About Leap
Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) is a fully-funded Three weeks leadership development training programme, organised in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development, for second level academic functionaries in public funded higher education institutions. Designed as a training
programme with two weeks domestic and one week foreign training, the main objective of the programme is to prepare second tier academic heads who are likely to assume leadership roles in the future. 
LEAP Cultivates 

Fostering visionary leadership and providing strategic thrust to Higher Education Institutions


Enabling the academic and administrative teams to espouse a positive work culture and teamwork.


Enabling higher education leaders to tackle core leadership challenges in institutions.


Heralding a culture of performance and efficiency.


Instilling innovation and creativity in teaching and learning.


Exploring and leveraging technology for deeper engagement and wider delivery.

Global Thought

Inspiring global thought leadership within Indian academia.

LEAP Drives Collaborative Action
By conducting programmes in partnership with foreign  University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education is one of the United States premier education schools. Penn GSE students and faculty learn and work in an Ivy League environment that supports both practical knowledge building and high-quality research.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, with the support of Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, conducted a needs assessment of leadership gap in Higher Education. Subsequently, a detailed nationwide hearing was organised and various forms of engagements were undertaken for over nine months, including consultations, workshops, pilot training programmes, focus group discussions, individual reflections of administrators and scholars, etc.
Envisions Individual and Systemic Outcomes 
Improved managerial and leadership capacities of higher education leaders

Enhanced inter-personal relationship management skills of leaders, leading to enriched morale of staff

Creation of an expanded pool of capable & visionary leaders in higher education ecosystem
Shared learning & fruitful networking among higher education leaders, thinkers & policy makers
Mentors at LEAP Drive
Leadership and Inspire Action
Leading academicians, scholars, academic administrators and leaders, motivational speakers, and management experts from India and abroad will bring to the training their experience and perspective to guide and inspire leadership through action. 
Who Can Apply?

The Leadership Development Program aims to equip second level functionaries in Public Funded Institutions such as Deans, Heads of Departments, and Directors of Divisions/Schools with the leadership skills necessary for governance roles in academic institutions. The mandatory eligibility conditions are


At least 8 years of experience in the grade of Professor.


At least 3 years’ experience in administrative positions


High academic standing (Preferably 30 publications in SCOPUS indexed international journals or UGC approved journals)


The age has been relaxed from 55 years to 58 years as on 31st December 2018


The domestic component of LEAP Summer Batch 2019 will be held from 19th August to 30th August 2019 at Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai and the foreign component will be held from 16th September to 20th September, 2019 at Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
LEAP is inviting applications on a rolling basis. Click Here to apply for LEAP Fall Batch 2019 tentatively scheduled for October-November, 2019