Standing on the shoulders of Giants

Standing on the shoulders of giants:
Backdrop:
We all seek to be motivated and inspired to become better versions of ourselves. Such Inspiration and motivation may come from a variety of sources. A song on the radio might spur you into action, or a scene in a movie. Seeing somebody accomplish something extraordinary, defy the odds, or overcome adversity can do the same. And sometimes all it takes is a simple inspiring quote!
My favourite are anecdotes.
The phrase “standing on the shoulders of giants” means “using the understanding gained by other major thinkers to make intellectual progress”. This concept has been dated to the 12th century,but its most familiar and popular expression occurs in a 1675 letter to Robert Hooke by Isaac Newton. “if I have seen further [than others], it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

In the Yaksha Prashna episode of the Mahabharata, the Yaksha asks Yudhishthir “What is the path ? “. And Yudhishthir answers “ Argument leads to no certain conclusion, the Srutis are different from one another; there is not even one Rishi whose opinion can be accepted by all; the truth about dharma and duty is hid in caves: therefore, that alone is the path along which the great have trod.” Or in Sanskrit महाजनो येन गतः स पन्थाः

I share a few inspirational and motivational pieces with you, as a one month WhatsApp course, where over 4 weeks, 5 days a week I post these at a scheduled time of the day and only a few minutes a day are needed for you to go through them . And you can do this at anytime that is convenient for you. If you have a thought that you want to share or a query that you wish to make, go ahead and post it. I will respond to the query when I am able to do do. This is an example of a-synchronous nano-learning, of which you will see more in the coming years.
The first edition of this course begins on Monday 2nd January 2023, and thereafter there is a fresh version every month. The course is continuously evolving ( mutating to use the language of the virus).
Learners are welcome to join on any date of the month. Since those newly joining a WhatsApp group, do not have access to earlier posts, those who join later in the month will be sent as direct messages all earlier posts. 
To join this course group please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724
The fee for the above monthlong courses is Rs 1000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is : 
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To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724

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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