Frequently Asked Questions

About Digital Manufacturing and Smart Factories

The growing digitization brought in by the rapid adoption of emerging technologies like AI, IoT, etc., is making manufacturing increasingly intelligent and dynamic - making digital manufacturing a reality.

Digital manufacturing is a rapidly growing market, expected to reach $767 bn by 2025 from $263 bn in 2019. About two-thirds of industrial companies worldwide are already focusing on digitizing their production value chain.

Embracing this digital transformation, the manufacturing industry across diverse sectors now need professionals who understand the manufacturing landscape combined with deeptech expertise to lead the change.

IISc and TalentSprint’s PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in Digital Manufacturing and Smart Factories helps professionals gear up for this future of manufacturing.

    There is a global demand for Industry 4.0 professionals. These are just some of the exciting opportunities open for digital manufacturing experts.

  • Digital Manufacturing Consultant (1607+ Openings)
  • Manufacturing Application Developer (190+ Openings)
  • Digital Manufacturing Lead - Senior Manager (33+ Openings)
  • Manufacturing Execution System Application Developer (65+ Openings)
  • Smart Factory Manufacturing Engineer (64+ Openings)
  • Industrial Engineer – Digital Manufacturing (171+ Openings)
    and more…..

Get the IISc Advantage

  • Learn from IISc Faculty, experts in Product Design and Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Systems Engineering, Materials Engineering, Computer Science and Automation

Hands-On Learning Experience

  • Practitioner’s curriculum supported by Lab Demonstrations and Exercises using State-of-the-art Digital Tools at IISc Smart Factory Labs

The TalentSprint Advantage

  • Learn on TalentSprint’s patent-pending Digital Platform. Network with 3000+ TalentSprint Deep Tech Alumni. Access Career Accelerator. Get the IISc Advantage

The programme is exclusively designed for

  • Professionals working in manufacturing industry mainly in Strategic and Managerial roles
  • Professionals working across IoT, Product Design, Materials, Mechanics and System Design functions in Automotive, Aerospace, FMCG, Pharma/Medical Equipment Production, Energy, Metals and Mining, and Oil and Gas – potential sectors for deployment of Digital Manufacturing and Smart Factory concept
  • Professionals aiming for career transition and willing to explore Industry 4.0

The programme will be delivered in an interactive online format, retaining effectiveness while maintaining safety. The format uniquely combines the benefits of an in-class programme with the flexibility and safety of online learning.

  • Live sessions by expert faculty
  • Interact and get doubts answered by faculty
  • Peer learning through working in groups with other participants
  • Support from mentors for projects
  • Re-attend classes through recorded archives
  • Access videos easily with searchable and indexed video archives
  • Learn from the comfort and safety of your home
  • Office hours with one-on-one mentor support

The programme will be delivered on TalentSprint's patent-pending, a leading digital learning platform of choice used for programs delivered by the likes of Google, IIM Calcutta, IIT Madras, IIT Hyderabad, IISc, and IIT Kanpur, to name a few.

The 5-month programme will be coordinated by Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), IISc and taught by Faculty from the Product Design and Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering,

Electronics Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Automation Departments at IISc.

Meet the faculty here.

Yes, this is a hands-on programme. The sessions are accompanied by practical industry-oriented exercises to help assimilate theory into practice. Online lab assignments will help you master the concepts with the help of mentors. Physical lab sessions will be opened during the campus visit once it is safe for participants and faculty.

  • The programme equips you with both academic and practical knowledge to help navigate the fast-evolving world of the Digital Manufacturing space.
  • You will earn a Certification by Center for Continuing Education at IISc.
  • You get to leverage TalentSprint’s Career Accelerator and explore career advancement opportunities.
  • Network and associate with early adopters of Digital Manufacturing.

As an Institution of Eminence, IISc enjoys considerable autonomy. Certificate programs offered by the institution to working professionals, such as this program, are governed and fully approved by the IISc Centre for Continuing Education. The program complies with all the relevant regulations applicable.

