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Give children freedom to find solutions: academic

20 Feb 2015 12:32am IST
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20 Feb 2015 12:32am IST

PANJIM: It is children who can solve problems, but we don’t give them a chance to articulate their ideas, said Prof Anil Kumar Gupta, calling for innovation clubs in all schools across the country, where children can be allowed to find solutions to everyday problems.

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PANJIM: It is children who can solve problems, but we don’t give them a chance to articulate their ideas, said Prof Anil Kumar Gupta, calling for innovation clubs in all schools across the country, where children can be allowed to find solutions to everyday problems.

“My generation was willing to live with problems, but our children don’t want to live with unsolved problems,” said Gupta, delivering the third lecture in the DD Kosambi Festival of Ideas on Thursday at Kala Academy. Gupta, a professor of IIM Ahmedabad and founder of the Honeybee Network that promotes innovation from among local people, said we should learn from children who are the best innovators.

Gupta said that problems can be solved by ‘crowd sourcing’ where society at large is invited to come up with solutions to problems. This can be done by competitions where the winners are awarded prizes.

“We have to mind the minds of the masses to solve problems that we have lived with for too long,” said Gupta, adding that problems should be solved in a manner that is compassionate.

Giving an example of how there are problems that have no solutions yet, he said that though 60 per cent of the diseases are waterborne, we are still to find a device that we can attach to out cell phones that can be dipped into a glass of water and make it free of any germs or bacteria. “This is our problem, but we wait for someone else to find a solution,” Gupta said.

He also suggested that the reading habit be inculcated in children. “Depth in life comes from reading books. If children don’t read today, how will they get depth in life? The attention span is decreasing because children are not reading,” Gupta said. 

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