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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.

Cassandra’s curse:

What is Cassandra’s curse? Warnings, Warnings Everywhere: Why We Sometimes Ignore Looming Disasters. After a disaster happens, we want to know, could something have been done to avoid it? Did anyone see this coming? Many times, the answer is yes. … Continue reading

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What is a Faustian bargain?

What is a Faustian bargain? The legend of Faust is a thought-provoking tale from the middle ages, which has a surprising connection to our world today. The story is both inspiring and tragic at the same time. In one famous … Continue reading

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Lunchtime Learning with WhatsApp:

L2W2: Lunchtime learning with WhatsApp  Schedule of courses for September 2020:  Monday 7th to Friday 11th : WLL01:  Learning with WhatsApp, other mobile Apps and MOOCs Monday 14th to Friday 18th :Learning 321: Education in the 3rd decade of the 21st … Continue reading

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Let’s Learn Together:

Learning 321:  In preparation for the 3rd decade of the 21st Century, I am building an appropriate model of learning. It’s key features are self-directed learners and educators who are lifelong learners functioning as a learning community. And instead of … Continue reading

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My response to the New Education Policy 2020:

My response to The New Education Policy 2020: 1: Vision :is transforming India into a global knowledge superpower. Autonomous Learners : Skills for 2020 and beyond: The Quantum Track :  2: The key overall thrust will be on learning how to learn – and away … Continue reading

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Let’s Learn together:

Let’s Learn Together: About 110 years back, Charles Eliot, the President of Harvard University, compiled and edited a 51 volume anthology of classic works from world literature. In his speeches he had said that the elements of a liberal education … Continue reading

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A paradigm shift in education:

“A paradigm shift in education” The phrase ‘paradigm shift’ gained prominence from the well known book (1962)  by Thomas Kuhn “ The structure of Scientific Revolutions” which challenged the earlier view that Science progressed almost linearly as “development-by-accumulation” of accepted facts … Continue reading

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10 Corollaries to the New Education Policy 2020:

Corollaries to the NEP 2020:  A corollary is something that naturally follows from a proposition. In Mathematics for example, the cosine law can be used to find the third side of a triangle if we know the lengths of two … Continue reading

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Learning 321:

Learning 321: Education for the 3rd decade of the 21st Century: Preface:  I use the term Learning 321 to convey two ideas. The first is the last steps of   a countdown…..just before liftoff. This is a response to Anthony Seldon’s statement … Continue reading

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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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