Innovation by Design

By Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 2957
In today's world, there are so many challenges and problems that needs to be addressed. In this situation, innovation is what provides the solution that will benefit the maximum number of users. And such innovation is often enabled by design. This course familiarizes you with the concept of "innovation"  and the journey of a design idea from the identification of a problem to a final solution that has a positive impact on a large community of users. Through case studies that focus on the "seven concerns of innovation", you learn how the innovation process requires empathy, meticulous effort, constant user interaction and effective collaboration.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Design Engineering
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Patents and Intellectual Property Rights
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 :
  • Module 1 – Introduction, 
  • Module 2 - First C: The Cause
Week 2 :
  • Module 3 - Second C: The Context,
  • Module 4 - Third C: The Comprehension
Week 3 :
  • Module 5 - Fourth C: The Check, 
  • Module 6 - Fifth C: The Conception
Week 4 :
  • Module 7 - Sixth C: The Crafting, 
  • Module 8 - Seventh C: The Connection

Books and references


  1. Chakku 7C’s Link
  2. Collaborative Model For Innovation Link
  3. Pitfalls in the Innovation process Link
  4.  Innovation By Design – Collaboration is the key to cross the Pitsfalls in the Innovation Process Link

Instructor bio

Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy

IIT Bombay
Prof. B. K. Chakravarthy teaches Innovation by Design at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay. He has set up the Shenoy Innovation Studio at IITB, where students and young designers are given the opportunity to work on live projects and benefit from expertise in a range of interrelated fields. Prof. Chakravarthy works closely with other academics engaged in cutting-edge research at IIT Bombay and has played a key role in translating such research into products that reach the hands of users. A Collaborative Model for New Product Innovation, an outcome of Prof. Chakravarthys doctoral research, has had wide application in the industry. Prof. Chakravarthy has also worked frequently with government departments and occupational communities engaged in essential services.

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 April 2022 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 Bombay.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

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