Avantika University Organizes ‘Design Thinking’ Workshop for Students in Bhopal

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 14 Oct 2016

Avantika University, Ujjain promoted by MIT Pune organized a workshop with Ryan International School to help students experience the spirit of design and explore a new era of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship

Students of Ryan International School participating in the ‘Experience Avantika’ workshop on design thinking 


Avantika University, India’s first design centered university, in association with Ryan International School conducted an experiential learning workshop on design thinking. The workshop titled ‘Experience Avantika’ facilitated learning by creating an interactive environment for students. With participation from about 80 students of class 11th and 12th, the sessions offered students a hands-on experience with prototyping ideas and showcasing creativity by making concrete solutions. It helped students foster design thinking mindset by developing analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. The session included various team building activities followed by a deep dive into design thinking process for problem solving.

Through such initiatives, Avantika University aims to bring about a paradigm shift in the quality of higher education in India. Eminent educationist Dr Sanjay Dhande, Chief Mentor, Avantika University, supported by a team of passionate design and engineering professionals and academicians is the driving force for this  endeavour.

Elaborating more about the workshop, Dr. Sanjay Dhande, Chief Mentor, Avantika University, stated, “Avantika aspires to become the change agent in higher education by developing the creative and analytical strength of student’s mind through a design-led approach with prominence to synthesis over analysis. ‘Experience Avantika’ workshops will enable students to learn a radically new education ideology in a fun and engaging environment to lead their development as an individual with a problem-solving attitude.”

Students were trained on a variety of problem-solving techniques by working on live projects wherein they brainstormed within teams to come up with unique prototypes and solutions. It presented them with an opportunity to learn the new stream of education with design as a fundamental.

Yasmeen Khan, Head Mistress, Ryan International School, Bhopal shared, “Children are the foundation for creating a better future. Investment in their education will reap benefits in the long run. We welcome ‘Experience Avantika’ workshop initiative in MP and hope that maximum children from our institution will benefit from it.”


Students being guided during the ‘Experience Avantika’ workshop on design thinking conducted at Ryan International School


An MIT Pune initiative, Avantika is conceived and envisioned by Professor Vishwanath D. Karad, Founder, Executive President & Managing Trustee, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering Education and Research (MAEER), Pune. Avantika will not just support professional growth but will also develop student’s acumen in innovation and entrepreneurship.

With its creative thinking and experimentation based approach Avantika is confident of creating change makers who will transform the societies. Avantika University is committed to building the next generation of Design-Technology-Innovators and Knowledge leaders. 

About Avantika University:

Avantika University is India’s first design centered university, driven by the spirit of design thinking. It blends a unique academic model that offers an integrated and immersive approach. Based in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh it aims to nurture and cultivate young minds who will function as enlightened citizens. Supported by MIT Pune, who have a firm footing in the field of education buoyed by their journey of more than three decades. For more, please visit http://www.avantikauniversity.edu.in.

About Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune:

Maharashtra Academy of Engineering Education and Research’s (MAEER) MIT Pune is one of the premier Institutes for Indian and Foreign students and it is one of the first private Engineering Institute established in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. There are about 71 Institutions run by MIT Pune offering Undergraduate & Post Graduate courses courses in Engineering, Management, Medicine, Pharmacy and so on.  Statistically, MAEER nurtures 50000+ students who are mentored by 3000+ faculty and supported by 2000+ non-teaching staff.

The group has spread its wings across Maharashtra with campuses in Kothrud, Alandi and Loni- Kalbhor within Pune, along with Latur, Talegaon, Ambejogai, and Pandharpur. Being the brainchild of its visionary founder, Prof. Vishwanath D. Karad, MAEER established in 1983, managed to craft a niche position for being a one-of- a-kind undertaking focused on value-based education.

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