As part of an ongoing ‘Teacher Enrichment Program’ (TEP) sponsored under a flagship programme of UGC/CPE, Government Degree College, Baramulla Thursday organized a lecture on ‘Innovation: How to Overcome Classroom Creative Deficit’ here.
The invited speaker for the occasion was Dr. Sheikh Fayaz, Innovation Researcher, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy, School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hanzou, China.
At the outset, Prof. Mohammad Maqbool Rather, Principal, Government Degree College, Baramulla emphasized on the significance and importance of establishing incubation and innovation centres in educational institutions.
Prof. Rather said that the zeitgeist warrants teachers to be flexible cognitively in order to allow and increment divergent thinking, creativity, and innovation.
The Guest speaker Dr. Sheikh Fayaz presented a detailed and scholarly overview of countries across the globe in terms of their position and standing vis-à-vis the innovation and creativity.
He flagged and lucidly elucidated certain conditions, such as geographical conditions, cultural and institutional variations, shared mental models, system vibrancy, inclusive institutions, curiosity deficit, creative insecurity/risk investment, ignorance/arrogance, and knowledge gap that may increment or hamper the growth of innovation of countries and continents.
He also asserted that a supportive ecosystem is a necessary condition for scaling up technology and diversity of ideas or thought processes.
Dr. Fayaz while deliberating on the fundamentals of innovation emphasized that the most prominent feature of innovative enterprise is its economic value and marketability.
He also stressed that technology and innovation may cause some countries be privileged and affluent while countries that do not show any tendency or taste for technology and innovation could potentially be at disadvantage given the changing spirit of the times.