New | LP312 and LP320 concluded for GEC, Idukki in May 2024. | LP320 concluded for GRD, Coimbatore in May 2024. | LP201 - Open house competition happened at PDKVCET, Chennai on May, 10th. | LP111 FDP conducted at RIT, Rajapalayam on April 5th & 6th. | LPB01 - Reverse Engineering bootcamp conducted at SCTCE, Thiruvananthapuram on Mar 22nd & 23rd. | LPB01 & LPB02 FDP programs conducted at GEC, Idukki and SCTCE, Trivandrum. | Twenty-one LEAP students have won the IITM Pravartak Undergraduate Fellowship award. LP201 started at GEC, Idukki in Feb 2024.

LEAP - Learn Engineering by Activity with Products

"For a rewarding career that transforms India, an engineer needs to graduate with good experience of designing and building real products that solve needs of society."
Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves, Founder LEAP
Founding Director (2010-2020), IIT Mandi
Professor (Retd) CS&E Department, IIT Madras
  • IIT-Style Project Based Learning for Engineering Colleges
  • Students gain skills for innovating useful products and technologies
  • Students develop working prototypes, solving real-world problems
  • Faculty Development Program for Faculty skill development
  • Industry collaboration for Internships, Placements, LEAP programs support

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IITM Pravartak UG Fellowship



LEAP students Internship

  • Saptang


  • CeWit




Build a better Product

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Product engineering

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Mini Project/Internship

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Major project

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Engineering Education in India today


India has a very large number of engineering and science graduates. Indian companies provide engineering services globally. However, when it comes to product design and innovative solutions to society’s problems, India lags far behind.

This is due in large measure to the limited practical exposure of students in the largely theory-oriented UG teaching in most of our colleges. Further, many of the teachers have not worked in industry and hence have little practical experience.​

Many students do not develop innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. Most of them do not get core engineering jobs, many leave engineering altogether. Out of about 1 million engineers graduating per year in India, over 40% are considered unemployable by Indian industry and over 80% are unemployable in the knowledge industry. We estimate that barely 3-5% are capable of doing innovative design.

LEAP is working towards changing this, making even students from rural engineering colleges capable of doing innovative design. Know more...

Project Based Learning

LEAP for Industry-ready Engineering Graduates

LEAP provides IIT Style / Industry-oriented Project Based Learning (PBL) to Engineering Colleges by focused programs from 1st Year to 4th Year BE / B Tech. All LEAP activities involve building products and learning by doing. Know more...


LEAP is funded by the Maker Bhavan Foundation, USA through the IIT Madras Incubation Cell

LEAP for Empowering College faculty

  • Faculty Training Workshop at the start of a LEAP program
  • Faculty members are trained in both Technical and Management aspects during the workshop.
  • Faculty Technical training is aligned to the respective LEAP Program content, covering topics and hands-on activities as per the LEAP Program content, e.g. LP201 Faculty Training workshop covers aspects like:
    • Project Based Learning methods
    • System Design Aspects
    • Research to Prototype to Productization
    • Solutioning within given cost and time constraints
    • Project Specific Topics
  • Faculty Management training is aligned to implementation of the LEAP Programs at their respective colleges, including topics like Program delivery, Progress reviews, Student mentoring, and Evaluation strategy.
  • Regular connect is done with Faculty members on Progress and Challenges during LEAP Program execution.
  • Faculty members are also provided opportunities to connect with Industry Network.


LEAP for Industry Associates

LEAP is partnering with Companies/Industries across different domains. LEAP Industry partners collaborate on various aspects related to LEAP.


Provide internships to talented LEAP students. Being trained hands on, LEAP graduates have a level of preparedness and will be able to contribute with fresh perspectives.


Hire great talent by reviewing work done by students in LEAP.

Domain Specific Projects

Propose and guide LEAP teams in world class, domain-specific project ideas that stem from the organization needs. Showcase and share expertise through skilling programs in technologies of interest to the organization

LEAP Volunteer

Volunteer for various roles in LEAP, including Advisors, Judges, and more.

CSR funding

Support LEAP Programs for rural and semi-urban college students via CSR funding.

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