Given the current crisis due to Covid-19, we understand that participants may have a challenge with cash flows. In order to enhance the programme fee payment flexibility, we have increased the tenure of our interest-free (0% EMI) loans. As a result of this, you will now be able to pay the programme fee with a longer repayment schedule. You may contact your Relationship Manager for more details.

Learning Format

Our digital platform enables participants to

  1. Attend all lecture classes online from any location on any device (computer, tablet, or smartphone)
  2. Interact with faculty, through audio and chat, during the online session
  3. Interact with peers, through chat during the online session

Our digital platform supports mentored online labs for necessary hands-on learning.

  1. All practical labs are available online on the platform
  2. You will have the option to interact with a mentor during the lab sessions
  3. You will also be able to set up a one-on-one mentoring session during weekdays
  4. You can also work with your peer group on the platform for group projects

Yes, all our online sessions enable audio and chat interaction. Participants can interact and ask questions. The chat window is common to all participants and faculty and allows interaction among participants.

The classes will have enough interaction to get your doubts cleared. You will also have additional options:

  1. A discussion forum is open in every course, where you can post your queries to be answered by peers in the class as well as mentors.
  2. Review sessions scheduled periodically where you can ask the faculty and get your doubts clarified.
  3. One-on-one sessions with mentors can be scheduled during the programme.

You will need the following infrastructure to access our platform:

  1. Device: A Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone with camera and mic.
  2. Internet: A regular broadband/wifi connection or a mobile 4G connection.

However, you will need a computer with the necessary configuration to do the online lab sessions.

Yes, programme mentors will be available to provide you the required assistance during your online lab exercise schedule.

Participants can interact with their group members for the projects conveniently using Zoom or Skype calls. TalentSprint's platform will also have the provision of group-specific discussion forums for asynchronous discussion among the group members.

Our recorded videos have an AI-generated Table of Content (TOC) to help with easy and smart navigation within the videos. Participants can click on the items under TOC to directly jump to the relevant section in a video.

Video archives also have a Phrase Cloud of keywords/phrases used in the video. Participants can click on a particular keyword/phrase to find yellow markers, indicating the points where the selected keyword/phrase was covered on the video timeline.

Selection Process

Candidates will be selected based on the details of education, work experience, and a statement of purpose submitted by them along with the application. The profiles will be sent to IISc for selection.

  • Education: B.E./M.E./B.Tech/M.Tech or an equivalent degree
  • Professional Background: Working professionals with a minimum of 1 year of industrial experience.

Programme Fee

For programme fee-related details, please visit Fee Page

Yes. Flexible EMI options can be availed to pay the programme fee in installments. Please reach out to your RM to know about the details of the schemes available.

No, the application fee is non-refundable.

No. The programme fee is non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.

A participant not holding an Indian Passport or not residing in India will be considered an International Participant.

Building deep-tech expertise is an absolute necessity for professionals in this fast-changing world that is constantly disrupted by technology.

    Professionals have multiple options for funding.
  1. Sponsored by employer
  2. Self-funded: Based on our experience of enabling thousands of professionals who have participated in our executive programs, self-funding is the most preferred option with over 80% choosing this.Three key reasons why professionals opt for it:
    1. Freedom: To opt for a programme of their choice, at a time of their choice, with an institution of their choice and not be restrained by the organization’s policy.
    2. Flexibility: To pursue greater career opportunities well even beyond their current employer or to nurture their entrepreneurial ambitions.
    3. Funding: Access to flexible EMI schemes (paying as low as Rs. 5,550 per lac per month).
      We have also observed that the commitment levels were higher among self-funding participants.

