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NPTEL ONLINE COURSES “Introduction to Research”

“Introduction to Research” Start date:23 January 2017*


Large numbers of students are actively considering and taking up research and associated higher studies. This course aims to introduce students to the important aspects of research. The intent of the course is to make students aware of the details associated with formal research and to help students overcome common misconceptions that may be present in their minds. By going through this course, students are likely to be able to take up research activities in a more systematic and formal manner right from the beginning.


Students of ME/MTech/MS/MSc/PhD can benefit.


Students who have completed undergraduate studies (in Engineering or Science) will be in a better position to benefit from this course

More details about the course

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Course duration: 8 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 23 January 2017-26 March 2017
Dates of exams:  23 April 2017
Time of exam: Shift 1: 9am-12noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any-one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course
Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration URL: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.
Certification criteria:
Final score will be calculated as 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of
4 weeks course: Best 3 out of 4 assignments
8 weeks course: Best 6 out of 8 assignments
12 weeks course: Best 8 out of 12 assignments
(Please use whichever data is applicable for your course)
E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. A certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and Institute which is coordinating.
Week 1: A group discussion on what is research; Overview of research;
Week 2: Literature survey, Experimental skills;
Week 3: Data analysis, Modelling skills;
Week 4: Technical writing; Technical Presentations; Creativity in Research
Week 5: Creativity in Research; Group discussion on Ethics in Research
Week 6: Design of Experiments
Week 7: Intellectual Property
Week 8: Department specific research discussions
An announcement received from Prof. Solanki. Please communicate to him for more information:
Pratik  D. Solanki
SPOC, NPTEL Local Chapter, FETR.
Assistant Professor(Electrical Department)
Faculty of Engineering Technology & Research,
Bardoli-Navsari Road, Tajpore, Tal: Bardoli – 394620
Mo. +91-94268-81400      e-mail:

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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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