Excellence in higher education achieved through research and innovation is the hallmark of highly successful economies of the world. India is now one of the top few large economies of the world mainly due to the importance given to higher education. However, we are yet to attain world-class excellence and thereby feature among the best institutions of the world. A transformational change is necessary to propel some of the Indian higher educational organizations to the top, a change that is likely to be catalyzed via visionary leadership.
Recognizing this need, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has initiated a Leadership for Academicians Program (LEAP) which seeks to create visionary leaders for the national higher education system.
Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) is a unique, important and timely initiative to equip senior faculty members with to take up leadership roles in existing and new institutions. The program is to be delivered roughly two-weeks in India and a one-week long program in a leading foreign institution. The entire program expenses including foreign travel is sponsored by MHRD.
NIT Trichy is the only NIT among 15top institutions selected by MHRD to conduct the LEAP program in February 2019. Nanyang Technological University, one of the top 12 universities of the world is the international partner. IIIT Sri City is co-organizing this program. The potential participants of the program are Professors with
sufficient years of experience and who are likely to be the next generation of leaders for our institutions of higher education.
In addition to providing required insights on emerging international and national contexts of technical education and necessary learning for taking up leadership roles participants shall have a unique opportunity to carry out a project on chosen themes of institutional administration under the mentor ship of experts from India and
Singapore. Comprehensive feedback shall also to participants highlighting their strengths and areas of improvement.
The programme is broadly divided into the following themes:
♦ Visioning, Goal Setting and Strategizing ♦ Teaching & Learning
♦ Research and Industry Collaboration ♦ People Management ♦ Financial Management
♦ Internationalization and Global positioning
♦ Project and Operations Management ♦ Societal Engagement
The programme will be delivered through a participative learning mode. It will cover discussions, exercises, case analysis, group work, field visits etc. As part of programme methodology, it is proposed to have
outbound activities and field visits for experiential and reflection-based learning so that the collective learning is
significantly achieved. The resource persons will be highly-recognized academic leaders, entrepreneurs, professional trainers and industry leaders.