Education in the post Covid19 era: for those in a hurry.
1: Post Covid will for most sectors be a restoration of ‘status quo ante’ but for education it has to be a fast forward to bring about a Quantum jump in the economy. This will require pole vaulting to leverage the benefits of the 4th Industrial Age.
2: Like the IITs transformed the slide rule wielding engineer to a computer fluent complex problem solver with wide cognitive flexibility to reap the benefits of the 3rd Industrial Age,all our learners should become valuable assets in the 4th Industrial Age.
3: It is said of Albert Einstein that he gave a particular exam to a class that had already been given that exam. Alarmed at this, his Teaching Assistant
warned Einstein of what he was about to do. The Professor just smiled and said: Yes the questions are the same but the answers have changed. This is squarely applicable to education in the post Covid 19 scenario.
4: Prospering in the 4th Industrial Age is not just for a few,but for anyone who can pursue Heutagogy, rather than traditional pedagogy or andragogy to be a self-directed learner. With data and tools accessible through the cloud learning is now democratised.
5: Both learners and educators will deploy AI in their pursuit of learning. Like self-driving cars, learners will transform from passive learners to active self-directed lifelong learners. Educators will master AI and become AI fluent SmartEducators.
6: While much learning can be self-learning,it may be augmented at “co-learning spaces and emerging technologies experience centres” where groups of learners broadly pursuing similar goals can learn from each other. Learning communities will be the new norm.
7: In medicine,the diagnosis treatment and management of many ailments is not done the same way as decades ago.The advances in research inform medical practice.But progress in educational research has no impact on the practice or education. This needs to change in the post Covid 19 era.
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.