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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.

Quantum Supremacy:

Quantum Supremacy ( in Computing)  In 2012, Prof John Preskill, a professor of Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California proposed the term “quantum supremacy” to describe the point where quantum computers can do things that classical computers … Continue reading

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Quantum Mechanics in everyday life:

Quantum Mechanics in everyday life :  The mention of the  phrase ‘Quantum Physics’, immediately invokes a response of something quite weird and incomprehensible that happens in very special conditions in nature, and perhaps companies like Google, IBM and Microsoft are competing … Continue reading

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Why learn Quantum Mechanics while at School?

Why learn Quantum Mechanics while at School ?  Quantum physics is perhaps the greatest intellectual triumph in the history of human civilization, but as the dramatis personae are serious Scientists in pursuit of ‘ smoother pebbles and prettier shells that … Continue reading

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The high road to future readiness:

The high road to future readiness:  We are in a world facing a number of challenges cropping up before us with less than adequate response time before the next one crops up. The climate change crisis, the learning crisis and … Continue reading

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Greetings for Navaratri and the Hindu New Year!

Wishing you all an auspicious start to a lifelong learning journey:  We begin the Hindu New Year and the Chaitra navraatri today, and my suggestion to all is to make a resolution, not only for this New Year but for … Continue reading

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First Principles: A framework for complex problems:

First Principles: A framework for deconstructing complex problems As we prepare our youth and ourselves for the coming decade, the World Economic Forum and several other think tanks and thought leaders suggest that problem solving skills, especially that of complex problem … Continue reading

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Wearables in education:

Wearables in education :  Although mobiles today are ubiquitous and omni-present, our formal education system prohibits their presence ( and possible use) in the classrooms of schools, colleges and universities.  This is so inspite of UNESCO actively promoting the use … Continue reading

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Learning 321: Real Learning, Relevant Education:

Learning 321: Real Learning, Relevant Education : Learning 321 is the term  that I use to describe education in the 3rd decade of the 21st century,  driven by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and other current transformational technologies such as the … Continue reading

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A framework for the Science of Learning:

A framework for the Science of Learning:  Please watch this video from Jeff Hawkins on how brain Science will change Computing : Jeff Hawkins: How brain science will change computing In this brilliant talk Jeff Hawkins points out that instead … Continue reading

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Building Learning Power:

Building Learning Power:  It is becoming increasingly clearer that now and in the foreseeable future, being able to learn by oneself will become the evolutionary trait that will differentiate those who succeed, flourish and thrive from those who are left … Continue reading

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