“Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome,”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
With this idea in mind we ventured into the “Brain Writing” Session conducted by Ré—KCT’s Platform for Research and Exploration . This event took place in the Super 60 Launch Pad, in the 3rd floor of the Admin Block. The venue was filled with creative, like-minded people ready to provide solutions in any avenue provided to them.
The event kicked off with a general address by Mr. Arun, Executive- Ré. He spoke about the need for more research and development projects in our college. He also introduced the different levels that the team had and what role each level would have in providing the necessary physical, financial and mental requirements we needed in order to put our theories into motion. After the general introductions, he explained what exactly brainwriting is.
The general idea behind brainwriting is similar to brainstorming, wherein a group of individuals talk about possible solutions for a particular problem. Brainwriting involves the same principle, except that a group of individuals sit together and write out solutions for a particular problem. The topic given to the students gave them something to really think about—general problems faced by students in our college. These problems ranged from inadequate inter-departmental communication, lack of information regarding leave and other related issues for hostellers, constricted lab facilities and much more.
Most of the solutions provided were very innovative, insightful and thought provoking. Some of these solutions included webinars, virtual signatures for the green cards of hostellers, as well as a fax system to make sure that their documents would reach the requisite authorities promptly. Another idea was to build a college radio platform, which could serve as the primary source of information about the college.
As a result of this session, students exchanged ideas and papers and finally came up with wonderful and powerful solutions to their respective problems. We noted that if so many solutions had come from just a handful of students, it would be even more effective if this technique could be used in a larger group of people. It truly was an amazing way to reach the solutions in a systematic manner. This indeed paved way for everyone to participate and explore creativity in themselves. In conclusion, we found this experience to be much along the lines of a quote by Derek Landy, which goes like:
Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.
We hope that by conducting many such events like this in the future, we bridge the gap between the problem and the solution and pave a clear path for students to express their ideas for the benefit of not only our college, but of our country as a whole.