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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.

Innovation as an ecosystem in Schools:

Innovation as an ecosystem in Schools: About a year and a half back, I had made a blog post on Innovations in teaching : https://mmpant.com/2021/02/21/innovations-in-teaching/ to further spread some of the ideas that I was presenting at an FDP program at Central … Continue reading

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Teachers have to be future-proof:

Teachers have to be future-proof:  If something is future-proof, it will continue to be useful or successful in future when the situation changes. Being an educational futurist is not only about building scenarios for the future, and sharing it with … Continue reading

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Fostering a Scientific Temper:

Fostering a Scientific Temper: India is perhaps the only country which has an entry in its Constitution Article 51A(h) about fundamental duties that are expected to be performed by the citizens,among which is the duty ‘to develop the scientific temper, … Continue reading

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Greetings on 76th Independence Day: 75 years of freedom:

Greetings on the 76th Independence Day: 75 years of freedom: I made a post last year at the same time: https://mmpant.com/2021/08/15/greetings-on-75th-independence-day/ There are of course many challenges that the country faces today, but I will focus on just one, and perhaps … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence and education: the educator’s perspective:

Artificial Intelligence and education: the educator’s perspective. General public access to the internet began in India on 15 August 1995, 27 years back. It was earlier limited to an academic and research community within the project ERNET. Indira Gandhi National … Continue reading

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Teacherless Learning: Education 5.0

Draft post:  Teacherless Learning in Education 5.0 This post is largely driven by the opening words in the preface to Prof John Ziman’s book “ Principles of the theory of Solids”. The frontiers of knowledge (to coin a phrase) are … Continue reading

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Education in the Metaverse:

Resources for ‘ Education in the Metaverse’. Curated by Prof. M.M. Pant ( updated on 1-6-2022) Amongst the top contenders of the most trending words of the year 2021, Metaverse offers a parallel virtual universe. It opens up a whole … Continue reading

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Decoding Education 5.0

Genome Sequencing is 10 million times cheaper and 100,000 times higher quality than it was just a few years ago. Quantum Computing is around the horizon. Artificial Intelligence is displacing erstwhile white collar jobs. Engineering education loans are now NPA’s … Continue reading

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The Metaverse in healthcare/ medicine:

The Metaverse and Healthcare/ Medicine: Since 2021, the concept of the metaverse has been widely discussed. It refers to the internet accessed via virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) glasses, and is considered to be the next-generation mobile computing … Continue reading

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Learning Prescriptions:

Learning Prescriptions:  We need innovations in education. One such innovation is the “ Learning Prescription”. I had earlier espoused the idea of a “to learn” list like the “to do“ list that is well known in management. By investing in … Continue reading

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