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Enhancing Soft Skills and 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. It has been approved for "Faculty Development Programme" by AICTE.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students, Teachers, Professionals, Trainers, Leaders, Employers

CORE/ELECTIVE: It can be used as a core or elective course

UG/PG: Both for UG and PG students

PREREQUISITES: No prerequisite is required. Background knowledge of MOOC Course on "Developing Soft Skills and Personality" is preferred. "Developing Soft Skills and Personality" course was also recognized as FDP during Aug-Oct'18 Period.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All industry/companies/organisations will recognize and value this course and recommend this for their employees and trainee programs.

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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  
  • Dorch, Patricia. What Are Soft Skills? New York:Execu Dress Publisher, 2013.
  • Kamin, Maxine. Soft Skills Revolution: A Guide for Connecting with Compassion for Trainers,Teams, and Leaders. Washington, DC: Pfeiffer &Company, 2013.
  • Klaus, Peggy, Jane Rohman & Molly Hamaker.The Hard Truth about Soft Skills. London:HarperCollins E-books, 2007.
  • Petes S. J., Francis. Soft Skills and ProfessionalCommunication. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-HillEducation, 2011.
  • Stein, Steven J. & Howard E. Book. The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success.Canada: Wiley & Sons, 2006.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: April 27th 2019 (Saturday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • 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.