India celebrates National Science Day on 28th February every year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect on 28 February 1928 for which Sir C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the year 1930. The theme of the National Science Day 2023 is “Global Science for Global Wellbeing”. In the first National Science Day of the ‘Amritkaal’ this is recognition for the idea that Science is universal and is for everyone’s well being and progress, not the preserve of a few. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) acts as a nodal agency to support, catalyse and coordinate celebration of the National Science Day throughout the country.
As a Physicist who studied at Allahabad University, I have made some contributions on this National Science Day. All of them are in the nature of spreading Scientific awareness for Global well being. I am a Ph.D. student of Prof SK Joshi, who was a Ph.D. student of Prof K Banerji, who was a Ph.D. student of Prof KS Krishnan, who worked closely with Sir CV Raman.
The first is a weeklong course on ‘ First Principles and Scientific Temper’ in fulfilment of the Directive Principles in Article 51(A) (h) of the Constitution of India. The second is a series of weekend courses on topics that I have labelled as ‘Contemporary Physics’, for high ability students who dream beyond just getting into IITs. The typical School leaving curriculum does not cover the most exciting recent developments in Physics. Much of contemporary physics topics, of which some have been the subject of recent Nobel Prizes is available to almost everyone with an enthusiasm, and a good Internet connection.
This series begins with the James Webb Space telescope ( JWST), not knowing about which cost Google US$ 100 billion in its botched up demo of Bard, and explores topics such as ……. Symmetry in Physics, key Quantum concepts, spin, Quantum Entanglement, Superconductivity, the standard model in Physics, Complexity, Complex adaptive systems, Special Theory of Relativity, General theory of Relativity, Frontiers of Physics.
And the third is another weekend course “ Why learn Physics?” directed at students of class 10 to share the enthusiasm and excitement of the world of Physics. 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 what are the features and attributes of different subjects, that make it worthwhile to learn them. I have made a beginning with this weekend course on “ Why learn Physics ?”.
The flow of topics for this weekend course is : What is Physics?,thinking like a Physicist, The map of Physics, and how the life of an ‘ordinary’ Physicist can be ‘extra-ordinary’.
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Wishing everyone a wonderful National Science Day 2023.
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.