Education in pc ERA

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This week completed 1 month of daily call organized by Vishal Kumar of  at 10pm EST, Topics are a wide range and participants are also from varying backgrounds but mainly Entreprenurs & Students.  Last two sessions have been on Education. 

Yesterday and today I spoke a lot on Online Education so thought will share some thoughts on Online Education from my expefiencs and perspective since have been a student, educator & education entrepreneur since school days.

Below are few thoughts on Online Education.

Here pC stands for pre-Corona & post-Corona and not Personal Computer. Many decades back we had this Vision/Dream expressed by Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates to have a PC on every desktop.  He said, “Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible,” Gates wrote. “It is amazing to think about how far computing has come since then, and we can all be proud of the role Microsoft played in that revolution.”. (Now we have almost half of Human Population wih a smartphone (3.3Billion Plus). Soon we might reach that terget.

Here, I am using pC ERA as post-Corona era just like BC as Before Christ, we can say till 2020 pc stood for pre-Corona and post-Corona era. Of course I am making an opimistic projection that we will find a cure for Covid19 this year. The impact of Covid19 across industries, continents will be a civilizational level transition or change just like the Industrial Revolution and post-Industrial era . Many are calling it as the 4th  Industrial Revolution and will be dominated by AI, ML, Robotic Automation etc

Here I will like to talk about one industry and that is Education. We already had major positive disruptions in the industry via Internet. We have Online Education reach global audiences and at affordable rates or free. Few enablers are

  1. Khan Academy
  2. Coursera
  3. MIT Open Courseware 
  4. Wikipedia
  5. YouTube

    As i stated writig this blog did a quick google search and found a great collection i found at themuse,com  Will update the one for online course in India too


    1. ALISON

    ALISON has a large range of free, comprehensive classes on technology, languages, science, financial literacy, personal and soft skills, entrepreneurship, and then some. It targets all kinds of learners, from professionals and managers to teachers and freelancers.

    2. Udemy

    Udemy has plenty to offer for the learner on a budget, from completely free courses taught by experts, professors, entrepreneurs, and professionals, to frequent discounts and class specials. In addition to classes in tech, business, and marketing, you can also explore options in productivity, health, hobbies, and lifestyle.

    3. Coursera

    If you want to receive a college education without the high cost of tuition, Coursera is the best stop. This website offers amazing courses in all kinds of fields, from professional development to psychology, history, and literature—all created and taught by professors at top institutions nationally and across the globe. Their universities include Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and plenty more.

    4. edX

    Just like Coursera, edX offers anyone, anywhere the chance to take university classes in various departments—and get certified. Some of their big partners include Harvard, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago (and that’s not all!).

    5. Udacity

    Udacity focuses on software development, offering free courses in programming, data science, and web development. The website also offers a nanodegree program for individuals who want to master a skill set or pursue a full-time career in tech.

    6. LinkedIn Learning

    By subscribing to LinkedIn Learning, you’ll have access to thousands of courses in business, design, art, education, and tech. And it offers a free one-month trial so you can test the waters!

    7. General Assembly

    General Assembly offers both online and in-person classes, as well as full-time and part-time options. It focuses mainly on digital skills, covering subjects such as digital marketing, iOS and Android development, data analytics, and JavaScript.

    8. Skillshare

    Skillshare provides “bite-sized” classes to learners who only have 15 minutes a day. It has more than 500 free classes and several thousand premium classes to choose from in topics such as film, writing, tech, lifestyle, and more.

    9. LearnSmart

    LearnSmart’s orientated toward career development, which is why it’s a great place to learn about IT and security, project management, HR, and business.

    10. Codecademy

    Codecademy wants to teach you how to, well, code—and for free. It covers all kinds of programming, including JavaScript, Ruby, HTML, CSS, and Python.

    11. Pluralsight

    After subscribing to Pluralsight (or using its free trial!), you’ll be able to explore classes in software, 3D development, VFX, design, game design, web design, and CAD software.

    12. Adobe TV

    Not sure how to use Photoshop or InDesign? Don’t worry, Adobe TV will walk you through all its programs with tutorials, manuals, and more.

    13. FutureLearn

    FutureLearn’s completely free, with classes taught by universities and special organizations. Its big topics are business and management, creative arts, law, health, politics, science, digital skills, sports and leisure, and teaching.

    14. Academic Earth

    And if you’re looking solely for academic classes, this website is perfect for you. It has courses in the arts, science, humanities, economics, computer science, and more, all for free.
    Still don’t know where to start? Try Class Central—it personalizes your class search by asking you from the get-go what you’re interested in learning and from whom. Then, it pairs you with options from Coursera, edX, and other forums to find what best suits your needs, making the process even easier!

