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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.

Becoming an Independent Educator:

WLL09: Becoming an Independent Educator: Backdrop:  If one were to pursue the profession of medicine, law, architecture or even finance as in a CA, CFA or CFE ( Certified Fraud Examiner), one could choose to be employed by a large … Continue reading

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MSAI: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence:

WLL05: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence Backdrop:  We are now in the 4th Industrial Age and while Artificial Intelligence has been compared to being the new electricity, it’s availability through the cloud and mobile devices is much more universal. Since … Continue reading

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Weeklong Learning in 1st week of July 2020:

WLL01: Learning with WhatsApp, other Mobile Apps and MOOCs: Backdrop :  The recent experience with School, College and University education demonstrated the lack of adequate preparation of both the teachers and learners with learning from the abundant educational resources that … Continue reading

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Education in the post Covid19 era: for those in a hurry

Education in the post Covid19 era: for those in a hurry.  1: Post Covid will for most sectors be a restoration of ‘status quo ante’ but for education it has to be a fast forward to bring about a Quantum … Continue reading

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Education in the post Covid 19 era:

Education in the post Covid 19 era:  A few decades back we used to refer to the future scenarios in education with   phrase ‘21st Century education’.  I adopted the phrase “ Learning 321: education in the 3rd decade of the 21st century” … Continue reading

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Educational Leadership in the age of Artificial Intelligence:

Educational Leadership in the age of Artificial Intelligence: Today’s educational leaders face a dilemma. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will definitely play an enormous role in the future of their organizations and the social  environment in which they operate, but what effects will … Continue reading

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WEL12: First Principles:

First Principles: A framework for deconstructing complex problems:  In this era of availability of large number of digital learning resources, it is even more important to become aware of the importance of thinking from first principles and training the youth in … Continue reading

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Learning Agility:

Learning agility: the most important skill for 21st Century success Progressive educators have for decades  requoted ad nauseum the well known prophecy ( in 1970) of Alvin Toffler that “ The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read … Continue reading

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Start a lifelong learning journey:

Greetings on Akshay Tritiya 2020: Akshaya Tritiya, is an annual spring time festival that falls on the third Tithi (lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of Vaisakha month.  The festival date varies and is set according to the lunisolar and falls … Continue reading

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Quantum Biology:

Quantum Biology : When I was studying at University, about 60 years ago, those who pursued Biology had a non-mathematical descriptive and classification approach, to the living world which was quite different from those who pursued Physics, usually in combination … Continue reading

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