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STARTS ON December 28, 2023 Last Date to Apply: December 20, 2023
DURATION 20 Weeks Online Sessions
PROGRAMME FEE INR 1,00,000 + GST View Payment Plan Special Corporate Enrolment Pricing
ELIGIBILITY Graduates (10+2+3) or Diploma holders (only 10+2+3) from a recognized university in any discipline. A minimum of 50% marks in a most reason qualification (desirable). Minimum 1 year of work experience (Private Sector / Government / NGO / Entrepreneur / Self Employed) as on December 28, 2023 (desirable).
STARTS ON December 28, 2023 Last Date to Apply: December 20, 2023
DURATION 20 Weeks Online Sessions
PROGRAMME FEE INR 1,00,000 + GST View Payment Plan Special Corporate Enrolment Pricing

Please note that the programme duration includes a Christmas break week from December 24, 2023 to January 2, 2024.

Programme Overview

Design thinking, a human-centred approach to innovation, works on integrating user needs, technological possibilities, and the requirements for business success. When coupled with innovation, it can be a powerful competitive advantage for any business - big and small. It's no wonder that design thinking and innovation capability has become a significant differentiator in today's marketplace!

To meet this demand, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) has designed the 20 weeks online Certificate Programme in Design Thinking and Innovation. This high-impact programme will enable you to effectively drive innovation, growth, and customer experience with a cutting-edge curriculum and enriching insights from leading IIT Delhi faculty and industry experts

  • 32%

    Design thinking can deliver twice as fast the business outcomes to market, 32% higher revenue than traditional organisations, and ultimately outperform the S&P 500 by 211%.

    Source: IBM, 2021

Programme Highlights

150+ Engaging Recorded Video Lectures

15+ Innovative Assignments

10+ Short Quizzes

2 Weekly Office Hours with Faculty

3 Live Faculty Webinars

1 Capstone Adventure Project

Note: The final number of quizzes, assignments, case studies and live lectures will be confirmed closer to the programme start. Details of Weekly Office Hours with Faculty (Online) would be sent to selected participants as part of Academic Orientation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a human-centric mindset while designing, innovating, developing, and testing solutions for new products, services and processes
  • Understand the role of innovation in the digital era and drive disruptive innovation
  • Create a design thinking culture to drive innovation in an organisational setup
  • Envisage innovative solutions individually and in teams for maximising business impact
  • Develop the ability to create and test prototypes that are customer-centric and innovative
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Who is this Programme for?

This programme is specially curated for:

  • Designers & Design Engineers, Creative Managers, Art Directors & UX Designers wanting to gain expertise in developing innovative customer-centric solutions
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who aim to scale their businesses and create social impact through customer-centric innovations
  • Innovation and Growth Consultants keen on enhancing their clients' business with design thinking and innovation
  • Product, Marketing, Branding, Growth, and R&D Managers who would like to use design thinking to develop innovative products for business impact
  • Senior Managers and Business Heads tasked with driving innovation success in their businesses and generating solutions for challenging problems
  • Rural Entrepreneurs, Small & Medium Enterprises & Professionals from the Development Sector

Programme Modules

  • The Paradox of Our Age
  • The Principles of Co-Learning
  • A Shift in Being
  • What Design is Not
  • What is Design
  • Key Concepts of Design
  • A Simplified Understanding of Design
  • A Simplified Process of Design
  • Understanding Purpose
  • Letting Go of What Holds Us Back
  • What is Creativity?
  • Thinking Differently
  • Basic Rules of Design Thinking
  • The Creativity Heart Set
  • Everyone is a Designer
  • Double Diamond and Abstract-Tangible Cycle
  • Review - Double Diamond and Abstract-Tangible Cycle
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Participatory Research
  • Evaluative Research
  • Clean Team Case Study
  • Effective Research for HCD
  • Design in the World
  • User Context
  • Mis-design Around Us
  • Who are your Users?
  • Visible and Invisible Users
  • Hybrid Model of Research
  • Re-defining the Problem
  • Empathy Map Canvas
  • Hearing the Unsaid
  • Designing for Extreme Users
  • Why is Creativity Becoming More Important?
  • PLATOS Case Study
  • Understanding Uncommunicative Users
  • Waterless Urinal Case Study
  • The Changing Wish-List
  • The User Value Proposition
  • Doing the Homework - Ecosystem
  • Needs vs. Wants
  • Creative Ideation and Pattern Recognition
  • Developing Creative Habits
  • Creative Thinking Techniques
  • Brainstorming Tools
  • The Importance of True Immersion
  • Immersive Learning
  • Immersive Experience in the Design Process
  • Mindful Design
  • Automobile Design Process
  • Design DNA and Moodboards
  • Stories vs. Narrations
  • Storytellers Across Time and Cultures
  • Experimental Storytelling
  • Storytelling in Research
  • Rural Storytelling Case Study
  • Storytelling in Design
  • Brand Stories
  • The Importance of Visuals and Visualisation
  • Visualising Human Experiences
  • Storyboarding or Image Boarding
  • Why Iterative Design?
  • Iterative Design Process
  • Waterless Urinal Cubicle Case Study
  • Research as a Tool
  • Handloom Case Study
  • Types of Sustainability
  • Sustainability in Action
  • Immersive Research Case Study
  • Non-Immersive Research Case Study
  • What is Minimum Value?
  • Identifying the MVP
  • Rural ATM Case Study
  • Prototyping as a Tool
  • Critical Stages in Prototypng
  • Stages in New Product Development
  • Types of Prototypes
  • Case Study - Children during the Covid-19 Lockdown
  • What is Lean and Agile?
  • Agile within Design
  • Designing Agile Processes
  • Electric Motor Case Study
  • What is Data-driven Innovation
  • Data-driven Innovation and Design
  • ML Lifecycle vs. Design Lifecycle
  • Generative Design and Nature-inspired Computing
  • Introduction to Project Management Methodologies
  • Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban
  • Example from UI/UX Industry
  • Example from Finance Industry
  • Customer Segmentation and Innovation
  • Design and Systems Thinking
  • Design and Systems Thinking Working Harmoniously
  • Business Design
  • Contributions of a Business Designer
  • Lean Management Principles
  • Logical and Creative Thinking
  • Product Implementation Lifecycle
  • Types of Innovation
  • Roadblocks to Idea Generation and Implementation
  • Strategies for Whole Brain Thinking
  • Design Management
  • What is Intrapreneurship?
  • Entrepreneurship in Organisations
  • Innovation Strategies
  • Frugal Innovation Strategies
  • Challenging Assumptions
  • Safeguarding Your Innovation
  • Elements of Organisational Culture
  • Organisational Change Through Design
  • Storytelling for Organisational Transformation
  • Context Canvas
  • Defining the Challenge - Technical vs Adaptive
  • What are Rituals?
  • Co-designing Rituals
  • Celebrating Rituals and Sustaining Rituals
  • What Leadership is Not
  • Leadership and Commitment
  • The Triad of Leadership
  • Operating from your Being
  • Leading with Purpose
  • Inspiring People
  • The World is Your Playground

