Become a lifelong learner:

This Akshay Tritiya, which occurs on April 28th invest in your education, whether as a student, a teacher or parent.

MMP01: Become a lifelong learner.

We are running a Summer School from 1st May to 29th July 2017, with 4 courses, the first of which is ‘ Become a lifelong learner’, which will run for a week from Monday 1st May to Friday 5th May 2017.
The other 3 courses to be offered during this summer school are :
MMP 02: Technology and Parenting
MMP 03: Couldn’t get into IIT? Rejoice !!!
MMP 04: Computational Thinking

It is now well appreciated that the single most important and fundamental skill for progress and flourishing in the future is the ability of becoming a lifelong learner.
That is why we have chosen the course on how to ‘Become a lifelong learner’ as the first of our 4 courses for the 2017 summer school.
Fresh groups will be formed every Monday beginning Monday 1st May for the course on ‘Become a lifelong learner’

The themes covered are :

1: The importance of becoming a lifelong learner

2: Attributes of a lifelong learner

3: Steps to becoming a lifelong learner

4: Improving your lifelong abilities
5: How to learn anything ?

My profile:
Prof MM Pant ( and is a Ph.D. in Computational Physics with a Professional Degree in Law.
After a long innings (~ 50 years) as an academic researcher and educator, he is now exploring new pedagogy, technology and curricula to succeed in the future, with focus on the 2nd half of the 2nd decade of the 21st century, the period heralding the fourth Industrial Age. { }
My special focus is on mobile Whatsapp based lifelong learning, transcending traditional education.
The impact of these technologies on our lives is nearer than many of us think:
The most important and key skill for coping with the forthcoming changes is to become a lifelong learner.
This course has been designed and developed with these considerations in mind.
This is a fee based course. The fee for this course is Rs 1000/- ( inclusive of all taxes).
This payment can be made either through PayTM to mobile number 9810073724 or directly to the following Bank Account :
Madan Mohan Pant
UniTech Cyber Park, Sector 39
A/c: 26451000000301
IFSC Code : HDFC0002645
Once you have made the remittance for fee, please send a WhatsApp request furnishing your details and the transaction ID for the remittance for joining the course group to 9810073724.
You will then be added to the group.

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Learning weekend 2017:

The Weekend WhatsApp courses & ‘ SMILE events ‘ which are scheduled till December 2017 are listed below:

There are 2 types of events in the following list. A set of events called SMILE events ( Sunday Meetups for Innovative Learning Expeditions) with Prof MM Pant. And a WhatsApp group preceding it. The immediate upcoming events are set in bold.

From August 2017 to December 2017, one weekend in every month is focussed on literary matters covering topics such as children’s literature, poetry and philosophy, humour, essays and flash fiction.

To have a consistency, these will all be held at the same place, the WOODs, Greenwood City, Sector 46 Gurgaon. The WOODs is located opposite Unitech Cyber Park, between Vista Villas and Residenct Greens.

Participation happens with prior registration by sending a WhatsApp message to +919810073724 or sending RSVP for the specific SMILE event at

Time Schedule:
Rolling in and Networking : 9:45 to 10:00 am
Session 1: 10:00 am to 11:15 am
Tea and Selfie Break : 11:15 am to 11:45 am
Session 2: 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

On the Saturday preceding the scheduled SMILE event, a one day WhatsApp course is planned to be run on the same topic. The schedule for these WhatsApp based courses is also listed below:

Saturday May 20th 2017: WhatsApp course on Spirituality in the 4th Industrial Age

Sunday May 21st 2017: SMILE event on Spirituality in the 4th Industrial Age

Saturday June 3rd 2017: WhatsApp course on Computational Thinking

Sunday June 4th 2017: SMILE event on Computational Thinking

Saturday July 29th : WhatsApp course on Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age

Sunday July 30th : SMILE event on Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age

Saturday August 12th : Literary Weekend: WhatsApp course on ‘Children’s Literature’

Sunday August 13th : Literary Weekend: SMILE event on ‘Children’s Literature’

Saturday September 9th : Literary Weekend : WhatsApp course on ‘Rhyme and Reason:Philosophy in Poetry’

Sunday September 10th : Literary Weekend: SMILE event on ‘Rhyme and Reason,Philosophy in Poetry’

Saturday October 7th : Literary Weekend: WhatsApp course on ‘Humour’

Sunday October 8th : Literary Weekend: SMILE event on ‘Humour’

Saturday November 11th : Literary Weekend: WhatsApp course on ‘Essays’

Sunday November 12th : Literary Weekends : SMILE event on ‘Essays’

Saturday December 2nd : Literary Weekend : WhatsApp course on ‘Flash Fiction’

Sunday December 3rd : Literary Weekend: SMILE event on ‘Flash Fiction’

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Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age:

Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age:

The video of my TEDx talk gives a very brief outline of concerns related to the 4th Ibdustrial Age: My TEDx talk on Education in the 4th Industrial Age

This program ‘ Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age’ is directed at the young ( both boys and girls) who are coming of age (turning 18) in the years to come. We are aiming at the age group of 18+-2, that is from 16 years to 20 years.
This is about the same age group that pursues the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, The A levels and the Senior Secondary stage of the CBSE and other State Boards. Younger persons may not be able to benefit from the program, although students in post secondary courses ( general BA, BSc, BCom or Professional courses such as Engineering, Medicine or Law) would find this program helpful in preparing them for their future.

There is really no upper age limit for an enquiringly mind with the disposition of a life-long learner.

About the 4th Industrial Age:
It was at the World Economic Forum 2016 at Davos, that the phrase 4th Industrial Revolution was proposed by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum in his book ‘ The fourth Industrial Revolution’ launched at the Davos 2016 drew attention to the possibility that we have just transcended the 3rd Industrial Revolution into the beginnings of the fourth Industrial Revolution.

The program : Coming of Age in the 4th Industrial Age:

If this program is pursued sequentially, and without a break, the program can be completed in 4 months. With some slack, it can be done in 6 months.
Cluster 1: Learning is earning
1.1: Time Management
1.2: Learning how to learn ?
1.3: Learning from Mobile Apps and MOOCs
1.4: Financial Acumen

Cluster 2: Emerging Technologies
2.1: Big Data : the Big picture
2.2: Blockchain : Demystified
2.3: Machine Intelligence : what is it and why it matters?
2.4: Quantum Computing ( a Primer)

Cluster 3: Complex Problem Solving

3.1: Creative Intelligence
3.2: Critical Reasoning
3.3: Mathematical Modelling
3.4: Computational Thinking

Cluster 4: Being human ?
4.1: Homo Sapiens : a primer on human evolution
4.2: Ethics and Values
4.3: Emotional Intelligence
4.4: The future of work

To enrol in this unique and timely program, please send a mail to

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An investment in Education is the best Option

An investment in education is the best option:

I had written an essay with the above title in 2007 and 10 years later it seems to have become even more true now, at the edge of the 4th Industrial Age. That set of essays is now available here:


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Archived Newsletters :

We had produced and distributed a weekly newsletter on matters Educational


here is the link to the consolidated set of newsletters:



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My session at APJ Institute of Management Dwarka

Here is the PDF file of the presentation :



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Presentation at NPSC Conference 16th February 2017


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