Programme Content

    Industry 4.0 Fundamentals
  • Frameworks and Technologies
  • Protocols and Standards
    Digital Manufacturing
  • CAD and CIM
  • Computational Metrology, Factory Simulation
    Electronics and Mechatronics
  • Mechatronics for Digital Manufacturing
  • Sensors and Actuators for Digital Manufacturing
    AI, ML, Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning and Data Analytics
    IoT and Digital Twin
  • Internet of Things
  • Digital Twins
    AR, VR, MR, Haptics
  • Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality
  • Haptics
    Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Industrial and Collaborative Robotics
  • Autonomous Systems
    Additive Manufacturing
  • Polymer Additive Manufacturing
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing
    Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Shape, Material, and Product Representation; Topology Optimization
  • Design Principles, Rules, and Guidelines for Additive Manufacturing
  • Concepts and Technologies
  • Protocols and Standards
    Learning Supported with Digital Tools
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Polymer Additive Manufacturing
  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)
  • Industrial Robots
  • Collaborative Robot
  • PLM Suite and COMSOL
  • ThingWorx and Dimo Maint
  • CNC Milling Centre
  • Metal Laser Router
    Lab Exercises and Demonstration
  • IISc Smart Factory Demonstration
  • AR/VR/MR/Haptics
  • IoT and Digital Twins
  • Advanced Machining and Metrology
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Electronics, Mechatronics and Industry 4.0
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity

Case Studies/Projects

Schedule and Details

September 2024. For more information, contact us at

The programme will be delivered through faculty-led interactive live sessions on TalentSprint’s These online sessions will be held at a schedule convenient for working professionals. Participants will be able to interact with the faculty through video, audio, and chat. They will also be able to chat with fellow participants of the programme during online sessions.

Reading material (pre/post session) will be shared regularly through the Online Learning Management System.

It is a 5-month programme comprising Masterclass Lectures, Lab exercises using Comprehensive Digital Tools, Project implementation at CPDM Smart Factory Labs, Case Studies, and IISc Campus Visits.

*Exact dates for Campus Visit to be announced based on safety guidance

A certificate of successful completion is provided upon completion of all requirements of the program. All examinations and evaluations related to the certification are carried out by IISc.

All the sessions will be conducted by a Faculty Group from the Product Design and Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Automation Departments at IISc

Campus Visit

There are 2 IISc Campus Visits of 3-day each, planned during the programme. The campus visit will be held depending on the pandemic situation. A decision on the same will be taken once the programme starts.

The campus visit is a crucial part of this programme. Participants get to meet the faculty members, network with their cohort peers, and access IISc Smart Factory Labs for project implementation.

Yes, the campus visit, if scheduled, will be mandatory for the successful completion of the programme. However, if the campus visit is not held owing to a pandemic situation, the on-campus sessions will be delivered via live interactive classes.

Campus fees will be based on actuals. Accommodation during the campus visit has to be arranged by the participants. For campus fee-related details, please visit Fee Page

About the Platform

Do not worry. In case you miss a session, you will be given access to view the recorded version of the session soon.

Attendance will be recorded regularly during this programme. Participants need to maintain minimum attendance criteria in each course of the program.

  1. An internet-connected device, Computer/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone, is enough to access the platform.
  2. Web-camera and Mic with necessary power backup will be needed for proctored online assessments.
    All participants are required to execute, before the start of the program, an agreement that consists of the standard programme Terms and Conditions. It has the following components:
  1. Part A: Etiquette and Platform Rights
    1. Classroom Etiquette & General Policy Guidelines
    2. Tools and Platforms in Use
    3. Tools and Platforms: Terms of Use
  2. Part B: Honor Code
  3. Part C: Certification
  4. Part D: programmeFee, Refund, and Termination Policy


IISc is India’s premier institution for advanced scientific and technological research and education. It is one of the first three publicly funded institutes to be awarded the Institute of Eminence status.
The institution’s reputation and pre-eminence consistently features it in the world university rankings.
Recently, IISc has been recognized as the World's Top Research University by the QS World Rankings 2022. With a perfect 100/100 score in the "Citations per Faculty" metric, IISc is in the same league as Princeton, Havard, and MIT, becoming the 1st Indian varsity to accomplish such a feat.

The institution has been home to distinguished alumni who have had noteworthy academic and industry positions around the globe. For more information, visit

*Based on metric of Citations per Faculty

The programme will be coordinated by Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), the design and manufacturing face of IISc. It trains students in developing systemically complex, technologically intensive, and socially impactful and sustainable solutions.