HRD Ministry launches LEAP and ARPIT programmes for higher education faculty

Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, launched two new initiatives, namely, the Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) and the Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) on November 13, 2018 for higher education faculty.

While LEAP is a three weeks flagship leadership development training programme for second level academic functionaries in higher education institutions, ARPIT is a unique initiative of online professional development of 15 lakh higher education faculty.

Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP)

• Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) is a three weeks (2 weeks domestic and one week foreign training) flagship leadership development training programme for second level academic functionaries in public funded higher education institutions.

• LEAP will make Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) perform their roles of developing better students who will be future torch bearers.

• The main objective is to prepare second tier academic heads who are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future.

• It would provide senior faculty the required leadership and managerial skills including skills of problem-solving, handling stress, team building work, conflict management, communication, understanding the complexity and challenges of governance in HEIs and general administration.

• It will be implemented through 15 NIRF top ranked Indian Institutions namely, IIT Roorkee; IIT Kanpur; NIT Trichy; IISER Kolkata; JNU; IIT (BHU); Delhi University; IIT Bombay; TISS Mumbai; University of Hyderabad ; NIEPA, IIT Kharagpur; Jamia Milia Islamia; BHU; and AMU.

• The foreign universities identified for the training are also within the top 100 in the world global rankings.

• The foreign collaborating institutions are University of Michigan; NTU Singapore; Harvard University; Purdue University, USA ; University of Chicago; University of Pennsylvania; Monash University; Oxford University; University of Cambridge and University of Virginia.

Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT)

• Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) is a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 15 lakh higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM.

• For implementing ARPIT, 75 discipline-specific institutions have been identified and notified as National Resource Centres (NRCs) in the first phase.

• These instituted are tasked to prepare online training material with focus on latest developments in the discipline, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.

• In 2018, the inaugural year itself, the NRCs are expected to cater to around 13 lakh faculty of the total 15 lakh faculty in higher education.

The courses cover a diverse range of topics such as:

Indian culture and Heritage Studies

Tribal and Regional languages, Urdu, French Studies,

Pedagogical Innovations & Research Methodology

Tools, techniques and experiments in Earth Science,

Latest Trends in Pedagogy and Assessment

Mathematics, Statistics, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Biomechanics

Personal-Emotional Development and Counselling

Marine Science, Calculus, Real Time Power Analysis and Smart Grid

Neural Networks and Deep Learning &  Knowledge discovery

Civil Infrastructure for Smart City Development

ICT in Science and Maths teaching

Engineering Mechanics, Design Spectrum, DIY Manufacturing Technology

Innovation and Best Practices in Educational Skills

Advanced Concepts in Fluid Mechanics, Energy Systems Engineering

Leadership and Governance in Higher Education

Engineering Mechanics, Physics of Semiconductors and Devices, Electrical Engineering

Public Policy and Administration

Bio-Medical engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Sciences, Chemical Engineering

English Language Teaching

Internet of Things

Hindi Literature & Linguistics

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Methodology of Teaching Sanskrit

Aerospace Engineering, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Effective Creations and Innovative Researches in Medieval Gujarati Literature

Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Development Perspectives in Agriculture

Library & Information Science, Ethics, Human Rights and Environment, Anthropology

Gender/Women's studies, Law, Social and Rural Development

Disaster Management, Climate change


• The course is a 40 hour module with 20 hours of video content and 20 hours of non-video content.

• There are built-in assessment exercises and activities as part of the academic progression in the course.

• At the end of the course, there will be a terminal assessment which can be either online or a written examination.

• All faculties who have successfully completed the online refresher course will be certified.

• The courses will remain open from November 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019.  

• All in-service teachers, irrespective of their subject and seniority are requested to register and complete these refresher courses which will help them in career advancement.

• ARPIT will be an ongoing exercise so that every year NRCs will continuously develop new refresher module in their earmarked discipline each year.

• The training materials will be uploaded and made available through SWAYAM.

• NRC will publish the list of the faculty who have been certified.

• The NRCs will revolutionise professional development of faculty by catering to massive numbers by leveraging ICT and online technology platform of SWAYAM.


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