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Cognition,Transformation and Lives

About the course
This course addresses anyone who is interested in change, not the temporary change, but transformation at a deeper, sustained level; whether individual or collective. The course is structured to provide a basic knowledge of Psychology and Neuroscience before using a narrative biography of Mahatma Gandhi to elucidate the process of transformation. It does not look at Mahatma Gandhi’s politics rather at the Man who left behind a model of transformation. We posit it in a scientific analysis here.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.

Intended Audience
Students, professionals, or anyone Interested in Mind

None. Working knowledge of English.
Preferably, listen to Prof. Braj Bhushan’s lectures on NPTEL –‘Introduction to Psychology

Industries that will recognize this course
Motivational and Self-help programmes

Course instructor

Dr. Alok Bajpai has been trained in Psychiatry at National Institute of Mental health and NeuroSciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore. He did his DPM, MD and is currently practicing at Kanpur and is also the Psychiatrist with Counselling cell, IIT Kanpur. His research interest are in Physics of Brain, Sleep and EEG.

Course layout

Week 1:
Why Do people do what they do?

Week 2: Where is the mind?

Week 3: Understanding Transformation

Week 4: Gandhi’s process of transformation.

Suggested Reading
1. My experiments with truth – Mohandas Gandhi
2. Morgan and King – Introduction to Psychology 

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exam: October 7, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm.
  • Exam for this Course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.