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World Creativity & Innovation Day and World Earth Day were celebrated virtually at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus on 21st and 22nd April, 2021 respectively. Technical talks by experts, demo sessions by innovators, insights from entrepreneurs and various competitions kindled the creative and innovative sparks among people of all ages who participated enthusiastically.

Prof. K Chidananda Gowda, Former Vice Chancellor of Kuvempu University inaugurated the Institution Innovation Council Cell on the occasion of World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21st April, 2021. In his inaugural address Prof. Chidananda Gowda said that “Necessity is the mother of inventions and creativity is the mother of innovation. Smile is creative and laughter is innovative”. Elaborating on the subject he cited great innovators such as Elmer Gates, Henry Ford, Nicholas Tesla, Elias Howe and others to bring out the significance of creativity in human society leading to innovation. He further reiterated that it’s because of creativity from the sewing machine to automobile; we have reached the present level of technical progression which can be observed for minute hierarchical innovations in their technology.

Prof. Gowda also emphasised the need for present generation to explore the world of knowledge to generate innovative ideas by identifying the known, unknown and unknowable realms of knowledge.

Ms. Cindana Manikvel from Sugar Monkeys spoke on the need for creativity and innovation for succeeding in business. Prof. Nithin S Kale – Chief Technological officer Nanosniff Technologies, IIT Mumbai addressed on research, innovation & entrepreneurship at Nanosniff. Ms. Rini Sajeesh spoke on how her daughter ventured into Soap making despite her autistic barrier. Mr. Janardhan of Arivu foundation spoke on how their institution inculcates creativity among young minds which will help them learn life lessons. RJ Anjali of Red FM shared some of her creative ideas in making Wealth out of Waste. Dr. Sooraj K, INSPIRE Faculty Fellow at IISER Trivandrum delivered a technical talk on Computational studies for the development of electrode materials for Li and post-Li ion batteries. Mr. Montry Manuel from Austria presented Thalavattam, an innovative eco-friendly music composition using PVC pipes and utensils. Dr. Ajay Kumar G, Senior Researcher, Convergence Research Centre for Future Automotive Technology, South Korea delivered a technical talk on Current Trends and Future with Automotive Technology.

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