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Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is an exercise to bring the hidden yet experiences/ visualized facts in front. To understand a reason for something happening around us, it needs to be understood for reasons thereof. The technique originated in the late 1960s by Tony Buzan Mind Maps are now used by millions of people around the world.

To start with mind mapping, all that one will need is:

  • A blank A1 sized paper (2′ x 3′)
  • Colour pens/ pencils
  • Draw lines organically
  • Your brain with experience
  • Your imagination
  • Think in a structured manner (the use of Six Thinking Hat is good)

Below is a presentation from Prof. Karmjit Bihola of Open Design School, GTU.




In no time, it becomes fun when done in a group of 3 to 4 friends together.

Refer to the website of Tony Buzan, learn_more who originated the technique around 1960.

Below are two presentations that help to dig deeper, the concept of Mind Mapping.


Edward De Bono’s Concept of Six Thinking Hat and its application in Mind Mapping


Some examples:

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For Techies

If one wishes to create mind maps using a computer, try this out.


One need to download (30-days free trial/ @ 99$ onward costs for a license). It helps in drawing multiple types of diagrams, very conveniently with extensive customization.

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A fantastic tool by Google to draw kinds of diagrams.Completely free-of-cost (open source tool). All one need is to start using it to explore its features. It can save all the works done on Google Drive/Drop Box and other cloud storage. Mind maps are possible yet with straight connecting lines as illustrated below.

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Lets learn

Prof. Bhasker Bhatt is a Town Planner and Civil Enginee. He has been very active with design thinking based training program as an expert conducting workshops.He completed his masters in town planning with a research on Road Safety Audit. As far as academics are concerned, he has been excellent and awarded with several Gold Medals during Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate studies. He had provided his services in the field of consultancy at national as well as international level through working with multilateral organisations such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Project-India. Research areas of him include Road Safety, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Statistical Analysis Techniques, GIS and Climate Change effects in urban areas.He is actively associated with several professional organisations and serving various prestigious posts for better interaction among educational, engineering and planning fraternity. He has more than 6 years’ experience in technical consultancy and about 6 years of engineering teaching. He has guided about 23 PG Dissertations and 10+ UG projects as well as a few AMIE projects. Towards continuous upgradations of skills and technological advancements, he has attempted 50+ events consisting of workshops, training programs, seminars, conventions, and symposiums. He frequently organises events for students and faculty members that ignite active academic upgradations and industrial interaction. He has published more than 56 technical research papers in conferences and journals. Several of his research articles are awarded with Best Paper honor during conferences. Most of all his works are available online for reference along with projects and dissertation reports. He is fascinated to conduct academic and exposure trips for students through putting his network of acquaintances to best of use.Prof. Bhasker is a recipient of “Best Section Management Committee Member of ISTE Gujarat Section 2015”. Also, he was honoured by “Pedagogical Innovation Award 2015” by the GTU for his efforts and contributions in engineering education. At the GTU he was a Master Trainer for Faculty Development Programs conducted at the University wherein he trained more than 350+ teachers of diverse engineering discipline. 1500+ students have attended his sessions on Design Thinking approach that ignites the engineering insights and motivates the engineering brain to increase capabilities, drastically. Recently he has been active with Startup Weekend Surat (powered by Google Inc.) as a trainer. He has developed his own learning portal, for learners - completely free of cost to best serve the purpose of spreading knowledge.

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