    My Summary thoughts
    Online Education is not an option or luxaey but willl be the main form of education even in a post-Corona world. Yes we will have schools, colleges, coaching institutins but online classes will be primay or mainstream across the world.

BC is Before Corona now

Most of the world currently runs by Roman/Western Calendar system where BC stands for Before Christ and AD B.C.” stands for the English phrase “before Christ,” but “A.D.” stands confusingly for a Latin phrase: anno domini (“in the year of the Lord”—the year Jesus was born). … Traditionally “A.D.” was placed before the year number and “B.C.” after, but many people now prefer to put both abbreviations after the numbers.

In my view given the civilization scale impact of Covid19 / Corona Virus on the way we work, live, and relax it may make sense to start calling pre-2020 AD as Pre Corona World and pre 2020 as Post Corona World. It’s not just about nomenclature but also the way society starts thinking, behaving, living, learning, and working. Internet-based businesses will be the new normal.

Those of us who are still operating primarily living and operating in the brick mortar world and delaying the Hybrid model or Digital First will soon start getting irrelevant.

Yes, we will still have Hospitals, Schools, Offices, Governments but larger parts of their services/operations will be operating remotely and via digital/internet.


Digital Transformation used to be a very popular pitch by many consulting companies ( Both Business as well as Technology) but soon that will be the baseline for all businesses. Thinkers /philosophers and modern-day Sages like Yuval Noah Harari have chronicled the evolution of our species from Sapiens to Homo Deux in his best selling books and speeches. Now 2020 will be the year when masses will start to believe in the idea. It is an extinction-level threat and few societies and governments have started to take it that way. AI, Machine Learning & Robotic Automation will need to be added to the primary school curriculum just like Reading, Writing, Maths, Sciences currently are. If we are not trained and certified in AI, ML, Robotics then we will start being considered as Illiterate



Covid19 Efforts by Alumni & Friends

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Corona Efforts by my friends, alumni, and organizations
You can reach the orgs or people directly via the Links shared or can reach Atul Kumar at +1 203 987 4452 on WhatsApp and will connect directly

  1. Bangalore Biharis Praveen Pandey, in Bangalore with Bihar Foundation BangaloreRSS Sewabharati & team
  2. Mumbai Jharkhandis – Aravind Kumar & JPS team
  3. Delhi Covid Avengers Team – Amar Chaudhary & Chakhna team (IIMA 2016)
  4. Chennai/India: Kaleidofin Sucharita Mukherjee IIMA 2001 MBA  & team
  5. Asha Silicon  Valley AshaSV
  6. Sainik School Tilaiya alumni at Many locations
  7. Pune  @ppcr_pune @Girbane & other leaders like @anandesh of @Persistentsys

    1) Bangalore Biharis: A team of Biharis based in Bangalore led by Praveen Pandey is leading a team of Biharis based in Bangalore who is working directly with people who need help We need few active volunteers who will get name and number of laborers in Bangalore we  will call and get the data filled in Google forms We can  use two phones or use your laptop or WhatsApp web  for calling and filling the data   need  to have personal connect with laborers understand their problems try to ask how they are managing currently how they are getting foods if anyone urgent requirement then takes their location. We also have 5 to 6 volunteers are working closed its urgent please come forward we can provide services to need by working from home only we will share few audio samples how we are calling people.Thanks, Praveen Pandey +91 9611192610
    Below is the Update from Pandey jee himself in Hindi, जहाँ सम्पूर्ण विश्व करोना जैसी त्रासदी झेल रही है।  वहीं पर आम परिवारों को खाने पिने की समानों की  कठिनाइयों से रूबरू होना पर पड़ रहाहैं /  जब केन्द्र सरकार के लाँक डाउन से  बगलौर में बिहार के मजदूरों को खाने व आवास की गंभीर समस्या का सामना करना पर रहा हैं / तब बिहार समाज के टेक्नोक्रेट प्रवीण कुमार पांडेय बिहार झारखंड यूपी के गरीब जरूरतमंद मजदूरों की बहुत मदद करने के लिए 50 से अधिक लोगों की टीम का समन्वय और निर्माण कर रहे हैं। वे बंगलौर में जरूरतमंद लोगों की सूची प्राप्त करने के लिए सोशल मीडिया फेसबुक गूगल फॉर्म व्हाट्सएप ग्रुप का उपयोग कर रहे हैं, फिर उनकी टीम उनमें से हर एक को टेलीफोन पर कॉल कर रही है और उनकी समस्या को समझने और नाम मोबाइल नंबर पते की जरूरत और तत्काल स्तर और कुछ समय के लोकेशन को इकट्ठा करने की कोशिश कर रही है। । फिर जरूरतमंद डेटा इकट्ठा करने के बाद    जरूरतमंद लोगों तक पहुंचाते हैं। मिसाल प्रस्तुत किया है  पाण्डेय  ने इस कार्य में सहयोग हेतु स्वंय सेवी समूहों तथा आर एस एस संगठन का अभार व्यक्त किया  श्री पाण्डेय ने बताया की कठीन चुनौतियों के बाद भी यह कार्य जारी रखा जाएगा।उनके अनुसार बंगलौर शहरी तथा ग्रामीण इलाकों तक उनके कार्यकर्ता सेवा तथा मानवता के इस कार्य में सहयोग दे रहें हैं। उन्होंने दान देने वाले व्यक्तियों तथा संगठनों की भूरी भूरी प्रसंसा की है. वे प्रतिदिन हजारों से अधिक लोगों तक भोजन पहुंचाने के लिए प्रौद्योगिकी का उपयोग कर रहे हैं

