The course “Design Thinking for Social Innovation” is a signature course being offered to the students of FIRST YEAR by the KLE Technological University, Dr M S Sheshgiri campus,

Belagavi to encourage the students to connect with the society empathetically to understand the social problems and offer innovative solutions through design thinking approach. Social problems are complex, ill-defined, wicked problems. Finding effective ways to tackle and deal with them is often quite difficult. Because of that, KLE Technological University has embraced design thinking as a preferred approach to address similar challenges.


Students during the FIRST and SECOND semester work in a team not more than 5 students, get connected with the society by sufficiently spending time with the needy people in the society to understand the problem and finalize the root cause of the problem. Through the Design Thinking approach systematically through the phases of Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototyping and Testing students give unique solutions to the societal problems in the real time.

The “Avniya Varsh and Avinya Shishir”, a project exhibition of Design Thinking for Social Innovation provides the students a platform to share their unique learning experience of looking for the possible design challenges in the society through the engagement with the potential customer which further can lead to a product or service creation leading to social entrepreneurship. During the project expo the students can substantiate the importance of role of engineer in the society, enhance team work, presentation skills and solve problems in the society.

A team of dedicated 20 faculties have delivered the course of Design Thinking for Social Innovation to more than 550+ students to bring out fantastic 115+ solutions to the various design challenges identified in society viz Maheshwari Blind School, Belagavi, Ajay Dumb and Deaf School, Belagavi, Shantai Vrushashram, Belagavi, Gharkul Old Age Home, Belagundi, Ashra Vidyashram, Belagavi, Primary Health Care Center, Farm fields, Samarthanam Trust for Disabled, Mahesh Foundation, Old Age Homes, Orphanages, Nearby Villages and many more.