IEIC 2016#2: Educational Innovation in India

IEIC 2016#2: Putting India at the centre of educational innovation:a few ideas for educational entrepreneurship

Listed below are 10 categories of educational businesses, and a long tail of 15 bullets. Considering variations within each category, this is probably 50 opportunities.
1: An educational Apps store:
Need for an Educational Apps store, that inspires ‘trust’
Education apps can be big money makers over the next few years, but to be revenue generating they need to include in-app purchases.
In future can be expanded to an online store for educational products: Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra,
2: NAMASTE Planet !
New Age Mobile Academy for Specially Talented Eclectics
Planet : Pioneers, leaders, ambitious, networked, enthusiastic,technologically fluent
Implementing ‘heutagogy’ suitable for self-directed learners
A personalised learning environment ” mobile first, wearable next” with wireless Internet and flipped learning to supplement and complement the ‘ritualistic’ educational structures and is entrepreneurially driven
All learners have a ‘ Learner Disposition Profile’, updated with certificates of prior competence, reports of diagnostic tests and badges as evidence of learner achievement .
Every Learner is assigned a mentor to manage the cognitive, meta-cognitive and affective needs. Use of learning Analytics will enhance the learning experience.
Computing Strand:
Coding for all : Scratch, Python and many others
Computational Thinking:
Computer Based Maths
Tinkering with digital systems
Making with 3D Printers
Gaming and Games Development
Apps Development
3: School for life-long learning :

Pre-natal, neo-natal and pre-school learning;
Programs for parents
School for the 2nd half of life: an idea originally suggested by Carl Jung
4: A Network of Independent Educators:
Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Chartered Accountants or Architects can all practice their expertise within Government, a Corporate or independently.
Qualified educationists would work independently…. as teachers, diagnosticians, mentors, quality assessors, curriculum designers, content creators etc
A Professional Network of Independent Educators with regulation and assurance of professional standards
5: Educational Diagnostics:
Standard traditional IQ; . Emotional Quotient; Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence (7) risk intelligence
English Language Skills ( 4 main skills, further sub-divided, to eventually have more than 10 skills)
Thinking Skills:
Critical Thinking; Analytical Thinking; Mathematical Thinking ; Computational Thinking
Creative Thinking ; Innovative Thinking: Entrepreneurial Thinking
6: Next Generation Physical Learning Spaces:
Chain of Generic learning lounges;
learning Cafés; learning Gyms; learning Spas
Maker Spaces;
There was a time when almost every American child learned in a one-room school.
Reminiscent of our Gurukuls and the more recent movement of our own ‘Ekal Vidyalaya’.
7: Focus Chains:
Language learning Gyms (From No English to Know English):
Maths Gyms ( Overcoming Maths Phobia with the help of Computers):
Developing Computer Fluency ( add on programs) ;
innovation development; entrepreneurship development; thinkers, tinkerers and makers
8: A Universal HelpDesk:
Anything you wanted to know about educational matters, but didn’t know whom to ask?
JustDial; Askme etc. focused on
Serving learners, teachers and parents
9: Educational Marketing:
The biggest challenge in an era of abundance is matching resources to the target audience.
A prospect is overwhelmed with available resources, and recommendation engines are very useful.
A focused educational marketing company that leverages databases, learner profiles and social media to connect learners to content that they need.
10: An educational Observatory
An independent specialist advisory organisation whose opinions are sought by many. For instance Seybold reports in field of printing;
Organizations like McKinsey, Ernst and Young, Deloitte, etc.

11: The Long Tail of Educational Business possibilities in India:
11.1:A chain of Educational Malls
11.2:A large (1000 acres) integrated ‘education’ City
11.3:Training a million technicians in the skills of tomorrow
11.4:Centre for Financial Literacy
11.5:Reality show on education ( Maths, English and Science) : TV and new Media
11.6: Educational back-office services
11.7: De-materialised degrees and certificates
11.8: Games Based Learning Systems: epistemic value of games
11.9: Creativity and Innovation Spas
11.10: Managerial/Computational Skills self-taught ( MBA/MCA unbundled) in Hindi and other regional languages
11.11: 21st Century Gurukul for 21st Century Gurus
11.12: Certified Educational Diagnostician
11.13: Certified Educational Data Scientists
11.14 Educational Tourism for Global Citizenship

About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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