faculties like Science, engineering and Pharmacy etc.

“Problem solving and ideation in every field are moving towards a more trans disciplinary approach and we want our students to have an open mind and want to equip them with tools that encourage them to take this approach in everything they do, “ says Dr. Ashoo Khosla. “They should think of multiple possibilities and perspectives for problem solving. They should come up with new ideas by being curious, observing, knowing patterns and making connections between the related as well as the seemingly unrelated things. We hope that one or more breakthrough inventions for the world will come from a Shoolini student in the near future” she concluded.