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 was founded by Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves (Founding Director, IIT Mandi 2010-2020, Retd. from CS&E Dept, IIT Madras) in April 2021, with co-founders including,

  • Hema Rani (Sr. Technology & Product Leader, Formerly with C-DOT, Aricent)
  • Prof. L. Kannan (Professor of Practice, IIT Madras, Founder, Vortex Engineering)
  • Rolland J. Enoch (Founder, Rishon Comm. Tech Pvt Ltd, Tirunelveli)
  • Prof. S. C. Jain (Emeritus Prof., School of Engineering, IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh)
  • Prof. Hitesh Shirmali (Associate Prof, School of Computing & EE, IIT Mandi, Himachal Pradesh)
  • Jagadheesh Kanna (Founder, Vaayusastra Aerospace Pvt Ltd, IITM Research Park)


Prof. Tag

Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves

Founder LEAP
Founding Director, IIT Mandi
(2010-2020) Retd. from CS&E
Dept, IIT Madras

Hema Rani

Hema Rani

Co-Founder, LEAP
Sr. Technology & Product Leader
Formerly with C-DOT, Aricent

Prof. Kannan

Prof.L. Kannan

Co-Founder, LEAP
Professor of Practice, IIT Madras
Founder, Vortex Engineering

Usha Rani

Usha Rani

Principal Consultant, LEAP
Formerly at DRDL, TCS, NMS Works


S Lakshiminarasimhan

Senior Manager, LEAP, IITM RP
Formerly Products & Customer Accounts in IT Companies

Nilofar Nisha

Nilofar Nisha

Assistant Manager, LEAP

Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar

Project Consultant, LEAP

and Others Mentors from IITs, and Industry

Knowledge Partners

LEAP is partnering with Companies to conduct LEAP Programs

Vaayusastra Aerospace

Vaayusastra Aerospace is an Ed-Tech and Research startup under IIT Madras Incubation cell and IITM's RTBi trying to enable Aeronautical and Aerospace Education for school and college students. Vaayusastra has a mission of taking the aeronautical education through out India and building future of space industry for India.

Rishon Comm.

Rishon Communication Technologies Private Limited provides automation software solutions. embedded software, design services, networking problem analysis, challenging troubleshooting, and software development consultancy. As part of LEAP, Rishon provides internship to the students, conduct FDP sessions, project evaluation for Open house events, offers project mentorship to the students, etc...


Maxelerator Foundation (MF): MF is a talent Accelerator that trains and transitions new talent to work in priority technology sectors. MF’s mission is to democratise essential high-tech skills, leverage talent to build technology products. MF does this by creation of student communities and actively engaging with them in relevant technologies with a focus on Product Innovation, conduct Faculty Development Programs, and providing Value Added Courses for college students.