Cognition, Transformation and Lives

By Prof. Alok Bajpai   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 319

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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  Students, professionals, or anyone Interested in Mind
PREREQUISITES :  None. Working knowledge of English. Preferably, listen to Prof. Braj Bhushan’s lectures on NPTEL – Introduction to Psychology
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  Motivational and Self-help programmes

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 23 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate

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.

Books and references

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

Instructor bio

Prof. Alok Bajpai

IIT Kanpur
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 certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

MHRD logo Swayam logo


Goto google play store