Discussion Forum: Critical and Creative Thinking

NARMADA COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT

DISCUSSION FORUM

 

“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”
 – Albert Einstein

The Discussion Forum at NCM met on 30th July, 2021. The session was on Critical and Creative thinking. It began with discussing the concept of critical thinking and fallacies in our thinking process. Dr. Shah presented the concept of Creative thinking, its meaning and significance in the knowledge economy. The future is unexpected. Creativity will enable us to deal with uncertainties and chart the best course forward. Those of us with a strong creative bent will be equipped to create value even when situations change and resources are constrained as the world around us changes swiftly.

Key Takeaways from the session:

  • Creativity is finding novel, practical ways to address challenges
  • Creativity isn’t inherent. Everyone is born creative.
  • In order to enhance creativity one must:
    • be curious and ask questions
    • make connections
    • take risk
    • challenge yourself
    • question assumptions,
    • give your ideas time to grow,
    • cultivate your great ideas
  • Few techniques to improve creative thinking are, fractionalization, analogies, mind mapping, random words, brainstorming, jigsaw puzzles to name a few.
  • These techniques must be practiced in our daily activities to enhance creative abilities.

The session ended where participants quoted real life incidents where they have given creative solutions to problems.

MoU: NCM and NCSC sign MoU with GEC, Bharuch

Date: 11/05/2021

Venue: Narmada College of Management.    

Narmada College of Management (NCM) and Narmada College of Science and Commerce (NCSC) have signed MoU with Government Engineering College (GEC), Bharuch on 11/05/2021. The main objective of the MoU is encourage research and entrepreneurship sprit among the students under the mentorship of faculty members of all colleges.

Dr. Paresh Shah, Director (Education) – NEST, Dr. B M Rawal, Principal – NCSC, Dr. Trupti Almoula, Director – NCM, Dr. S R Joshi, Director, GEC – Bharuch, Prof. Vishal, GEC, Prof. J P Gandhi, NCSC, Mr. Kanu Raval, NCM, Dr. Chetna Makwana,NCM, Dr. Subhash Yadav, NCM, and Prof. Rashmi Ghamawala, NCM were present at this prestigious event.

MoU: NCM and NCSC sign MoU with BDMA, Bharuch

Date: 12/05/2021

Venue: Narmada College of Management.    

Narmada College of Management [NCM] and Narmada College of Science and Commerce [NCSC] have singed MoU with Bharuch District Management Association [BDMA], Bharuch on 12/05/2021. The main objectives of the MoU are sharing and developing the Technical, Management, Scientific, Commercial skills and humanity amongst students and professionals. It also aim of accelerating exchange of knowledge between academicians and practitioners.

Dr. B M Rawal, Principal – NCSC, Dr. Trupti Almoula, Director – NCM, Mr. Harish Joshi, President – BDMA, Mr. Devang Thakore, Vice President – BDMA, Prof. P J Raajgadi, NCSC,  Dr. Chetna Makwana, NCM and Mr. Kanu Raval, NCM were present at this prestigious event.

 

Date: 13/05/2021

Venue: Narmada College of Management.    

Narmada College of Management [NCM] has singed MoU with Junior Chamber International [JCI], Bharuch on 13/05/2021. The main objectives of the MoU is to development of presentation and public speaking skills of the students and also to make them industry ready.

Dr. Trupti Almoula, Director – NCM,  JFM Jagdish Patel, President – JCJ, JFM Sanket Shah, Past President – JCI, Prof. Rashmi Ghamawala, NCM, Dr. Shailesh Shah, NCM were present at this prestigious event.

On 22nd July, 2021 Narmada College of Management (NCM) and Narmada College of Science and Commerce (NCSC), Bharuch signed its fourth memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Vivekananda Gramin Tekniki Kendra (VGTK) a vocational training Centre at Society for Education welfare and Action (SEWA) – Rural, Jhagadia.

VGTK – SEWA Rural was established in the year 1987 to provide opportunities to the rural youth. It imparts technical competence as well as man making and character building to youngsters in rural areas who are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, ignorance and lack of opportunity.

The MoU was signed by NCM Director Dr. Trupti Almoula, Dr. B M Rawal, Principal NCSC, and Shri Girish Shah, Director VGTK – SEWA Rural. The objective of this MoU is to help NCM and NCSC students understand the working of an NGO and facilitate immersion programs. It also aims at encouraging participation from both the institutions for curricular, co curricular and extracurricular activities. The agreement has come into force immediately.

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The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.

Blaise Pascal

The Discussion Forum at NCM met on 22nd July 2021, Thursday. The key takeaways from the earlier session were outlined, which are as follows.

  • The secret to effective relationships resides simply in our ability to take the perspective of another. Therefore we must always try to understand other person’s point of view.
  • We must not judge people beforehand. Judging is easy, it is challenging to accept and be kind to other person. So we should give chances to others rather than being judgmental.
  • We must check our beliefs and biases continuously and keep correcting and updating them.
  • One thing we must never forget is that whatever we see, observe or listen is our perception of reality, not absolute reality.
  • Lastly, thinking is essential, over thinking is not.

