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Diploma in Ergonomics (DErg)





Ergonomics (Manav Karya Vigyan) is a scientific discipline that concerns with the interactions

the human, the artifacts and the working environment where people participate.

Ergonomics professionals acquire specialization in making the products and workplaces more
efficient, usable and safer. The knowledge and skill of ergonomics professionals covers wide area of
specializations, which include occupational health and safety, human workload measurement, health
monitoring, product design, job analysis, job design, workstation design, evaluation of workenvironment, measurement of human capacity and capabilities, information design, cognitive system
design and others. To meet this demand, Industrially Developed Countries (IDCs) are already
offering certification programmes in Ergonomics to produce Certified Ergonomics Professionals,
e.g., Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) in USA, Harmonizing European
Training Programmes for the Ergonomics Profession (HETPEP) for European Countries. In India and
in South East Asia, such a professional programme in Ergonomics is lacking.

To fill this lacuna, NITIE, through TIFAC CORE in Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering, is
offering a Diploma in Ergonomics (DErg) programme. The programme is developed based on
Ergonomist Formation Model by Rookmaaker et al. (1992). The programme will provide the general
breadth of knowledge and commonly accepted tools and techniques for analysis of human
performance in an existing man-machine environment system with overall idea on the
implementation of ergonomic evaluation process.


To provide a general awareness about the importance of ergonomic approach in product design
and healthcare related issues.

To provide the basic framework to handle ergonomic related problems and produce user-centered

To improve the professional image of Indian and south east Asian ergonomics professional in a
competitive world market.

To provide knowledge on analysis and assessment of human interactions in a work-environment


Scope of Application and Practice

To conduct basic analysis of a facility which can identify problem areas using widely recognized
ergonomic methods.

To conduct basic ergonomic task analysis using tools such as checklists, questionnaires, video
recording etc.

To identify basic mismatches between the job requirements and the human capabilities.

To identify musculoskeletal and performance related problems.

To identify sources of cognitive error such as violations of occupational stereotypes, inconsistent

displays etc.

To apply established ergonomics techniques to address the conventional work related problems.

Entry Qualification
Applicant should have basic degree as:

A Graduate Degree in Life Science/ Behavioral/ Home Science OR A Bachelor Degree in

Engineering/ Medicine (MBBS)/ Occupational Therapy/ Physical Therapy OR An Engineering
Degree/ Diploma in Industrial Safety recognized by DISHs.

Working/ teaching/ research experience in the area of Ergonomics will be preferred.


SAARC Countries

Other Countries

Residential *
(90 days stay)

INR 48,000.00

US$ 4,000.00


INR 30,000.00

US$ 2,000.00

* Includes course fee, reading material, shared accommodation and mess (food)
** Includes course fee and reading material

Refund Rules
Fees once paid can be adjusted in future nominations only.

Admission Process
The prospectus along with the application form will be issued to the interested candidates. The
short-listed candidates will be called for personal interview.


Starting from

Last date

Submission of Application

July 16, 2012

August 17, 2012

Selection Process

August 20, 2012

August 26, 2012

Payment of Fees

September 3, 2012

September 28, 2012

The programme will start from October 3, 2012

Pedagogy & Course Curriculum

The programme will be conducted through two modules of classroom lectures & laboratory
practical (twelve weeks) and twenty weeks of project work (field). The details are given

Number of Courses


Module I


Module II

6+1 (Elective)




1 credit = 9 hours classroom lectures

Module I

Work System Analysis and Design

Physical Work Environment
Applied Statistics
Human Physiology
Organizational Behavior
Investment Analysis
Industrial Safety Management

Module II

Work Physiology
Applied Anthropometry and Biomechanics
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods
Safety, Health, Ergonomics Standards and Legislations
Design Ergonomics

Electives (any one)

Safety and Human Reliability

Cognitive Ergonomics
Industrial Health and Hygiene
Human Computer Interaction

Resources and Infrastructure

Resources and infrastructural facilities at NITIE are befitting to the excellent academic profile
maintained by the institute. The goal is to provide efficient and effective support to students in their
pursuit of academic excellence.

NITIE houses one of the best libraries in the field of Industrial Engineering, Ergonomics and
Management Sciences. It has over 55,000 books, 10,000 bound volumes and 250 current
NITIE is equipped with state-of-art computer facilities that complement the classroom pedagogy .
The entire campus, through the classrooms, faculty offices and hostel rooms, is internet-enables.
NITIE, through Physical Ergonomics Laboratory and TIFAC CORE NITIE, has established various
laboratories such as Kinesiology and Biomechanics Laboratory, Work and Exercise Physiology
Laboratory, Human Centre Design Laboratory & Design Studio and Information Hub.
Staying in a hostel helps develop group dynamics amongst students and it broadens their sociocultural horizons. The NITIE hostels are well equipped. All the rooms are well furnished with
Facilities are available for various sports like Badminton, Table Tennis, Basket ball, Lawn Tennis,
Volleyball, Carom and Cricket etc.

NITIE was incepted in 1963 to deliver a unique mission raising the productivity of Indias industries and to
make their limited resources gainfully utilized. Aided by ILO, the Government of India set up NITIE as the
only training institute that sought to teach materials management, work study, inventory control, shop floor
management and personnel management to Indias industry professionals.
Vision : To be a leader in the knowledge led productivity movement.
Mission : To nourish a learning environment conducive to foster innovations in productivity and business
Having amply established itself in industrial training, the institute launched its first Post Graduate
Programme as a 2 year Diploma in Industrial Engineering (PGDIE) in 1971, to teach graduates of
engineering, the methods and techniques of industrial engineering. Subsequently, with its qualitative and
quantitative teaching capabilities ably strengthened, NITIE introduced 3 more full time Post Graduate twoyear management programmes in Industrial Management (PGDIM), Industrial Safety and Environmental
Management (PGDISEM) and Information Technology Management (PGDITM).
NITIE also offers fellowship programme of Doctorate level recognised as equivalent to Ph.D. of an Indian
University. Along with training and management education, today NITIE is vigorously engaged in
industrial consultancy, sponsored projects, and applied research. NITIE aspires to provide executive talent
to help India manage emerging technologies. To this end, in its pedagogy NITIE has carefully crafted an
unmatched blend of classroom education in such technologies, management principles and hands-on
practice. Currently, NITIE is engaged in an aggressive upgradation of its infrastructure to achieve these
NITIE has established a Centre of Excellence in Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering (CEEHFE)
as a part of the Government of Indias Technology Mission 2020 through TIFAC (Technology
Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council) Mission REACH (Relevance and Excellence in
ACHieveing new heights in educational institutions) programme.
NITIE is administered through a Board of Governors representing industry, government, labour and
professional bodies with Shri Gautam Thapar, Industrialist as Chairman and Dr. Amitabha De as Director

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Amitabha De
Professor and Co-ordinator, TIFAC-CORE in Ergonomics & Human Factors Engineering,
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
Vihar Lake Road, P.O. NITIE
Mumbai 400 087, India
Phone: 91-22-28573371, Ext. 5288/5521/5381
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