TISS has been playing a pioneering role in supporting policy design, advocacy and professional development in the higher education space both at the government of India and with state governments. The Higher Education Leadership Academy (under RUSA) and Centre for Academic Leadership and Education Management (under PMMMNMTT) have successfully contributed to professional development and capacity building initiatives in the higher and school education space. I am delighted that the Ministry of Human Resources Development has identified Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) as one of the leading institutions to undertake professional development programme for academic administrators under the LEAP initiative. 

Dr.Shalini Bharat
This initiative provides us with an excellent opportunity to further strengthen our ongoing work and give the much needed fillip to professional development activities in the field of higher education.
Higher education in India has undergone sea changes and rapid expansion over the last six decades. This sector has seen the rise of diverse set of institutions both in the public and the private space. The increase in the number of institutions is in keeping with the stated objectives of improving access and equal opportunities to a large young population. Given that higher education plays a very important role towards the construction of knowledge society, teaching, research and related functions are fundamental to social and economic activities. In an increasingly competitive and global era higher education institutions are today facing enormous amount of challenges.
Course director,LEAP

Ministry of Human Resource Development has initiated the Leadership for Academicians Programme to build excellence in leadership in Higher Education institutions in the country through a pool of trained professionals.This will generate a decisive and holistic impact on the advancement of leadership of Higher Education institutions, as well as on the quality and performance of Higher Education institutions and the overall advancement of Higher Education in India.


While it is true that higher education institutions are in general complex enterprises, in case of India it is even more challenging given its scale, size and complexities. Their management requires deep understanding, knowledge, skills and experience in leading and managing institutions. Urgent initiatives need to be taken not only to train and develop the individuals presently holding leadership and administrative positions in the higher education sector but concerted efforts will have to be mounted to prepare large number of people for taking over leadership roles in future at various levels in many different kinds of higher educational institutions.