The discussion moved on to the subject Rational and Emotional thinking. Scientists classify the human brain into two parts: Left brain and right brain. Every time we make a decision our left brain battles with our right brain.

Rational behaviour deals with the mind and emotional behaviour deals with the heart. These are described as two separate systems of thinking.

With this background Dr. Shah posed four questions to the participants to ponder upon. Everyone contemplated thoughtfully on these questions:

  • What are emotions? Make a list of positive and negative emotions you experience.
  • Are you a Rationalist? Elaborate
  • What is the role of feelings, intuition and emotions in your decision making?
  • Under what circumstances what you talk might be considered irrational or illogical?

Again this was an opportunity to explore and examine the decision making process in our personal as well as professional actions. Rational thinking is a slow and analytical process often considered superior. However emotions govern all situations in our life.

An individual cannot make decisions based on rational thinking alone. These are not two separate systems instead rational and emotional thinking, are intertwined.  While making decisions an individual must be able to effectively harness emotions and intuitions which may lead to better outcomes. For balancing the emotional and logical thinking we must consciously assess our emotions: enhance positive emotions and reduce the negative ones and increase self awareness.

The take home message from this discussion was:

  • Add a temper of emotions to everything you do!
  • In a relationship feelings are always expressed in an irrational manner.
  • Relaxing talks with friends have little meaning but lot of fun!
  • Highly rational people become boring sometimes.

The Discussion Forum next meets on 30th July, 2021, and the discussion would be on “Critical & Creative Thinking”.

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Inauguration
Centre for Heritage of Intelligence Traditions of India (CHITI)
22nd July, Thursday, 2021

A Centre for Heritage of Intelligence Traditions of India (CHITI) was inaugurated at Narmada College Campus today. The inaugural function was held at Narmada College of Management. Dr. Trupti Almoula, Director, Narmada College of Management, welcomed the guests for the occasion with an inspiring story, motivating everyone to unshackle their creative powers and fly high in life to realize their dreams.

Delivering the key note address for the occasion, Dr. Bhaskar Rawal, Principal, Narmada College of Science and Commerce, reminded us of our shared cultural heritage and the need to preserve and transfer it to the coming generations. He discussed various examples of ancient scientific discoveries which have been confirmed by findings of modern science. Discussing the example of Kedarnath temple, he asked the audience a question as to why the temple still exists, despite many natural calamities and disasters. We need to study the rocks and the materials which have been used in its construction to derive insights related to materials and engineering.

Dr. Paresh A Shah, Director –Education, Narmada College Campus, addressing the audience, stressed the need to integrate concepts, say from Nyaya School of philosophy with modern subjects like Research Methodology. This will help students and teachers both, to appreciate the logical approach embedded in this ancient school of philosophy. Instead of a single subject or course on Indian Knowledge Systems, the concepts from Indian Knowledge Systems can be embedded in all the subjects whom a student has to study for his graduate or post graduate degree.

The Centre shall invite and hold discussions with the best of scholars steeped in the Indian Knowledge Traditions, who shall help us in forming an overview of the current Indian situation, and of our place in the world. Scholars invited to the Centre shall individually be experts in various knowledge traditions of India, and other areas relating to material culture and beyond. The Centre plans to bring out a journal, Paravidya, which will document and express our ideas and efforts in this direction. As a first initiative of the Centre, A certificate based course on Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems, has been planned in collaboration with GTU. The Centre will function from Narmada College of Management premises. It will have a separate collection of books put in a section on Intelligence Traditions of India in the NCM library.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

– Helen Keller

A glimpse of the Discussion Forum

Discussion Forums strengthen collaboration in Teams. NCM inaugurated its first Discussion Forum on Friday 16th July, 2021 in the presence of Dr. P H Shah Sir, Dr. Trupti Almoula Madam and all Faculties.

Dr. Shah started the session by expressing his views on purpose of Education. He referred to Albert Einstein’s quote on Education “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds to think”. In spite of 12 to 16 years of formal education people lack the ability to think critically and solve problems.

There have been great thinkers in history like Isaac Newton, Gautama Buddha, Osho, Prophet Muhammad, Jesus Christ etc. One thing they have in common is the willingness to question the workings of their own mind and the world around them. They had a passion for thought and a conviction that their ideas must be shared. Others have just blindly followed them.

So the discussion theme for the day was Free thinking and Open mindedness. It was an exercise where each participant had to think upon if he/she was a free thinker? If he/she was an open minded person? And what prevented him/her to be an open minded person?

Each one reflected and expressed their opinions. It was a good opportunity to evaluate one’s self.

The Discussion Forum next meets on 23rd July, 2021, and the discussion would be on Emotional and Rational Thinking.

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