Prof. M M Pant, Founder and Mentor
M.M. Pant ( www.mmpant.net ) and ( www.flipmooc.wordpress.com ) is a Ph.D. in Computational Physics, with a Professional Degree in Law and after a long innings as an academic researcher and educator 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 Revolution. He has a special interest in education as a means of behavioural change, self-learning with MOOCs and OERs, leveraging social media and bringing the tablets, smartphones and other handhelds into the flipped classroom in a framework named "Learning 221: Learning for the 2nd Decade of the 21st Century". He has been a pro-vice chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India, faculty Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur, India, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) at Allahabad, India. He has also been a faculty at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Prof. Pant is founder of LMP Education Trust, an organisation promoting new age learning and supporting underprivileged learners.
Sanjay Malaviya, Director & CEO
Sanjay, unlike his peer group started rather early in an entrepreneurial journey. He was able to benefit from the changes brought about during the 3rd Industrial Revolution to progress rapidly in an IT enabled world. Sanjay has now carved out a niche space in transforming delivery of education globally, across School, Higher education and Life-long learning. He is spearheading innovation in all elements of the educational landscape arising from the paradigm shifts caused by the disruptive impact of emerging technologies such as the mobile internet, touch screen, wearable and streaming devices and in the Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) environments. He comes with over 3 decades of hands-on experience in a number of sectors of the services industry, which allows him to bring to bear, the critical importance of the human-computer interface and the customer/user experience. With specialised skills in Computer based systems analysis, Project design and Implementation, he has been a serial entrepreneur with several start-ups nurtured to successful businesses. His current entrepreneurial interests are in Planet EDU, Qualifications & Assessments International and Echelon Networks. Sanjay has also setup a not-for-profit trust called 'The Future Foundation' to support the ecosystem of the 4th Industrial Revolution of humans and intelligent machines coexisting in a symbiotic relationship, in particular by setting up an innovation and incubation centre for emerging technologies and entrepreneurship. He spends his time in strategic thinking and planning, Identification of new business opportunities, International networking and collaboration.
Sanjeev Sehgal, Chief Operating Officer
Sanjeev has 22+ years of experience in finance and accounting. His cross industry experience in India and overseas includes businesses like communication and advertising, educations, pharmaceuticals toys, air conditioning. Sanjeev’s experience in management and accounting includes previous role of chief financial officer of Publicis Communications India and chief financial officer of Pearson Education India. He joined Planet EDU in 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing the day to day functioning of the organisation, implementing new strategies and processes for continuous growth and development of the organisation. A hand on professional and leads from the front. Sanjeev is a qualified chartered accountant and also an associate member of the New Jersey society of certified public accountants. Amongst external positions, Sanjeev is visiting faculty at the IIPM campus of Noida and Gurgaon and his favourite alphabet is “why”
D C Pant, Advisor-Examination Management
Mr. D C Pant brings over five decades of top-of-the-line professional experience to Planet EDU. His experience in innovative approaches in management and administration of universities, in addition to the introduction of the computer culture in the conduct of examination and assessment of over a million learners per year is highly noteworthy. He was previously the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He holds membership of numerous professional and academic bodies in India and abroad. Mr. Pant has spent a lot of time on overseas assignment and has traveled the world extensively.
Payal Mathur, Head-Academic Services
Payal is an English Language teaching and assessment expert with a blend of academic and management skills. She specialises in the development and delivery of teaching qualifications, continuous professional development programmes, assessments and 21st century skills courses. Payal has previously held positions as IELTS Examiner Trainer and an IELTS Examiner Support Coordinator for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Europe. She is also associated with Cambridge English Language Assessment as a Team Leader & Examiner and is also a CELTA tutor. She is an Assessor and Internal Verifier for Qualifications and Assessments International (QAI), UK
Suniel Nautiyal, Sr. Manager-Projects
With over two decades of experience in operations and project management, Suniel is responsible for supporting new projects at Planet EDU from its incubation to successful launch. Suniel has the ability to work across processes as part of the project management, ensuring complete synchronisation between different operating groups and teams. A trouble shooter by nature with abilities to manage pressure, he takes care of critical time bound project deliveries. He has been part of Planet EDU’s key projects including IELTS test delivery and Cambridge English test administration which are now key businesses of the company.
Manish Mohta, Sr. Manager-Accounts & Company Affairs
Manish, is a dedicated accounts and administration person, with a formal qualification in Accounts. With over 18 years of experience in the field of accounting, auditing and working through the process of registrar of companies, taxation authorities and other statutory bodies, Manish began his career with working for a reputed Chartered Accountancy firm, which gave him the much required foundation of Accounts, book-keeping, auditing and managing statutory requirements. At Planet EDU, Manish supervises the day-to day accounts of the organisation and it’s branches and is responsible for internal audits, statutory filing and general administration.
Dinesh Rana, Sr. Manager-IT Enabled Services
Dinesh has his basic education in Science, with specialised qualifications in Software development and IT systems. With over 15 years of experience in the field of Software development, IT infrastructure management and development of breakthrough projects in IT, Dinesh acts as the IT backbone of Planet EDU. He is also responsible for the complex in-house IT infrastructure of the company. Dinesh is responsible for driving new developments, including transforming existing solutions to newer and faster platforms and responding the Planet EDU’s ‘mobile first’ initiative.
Rajesh Tahilyani, Manager-IELTS Testing
With over 12 years of experience in the operations domain, Rajesh has been associated with Planet EDU in the area of IELTS Test administration, since his joining the company in 2002. He has grown in the system from being a test administrator, which gives him the unique understanding of the ground realities and challenges while keeping an eye on the top-level processes and systems, including its continuous improvement and development. Rajesh has developed specialised skills in imposter detection, which is a very critical aspect of the secure test administration. Rajesh is a team player and manages the IELTS test administration team across India and Bhutan which is part of the IELTS Service Provider arrangements with IDP Education a joint owner of the IELTS test. Prior to taking over as the Manager for IELTS test operations, Rajesh was the Centre Exams Manager for the Cambridge English Language Assessments at Planet EDU-an Authorised Test Centre.
Lakshya Babbar, Manager-Business Development
A young and energetic individual, Lakshya is a go-getter and very well suited for the role in the Business Development function of Planet EDU. He has been with the organisation for over 8 years and has been responsible for business development and sales of many new products and services and posting exceptional growth. Prior to his joining Planet EDU, Lakhsya has been associated with the outsourcing industry and has been team managing various functions that included sales. With professional qualifications and business and management he loves to set high targets and then work towards it with his team to achieve the same.