Getting started on lifelong learning

Getting started on lifelong learning


Although Socrates is still the role model for a lifelong learner, who learnt a new tune on the last evening of his life, and thought leaders like Alex Flexner extoll the usefulness of useless knowledge , the pragmatists among us support the many averments to the effect that the 21st Century is the era of lifelong learning. Alvin Toffler has famously said that “ the illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”. Amitabh Bachchan has in this short video reiterated the value of learning :

Bill Clinton echoes the same opinion :

In recent times, Yuval Noah Harari has warned of falling into the ‘useless class’ without the right education :

These weekend courses are designed to be of appeal to motivated and aspiring  learners who are at the Secondary stage (classes 9 to 12) of their School years, as formulated in the NEP 2020 ( ) and NCF 2023 (

Opportunities will open up for the ‘ rightly educated’ not only in India ( Bharat) but also in many other progressive parts of the world. Major global economies are undertaking huge initiatives to promote and accelerate technology research and development. 

Elon Musk’s philosophy of innovation is  “First Principles” and our first weekend course is about explains them and suggesting how they can be applied for success. The other three are also about leveraging your education for flourishing and thriving in an unknown and uncertain future. 

Here are the links to know some more details about the above 4 weekend programs:

LW1: FAST: First Principles and Scientific Temper :

LW2: Learning Prescriptions:

LW3: Building Cognitive Reserve :

LW4: DYORFYE: Do your own research for your education :

You can use the month of November to get started on your lifelong learning journey by pursuing LW1 during its first weekend on November 4th and 5th, pursuing LW2 during the 2nd weekend on November 11th and 12th, pursuing LW3 during the 3rd weekend on November 18th and 19th LW4 in the 4th  weekend on November 25th and 26th.

Further information will be provided to those who express interest by sending 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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