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Enhancing Soft Skills & Personality


The course aims to cause an enhanced awareness about the significance of soft skills in professional and inter-personal communications and facilitate an all-round development of personality. Hard or technical skills help securing a basic position in one's life and career. But only soft skills can ensure a person retain it, climb further, reach a pinnacle, achieve excellence, and derive fulfilment and supreme joy. Soft skills comprise pleasant and appealing personality traits as self-confidence, positive attitude, emotional intelligence, social grace, flexibility, friendliness and effective communication skills. The focus of this course is on interpersonal and management skills.
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Students, Teachers, Professionals, Trainers, Leaders, Employers


No prerequisite is required. Background knowledge of MOOC Course on "Developing Soft Skills and Personality" is preferred.


All industry/companies/organisations will recognize and value this course and recommend this for their employees and trainee programs.


Dr. T. RAVICHANDRAN is presently a Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.  He has written about fifty research articles/book chapters, supervised six doctoral theses, edited a special issue on Cyberpunk Literature for the Creative Forum Journal, and published a book on Postmodern Identity. He is a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship (2014-15) for his research/teaching at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. He is honored with Champa Devi Gangwal Chair Professorship at IIT Kanpur. In his distinguished twenty-five years of teaching career, he has taught various courses in English Language and Literature. His NPTEL Video and Web courses on Communication Skills are well-acclaimed nationally and internationally.  His NPTEL MOOC on Developing Soft Skills and Personality became hugely popular and well-received by about fifteen thousand participants from India and abroad.

Week 1:
  • Highlights of Developing Soft Skills and Personality Course-1-24
  • Highlights of Developing Soft Skills and Personality Course-25-48
  • Definitions and Types of Mindset
  • Learning Mindsets
  • Secrets of Developing Growth Mindsets
Week 2:
  • Importance of Time and Understanding Perceptions of Time 
  • Using Time Efficiently
  • Understanding Procrastination
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Don’t Say “Yes” to Make Others Happy!
Week 3:
  • Types of People
  • How to Say “No”
  • Controlling Anger
  • Gaining Power from Positive Thinking-1
  • Gaining Power from Positive Thinking-2
Week 4:
  • What Makes Others Dislike You?
  • What Makes Others Like You?-1
  • What Makes Others Like You?-2
  • Being Attractive-1
  • Being Attractive-2
Week 5:
  • Common Errors-1
  • Common Errors-2
  • Common Errors-3
  • Common Errors-4
  • Common Errors-5
Week 6:
  • Humour in Communication
  • Humour in the Workplace
  • Function of Humour in the Workplace
  • Money and Personality
  • Managing Money
Week 7:
  • Health and Personality
  • Managing Health-1: Importance of Exercise
  • Managing Health-2: Diet and Sleep
  • Love and Personality
  • Managing Love  
Week 8:
  • Ethics and Etiquette
  • Business Etiquette
  • Managing Mind and Memory
  • Improving Memory
  • Care for Environment
  • Highlights of the Course

  1. Dorch, Patricia. What Are Soft Skills? New York:Execu Dress Publisher, 2013.
  2. Kamin, Maxine. Soft Skills Revolution: A Guide for Connecting with Compassion for Trainers,Teams, and Leaders. Washington, DC: Pfeiffer &Company, 2013.
  3. Klaus, Peggy, Jane Rohman & Molly Hamaker.The Hard Truth about Soft Skills. London:HarperCollins E-books, 2007.
  4. Petes S. J., Francis. Soft Skills and ProfessionalCommunication. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-HillEducation, 2011.
  5. Stein, Steven J. & Howard E. Book. The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success.Canada: Wiley & Sons, 2006.


Name of the course:  Enhancing Soft Skills and Personality
Course duration: 8 weeks 
Date of exam: 23 April 2017
  • Time of exam : Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
  • Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Exam registration url - Will be announced shortly


  • The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 23 April 2017
  • Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
  • Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at  nptel.ac.in/noc.


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Thank You sir for this Awesome Course. This course really was a great work of you. I now understand how much practice and hard work you been undergone to deliver such awesome and easy to understand lectures. My more thanks to you sir for lecture on habits [Week 3]. Concepts in lectures are difficult to understand and I don't think I could understood those without your guidance. - Siddharth Bhusari
I would like to thank you for providing this wonderful course with lots of subject information, examples and life examples . . . . Looking forward to more courses like this from NPTEL. My special thanks to the Professor for guiding and explaining elaborately and neatly about the subject. Also eagerly waiting to enroll for the next Enhancing course. - Ranjani
This course helped me a lot. I can experience the change in my life style. I am suggesting others at least to watch the videos. Thank you very much for the wonderful course. - Indugu Rushiraj (M. Tech (Digital Systems and Instrumentation-ETC) IIEST, Shibpur Howrah-711103)
The course is an enriching and transforming one. This course has helped me understand myself and develop in many ways. I appreciate the way you have designed this course. Thank you very much! I look forward to doing the next level. - Pankaj Haryan, pankajharyan8@gmail.com
This course is really helped me a lot.. This type of thing I was searching since 2 years. But I never found stuff that I needed. This is the course which provides me quality learning skills. Big Thanks to you sir . . . I'm blessed that I get chance to learn from you . . . Thank you..!! - Durga Charan (M.Tech Student PEC, Chandigarh), dcharan44@gmail.com
I am very excited and happy to convey my sincere feelings to you. This course not just only helped me in my teaching but also it helped to develop my personality in terms of my attitude. Sir, as you said in the presentations that it is not just to learn or get certificate but we should be in a position to implement and follow in our day to day life then only it will become life changing course. That's true Sir. Once again my best warm wishes to you sir for your wonderful efforts. - A. Praveen
Dear Sir, I am very blessed to have you as my guru. Sir, you have motivated and inspired me to become the human being with the essence of sensitiveness and mindfulness that everyone must possess. I promise you that I will imbibe all the necessary skills with regular practice. With all the valuable motivational tips and suggestions I learned in this course, had bought many essential changes in my thinking pattern. - Dilip Kumar
This was the perfect course which I sought one year back. The way you delivered the lectures were lucid. Lot of examples, new technical words were adding credits to it. This course brought Awareness on Communication Skill, Conflict Resolution methods, Non-verbal communication, Self-Actualisation, Interview Skill and Group Discussion. Apart from exam perspective I am satisfied in following this course for 8 weeks successfully bringing awareness around me. Thank you sir. – Gowtham
I have completed the course today. Today I feel equally proud as well as happy to have been a part of such a wonderful course. You and your supporting team is great. Thank you for putting this great course for us people. I am looking forward to the advance course in this series. Thank you sir. - Rahul Parwal (B.Tech, 2016, JIET Jodhpur)
I am feeling sentimental about end of this course! Two months have passed in no time, I became happy! Everyday in the evening after coming from office I used to watch your videos religiously. Sir I am from technical background, and have never learnt soft skill. Before this course I was knowing that Personality means simply the outlook/dress up/makeup, etc., of a person. After doing this course, I have change a lot and now I have forgotten the term “Anger”. Now I am able to understand the term “Humans and Humanity”. All the short stories used in the lecture were simple but highly effective. Your Etiquette session was superb! And the last week lecture was splendid! The most interesting was the summary in single slide. Keep sharing such thoughts so that humans behave like humans. The whole world has become selfish and inhuman. Most people have removed the word called humanity from their dictionary. I promise you sir I will apply these thoughts in the life. Thank you once again for the splendid course and reminding us that we are HUMANS. – Vinod Kumar