Note: Modules/ topics are indicative only, and the suggested time and sequence may be dropped/ modified/ adapted to fit the total programme hours.
*Two campus meetups (optional) are scheduled on 27 January 2024 and 16 March 2024, between 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, at IIT Delhi Campus. To join the meetup(s), participants would bear travel and accommodation cost and make their own arrangements.

Programme Coordinator

Dr Vijayaraghavan M. Chariar

Professor, Centre for Rural Development & Technology

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Prof. Vijayaraghavan M. Chariar has worked in diverse areas including Design for Sustainability, Frugal Innovation, Traditional Knowledge Systems, and Joyous Leadership. He has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by IIT Delhi and has taught and conducted research at the Arizona State University as a Fulbrighter. Prof. Chariar is the author of several patents and publications on innovative technologies. A passionate entrepreneur, he serves as the chairman of the IIT Delhi partnered venture Ekam Eco Solutions, and serves as a mentor and advisor to many start-ups, incubators, and accelerators.

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Programme Faculty

Ms. Aditi Singh

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Design

School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

Prof. Aditi Singh is an industrial designer and architect with deep experience in product design and innovation, sustainable systems design, and next-gen experience design. A two-time recipient of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, she has mentored various research and design projects. She is passionate about the intersection of digital and physical spaces and the joy in building human connections with design.

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Mr. Parag Anand

Senior Faculty, Department of Industrial Design

School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

Prof. Parag Anand is an Industrial Designer with a Master’s Degree in Design from IIT, Delhi and has also trained at the TU Delft in the Netherlands. He has more than twenty years of professional and teaching experience in Product Design. Awarded with two Red Dot Design Awards, his current research focuses on applying next-generation technologies for developing sustainable products and systems.

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Programme Certificate

Participants will be awarded a successful completion certificate from IIT Delhi on scoring at least 60% marks in each of the evaluation components and completion of the Capstone Project. Participants who are unable to score 60% marks or unable to complete the Capstone Project in the evaluation will only be eligible for the participation certificate.

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- All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of IIT Delhi.
- Only e-certificates will be issued by CEP IIT Delhi. The organising department for this programme is the Center for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT).

Past Participant Profiles

Work Experience
Past Participant Experience
Top Industries
  • IT Services
  • Banking and Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Internet / E-commerce
Top Functions
  • Information Systems/ Technology
  • Marketing/ Sales
  • General Management
  • Engineering
  • Design
Top Companies
  • American Express
  • Ford Motor Company
  • IBM
  • HCL Technologies
  • ICICI bank

Emeritus Career Services

  • 15 Recorded sessions and resources in the following categories
    • Resume & Cover Letter
    • Navigating Job Search
    • Interview Preparation
    • LinkedIn Profile Optimisation

Please note:

  • IIT Delhi or Emeritus do NOT promise or guarantee a job or progression in your current job. Career Services is only offered as a service that empowers you to manage your career proactively. The Career Services mentioned here are offered by Emeritus. IIT Delhi is NOT involved in any way and makes no commitments regarding the Career Services mentioned here.
  • This service is available only for Indian residents enrolled into select Emeritus programmes.
  • Opportunities for those with more than 5 years of experience may be more challenging due to the emphasis on transitioning to leadership positions within their current firms
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Early applications encouraged. Limited seats are available.

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Last Date to Apply: December 20, 2023

Last Date to Submit the Fees: Within 5 days post selection

The Learning Experience 

What is it like to learn with the learning collaborator, Emeritus? 

More than 300,000 professionals globally, across 200 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded. All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes, the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner during the course period the cost of which is already included in the overall Course fee of the course.

A dedicated program support team is available 7 days a week to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.

Programme offered by Continuing Education Programme (CEP), IIT Delhi

Service Provider Emeritus

Erulearning Solutions Private Limited (a company incorporated in India) is a subsidiary of Eruditus Learning Solutions Pte Ltd (a company incorporated in Singapore), and operates under the brand name of 'Eruditus' and 'Emeritus'.