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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    The collaboration between Our institution and IIT Madras Incubation Cell has been seamless, showcasing the power of partnerships in fostering educational excellence. The dedication and expertise of the faculty members involved have been commendable, creating an enriching environment for learning and collaboration. Feedback from our students has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing gratitude for the opportunity to participate in such a transformative program. We believe that initiatives like LEAP play a crucial role in nurturing the next generation of leaders and innovators.

    Dr. V. Vishnu Karthik

    MD, Vice -Chairman
    Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engineering College, Chennai
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    Industry-oriented project-based learning offers a refreshing alternative to traditional classroom education. By immersing students in practical, real-world projects. LEAP equips them with the practical skills and knowledge required to tackle complex challenges in their respective fields upon graduation. This program helped our college and faculty who is looking to prepare their students for the demands of the modern workforce.

    Dr. V. Mahalakshmi, ME, PhD

    Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engineering College, Chennai
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    Our institution signed a MoU with IIT Madras Incubation Cell for participating in the LEAP programme. 118 students from our institution participated in the programme. As the first step, 20 faculty members were trained on the art of reverse engineering and Arduino programming. The sessions were mind-blowing. These trained faculty and faculty from IITM Incubation cell handled the sessions for students. It was heart-warming to see the utmost sincere involvement of students in the theory and practical sessions. LEAP workshops involve learning new concepts, creating group dynamics, developing aptitude for solving real-world problems, improving writing and presentation skills, and so forth. The LEAP programme is highly recommended to all first year students of engineering, irrespective of their branch of study. It introduces the project based learning to students, thus cultivating interest in engineering which would positively reflect in their regular studies as well. The follow-up programmes in higher semesters mould the students to be real engineers.

    Dr. C. Sathish Kumar

    Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering (An Institute under Government of Kerala), Thiruvananthapuram
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    LEAP approach of integrating IIT-style project-based learning throughout the engineering curriculum is a game-changer. Through hands-on experience in building products, students not only deepen their understanding of theoretical concepts but also develop invaluable problem-solving and inter disciplinary skills for success in today's competitive job market.The enthusiasm and dedication exhibited by participants reflect the program's success in igniting curiosity in understanding engineering principles.

    Dr. G. INDIRA, ME, PhD

    Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engineering College, Chennai
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    Our postgraduate students attended the LEAP programme which provided them with an exceptional study environment. It provided them an invaluable stock taking step towards their advancement in their career. The programme enhanced their problem solving skills through creative assignments and brainstorming discussions. Project based learning is indeed a great learning experience for the students. Through this small initiative, I believe that the students have enhanced their capability to learn, achieve and contribute to the world. There is no doubt that these torch-bearers will be ahead of others.

    Dr. G Radhamani

    Professor & Director | Department of Computer Science
    Dr. G R Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore
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    LEAP wasn't just a program, it was a gateway to a world of possibilities for our students. Through a kaleidoscope of hands-on activities, they learned to see the world through a different lens, one that fostered innovation and creativity. This newfound perspective blossomed magnificently, resulting in internships, fellowships, placements, and even the birth of a thrilling new startup!.

    Dr. Reena Nair

    Associate Professor | Department of Computer Science Engineering
    Government Engineering College, Painavu, Idukki, Kerala