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VC participates in a dialogue on ‘Design Thinking’ by British Council

VC participates in a dialogue on ‘Design Thinking’ by British Council

Hyderabad, September 5, 2019: Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor of Krea University recently participated in ‘Mind the Gap’ - a dialogue between the UK delegation and Telangana's top recruiters, corporate leaders, academicians, UK alumni and young professionals, organized by the British Council. Held at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, on 5 September 2019, around 50 eminent personalities including entrepreneurs, senior academicians, corporate recruiters, management professionals and leaders from Hyderabad and wider Telangana attended the interaction.

Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy was a panellist on the ‘Promoting design thinking for industry 4.0’ discussion, moderated by Vijay Bawra, a startup evangelist specializing in Open Innovation, Startup Incubation, Mentoring, developer ecosystems, Business Development, Strategic Planning etc. Deepti Varma, Head HR- Amazon India, the Middle East and North Africa, Prof Venkata Ramana, Vice-Chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education and David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University were the other speakers on the panel.

The session dealt with how Industry 4.0 is bringing disruption to many companies, impacting how customers are engaged, how technologies are employed and how value is created. The discussion centred around how today’s generation needs to gear up for a successful transition to Industry 4.0. The focus was on design thinking methodology which can guide companies to discover the key insights and define the correct courses of action when developing new innovative products and services.

During the discussion, the panellists ideated to find shared purposes between industry and academia in promoting design thinking amongst graduate, early career professionals and young leaders. Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy spoke about nurturing the mindset of design thinking in graduates and those at the threshold of a career.

Ms. Deepti Varma outlined the skillsets required in today’s generation for applying design thinking in an organization, while Prof Venkata Ramana stressed on the need to make design thinking academic and a new norm for all graduate programmes. Prof David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University summed up the panel discussion by providing rare insights into the prevailing best practices.

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