This is the time of the year when millions of students moving from class 10 to class 11 would have to make choices for the subjects that they will be studying for the next 2 years. The NEP 2020 encourages the learners to not restrict themselves to traditional courses and combinations, but explore choices based on their interests and aspirations. But who informs the prospective learner about the features and attributes of different subjects, that make it worthwhile to learn them. I am creating a series of weekend WhatsApp courses labelled “ Y learn X ?” and Why learn Physics is the first in the series.
One of the oldest academic disciplines, Physics is a natural science whose goal is to understand how everything works at its most fundamental level. Physics studies nature on scales as small as an atomic nucleus to as large as the observable universe. Physics is the cornerstone of the other natural sciences (chemistry,computing, geology, biology, astronomy) and is essential to understanding our modern technological society. At the heart of physics is a combination of experiment, observation and the analysis of phenomena using mathematical and computational tools.
Learning Physics trains you to become an expert problem solver. You learn to break down a problem into its component parts and apply advanced mathematics, computing, data analysis and experimental techniques to arrive at a solution.
In due course we will have “ Why learn Maths?”, “ Why learn Biology?”, “ Why learn Economics?”, “ Why learn Psychology?” and others.
The flow of topics for this weekend course is :
Each of the posts comprise short interesting videos, short pieces of texts, visuals and animations, and not long lectures. There maybe links for further information for those who want to explore further.
Why learn Physics?
Day 1: About Physics
1.1: What is Physics?
1.2: Elon Musk on thinking like a Physicist
1.3: The map of Physics
1.4: Humanity progresses with advances in Physics
1.5: Resources for learning Physics
Day 2: The benefits of learning Physics
2.1: Physics develops measurement and estimation skills
2.2: Physics develops thinking and problem solving skills
2.3: Learning Physics equips you for a number of opportunities
2.4: Knowing Physics helps appreciate the limits of human Knowledge
2.5: The life of an ‘ordinary’ Physicist can be ‘extra-ordinary’
The first edition of this course will run on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 2023, and thereafter it will be on offer on the third weekend of every month.
The fee for this weekend course 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 :
* Madan Mohan Pant
* HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon
* (The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)
To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724
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.