Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) – 2019 and Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) – 2019 under Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) in New Delhi. Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP)

  • LEAP is a three weeks leadership development training program (2 weeks domestic and one-week foreign training) for second level academic functionaries in public-funded higher education institutions.
  • The main objective is to prepare the second tier academic heads that are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future.
  • LEAP is being implemented through the following 15 institutions:
  1. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  3. Banaras Hindu University
  4. Jamia Millia Islamia
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  6. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata
  7. University of Hyderabad
  8. NIT Trichy
  9. University of Delhi
  10. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  11. Jawaharlal Nehru University
  12. Indian Institute of Technology BHU
  13. TISS Mumbai (CALEM)
  14. AMU (CALEM)
  • The mandatory eligibility conditions are minimum 8 years of experience as Professor; 3 years administrative experience; Impeccable Integrity; High academic standing preferably 30 publications in ‘SCOPUS’ indexed international journals or UGC approved journals; and age below 58 years.
  • A maximum of 10 Lakhs per participant (including foreign training) is approved and each training institution signs MoUs with its foreign counterpart.
  • Each training module will have a batch of 30 trainees.
  • At the end of the training, the trainees are evaluated on ten critical leadership attributes, namely, visioning & strategizing; communication skills; people management; conflict management & handling stress; decision making; Teaching Learning, research and innovation; financial planning and management; administrative skills; understanding students; and collaboration.
Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT)
  • It is a major and unique initiative launched in November 2018 for the online professional development of 5 million higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM.
  • For implementing ARPIT, National Resource Centers (NRCs) are identified which are tasked to prepare online training material with a focus on latest developments in the discipline, new & emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
  • Under it, 75 discipline-specific institutions are identified and notified as National Resource Centres (NRCs) in phase I.
  • These institutions will be tasked to prepare online training material with a focus on the latest developments in the discipline, methodologies for transacting revised curriculum and pedagogical improvements. The courses will cover a diverse range of topics.
  • Each course will be a 40-hour module with 20 hours of video content and 20 hours of non-video content.
  • It will also have built-in assessment exercises and activities as part of the academic progression. There will be a terminal assessment either online or written examination at the end of the course.
  • All faculties after successfully completing the online refresher course will be certified. All in-service teachers, irrespective of their subject and seniority will register and complete these refresher courses which will help them in career advancement.
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