NPTEL has been giving out course level certificates since 2014 and there have been quite a few students doing multiple courses from NPTEL, which are not always connected. Hence we thought of linking courses that go together building on the foundations and then going in for the electives.
Why do an NPTEL Domain?
Completing a domain helps to gain expertise in a specific area. This can be helpful for learners who wish to work in a particular area as part of their job or research. Eg: VLSI or Power Electronics domain in Electrical Engineering
Apart from this, for students in colleges, getting a domain certificate, which involves completing the specified 5 or 6 courses would indicate to recruiters about how motivated and independent learner you are to become a domain scholar. Eg: Programming or Data Science domain in Computer Science Engg
Learners preparing for competitive exams such as GATE etc can also benefit by doing the Minors defined in various disciplines. Eg The minors in Chemical Engineering discipline
How to Study from a Domain?
Every domain will comprise Core courses and Elective courses.
The learner has to complete and pass all the core courses listed.
The student can take electives from the list of choices available as specified as required for the domain and should pass these courses too.
The Final score in any of the courses in a domain should not be < 55.
Average of all courses in the domain should be >= 60.
Every domain also has another parameter - number of weeks of learning that have to be completed.
A candidate is supposed to have completed a domain when the number of core and elective courses defined have been completed (passed as per course criteria and Final score in each >= 55 with average >=60) AND the sum of the duration of the courses taken in the domain >= number of weeks of learning specified.
It is recommended that the domain be completed within a period of 3 years from the date of starting the first course.