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NPTEL Online Basic Biomedical Research Course Admissions 2019-20 - Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Fees

Pratyush Roy
Pratyush RoyUpdated On: July 14, 2022 06:24 pm IST

NPTEL has opened the admission portal for Online Basic Biomedical Research Course which is a distance certificate course on the methodologies of medical research. Find out all the details about the NPTEL BBR course here.

NPTEL Basic Biomedical Research Course Admission

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has now opened its application process for NPTEL Basic Course for Biomedical Research. This is one of the hundreds of Online NPTEL courses conducted through 8 IITs (IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati) and Indian Institute of Science - IISc Bangalore. The Basic Course of Biomedical Research by NPTEL will be conducted in the National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai and the course is approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The NPTEL course of Basic Biomedical Research is a 5-months online course and a post-graduate level course in nature.

About NPTEL Online Basic Biomedical Research Course 2019-2020

To improve the research capabilities of Indian Postgraduate (PG) Medical students and faculties, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has prescribed a uniform methodology course for medical research. This NPTEL Online Basic Biomedical Research Course trains research candidates about the methodology of Biomedical Research beforehand. The course explains the methodology and fundamental concepts of researches. It also teaches to plan, outline and conducting research studies.

NPTEL Basic Biomedical Research Course Important Dates 2019-2020

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has announced the dates for the Basic Biomedical Research Course which is for 5 months of duration. The important dates of 2019 and 2020 for NPTEL Basic Biomedical Research have been notified in the Swayaam portal. Which is as follows,



2019 Admission Session

Enrolment Opens

1st August 2019

Course Starts

1st September 2019

Enrolment Closes

1st December 2019

Submission of Assignments

31st December 2019

Exam Registration Opens

1st January 2020

Assignment Scores Available*

1st to 31st January 2020

Exam Registration Closes

1st February 2020

Issue of Hall Tickets

19th March 2020

Examination Dates

29th March, 15th April, 25th April and 26th April 2020

Declaration of Results**

15th May 2019

Online Certificate Issue

31st May 2019

2020 Admission Session

Starting of Course (*if declared ineligible in assignment scores 2019, Candidates can re-enrol now)

1st March 2020

*re-enrolment closes

1st June 2020

Assignment submission deadline

30th June 2020

**Exam re-registrations open for candidates scoring less than 50% on 15th May 2019

1st August 2020

Assignment Scores Available

1st to 31st July 2020

**Exam re-registrations close for candidates scoring less than 50% on 15th May 2019

1st August 2020

Issue of Hall Tickets

17th to 27th September 2020

Examination Dates

27th September, 7th October, 17th October, 18th October 2019

Declaration of Results

15th November 2020

Online Certificate Issue

1st December 2020

The examinations will take place in 6 sessions for NTPEL Basic Biomedical Research Course 2019. The examination for NTPEL BBR Course 2019 will be spread through March and April. The examination centres spread across 20 cities in India will hold the examinations. The candidates for NTPEL BBR Course 2019 can avail the sessions in the first-come-first-serve basis.

NPTEL Assignments for Basic Biomedical Research Course 2019-2020

The candidates will have to appear for online assignments in 23 Subjects of NPTEL Basic Biomedical Research Course. Each of the 23 subjects will have 10 multiple choice type questions (MCQs) of 1 mark. So, the total marks for all the assignments are 230. The candidates scoring more than 50% will only be considered passed, others can reappear for the examinations as mentioned in the date chart above. The assignments of the NTPEL Course of Basic Biomedical Research are as follows -



Topics Conceptualizing Studies for a research

  • Introduction to human biomedical and health research (What is research, types of research, the justification for undertaking a research study)

  • Formulating research question, hypothesis and objectives

  • Literature review

Epidemiological considerations in designing a research study

  • Descriptive epidemiology (Measures of disease frequency)

  • Analytical study designs (Cohort, Case-control)

  • Descriptive study designs (Case reports/series, Cross-sectional study, Ecological Study)

  • Qualitative research methods

  • Experimental study designs (Quasi-exp, RC)

  • Reliability and validity of epidemiological studies (Random vs Systematic error)

Bio-statistical considerations in designing a research study

  • Measurement of study variables (Descriptive statistics, Types of data)

  • Calculating sample size and power

  • Sampling methods

Planning a research study

  • Selection of study participants (inclusion/exclusion criteria)

  • Principles of data collection

  • Designing data collection tools (Quantitative/qualitative)

  • Overview of data analysis

  • Data management

  • Study implementation plan

Ethical issues in conducting a research study

  • Principles and procedures of informed consent

  • Basic principles of bioethics and reviewing ethics

Writing a research protocol

  • Elements of a protocol for epidemiological studies

  • Preparing a concept paper

  • Publication ethics

NPTEL Online Basic Biomedical Research Course Eligibility Criteria (Intended Audience & Prerequisities) 2019-20

The eligibility criteria for 2019-20 Online Basic Biomedical Research Course of NPTEL is divided into two sections. One is ‘Intended Audience,’ which lists the type of audience for whom the course is designed and ‘Prerequisites,’ refer to the previous academic qualifications which the students must possess. Both are as follows,

Intended Audience

  • Medical PG (postgraduate) students and Medical Faculties recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • Candidates pursuing medical PG degrees like PG Diploma, MD, MPH and MS
  • Prerequisites
  • The candidate must have enrolled in the Medical Post Graduation Programme before 1st July 2019.

NPTEL Online Basic Biomedical Research Course Application Process 2019-20

The application process of NPTEL Online Basic Biomedical Research Course 2019-20 must be done on the Swayam portal of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The student has to create an account using E-Mail ID/Facebook ID of the candidate and fill in some additional details of address, bio-data and etc. The candidate, from his personal account, can apply to a galaxy of NPTEL courses from the SWAYAM portal itself after the announcement of an admission session.

The candidate has to find out NPTEL from the institute's list and click on it, after clicking on it, the candidate will be shown the list of courses for which, admissions are being conducted. Candidate can directly apply in the course and the course will automatically fetch the candidate’s data saved in SWAYAM portal.

NPTEL Online Basic Biomedical Research Course Fees 2019-20

No fee is charged for NPTEL Basic Biomedical Research Courses just like other courses. The main aim to establish NPTEL was to provide education in different sectors for free of cost. The initiative does not charge anything from the enrolees for anything

Online Basic Biomedical Research Course of NPTEL 2019-20 is a skill-up-gradation course for future researchers who will indulge in the research projects as per their course curriculum. This course gives them the idea and methods of conducting research works fluently without any structural and methodical glitches.

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