    2) Mumbai: JPS Team by Aravind Kumar of Jharkhand based in Mumbai led from who is working with people of Jharkhand based outside Jharkhand and Govt of Jharkhand. आज लॉकडाउन के कारण राज्य के बाहर फंसे लाखों श्रमिकों की सहायता हेतु मोबाइल JHARKHAND CORONA SAHAYATA एप्प लांच किया गया । सरकार द्वारा एप्प के माध्यम से श्रमिकों तक 1 सप्ताह में सहायता राशि उपलब्ध कराने का लक्ष्य तय किया गया है।  राज्य के बाहर फँसे आप सभी झारखण्डवासियों से अपील एप्प को से डाउनलोड कर अपनी जानकारी भेजे जिससे आपको मदद पहुँचायी जा सके।धन्यवाद् अरविंद आर्य झारखंडवासी परिवर्तन संघ

    3) Delhi Covid Avengers
    Teambased in Delhi led by IIMA alumni and entrepreneur Amar Chaudhary, who runs a startup Chakhna Shot. For details or to connect with the team you can refer to
    COVID Avengers Recent successful initiatives completed Raised funds to feed 100 families (4 members family) for a complete week. Means approx. 5000 meals. DONOR: USA Based NGO Influenced donors to donate Books, Toys & Biscuit for Kids   Arranged ration for 100 Autowalas families ration for one week in Hyderabad. A good feeling and meaningful purpose full lockdown time utilization. Raised funds for 5000 Soaps under Join Hands to Make Hands Clean

    4) Chennai / India: Kaleidofin team led by IIMA 2001 MBA Sucharita Mukherjee I am writing to you today to share some of the work that we are doing with reference to communication with reference to COVID19. We noticed that much of the communication was designed towards middle-class households. The notion of quarantine and social distancing in a rural context where even water supply could be common is much harder. With this challenge in mind, the Kaleidofin team lead by Hemnag and Vipul partnered with a public health NGO (Noora) to come up with these messages as open source, Unbranded messages that can be used by everyone for all of their customers. We have been using these messages for the last few days and have witnessed very good listen rates. There is also a demand sometimes for the message to be repeated. Here is a link to the audio clips (in Hindi) that explain in some detail various aspects of COVID prevention in a manner that’s relevant to our customer base. We have been using this for some time and are getting 80 percent plus listen rates from the customers to whom these calls have been pushed. The below are provided: Introduction, About COVID-19 (in 2 parts) Handwashing (in 2 parts) Don’t Touch Face  Social Distancing (in 4 parts)  Link to Google Drive:  Do give us your feedback and do feel free to send these to others to who they may be relevant

    5) Silicon Valley
    (Asha Silicon Valley) SV Volunteer leads include Mubarak from Apple, Vidhya from Google, Suhas from NVIDIA, Deepti from Apple & many other volunteers of AshaSV working in SF Bay Area with Asha volunteers spread across India

    6) Sainik School Tilaiya alumni reach me at +1 203 987 4452 on WhatsApp and will introduce to them directly (In military school culture we address our senior with sir as a suffix).
    Sunil Kumar sir – based in California
    Anil Kumar sir – Sainik School Tilaiya alumni based in the US are collecting help in Jehanabad. In Jehanabad, you can offer us has helped to collect goods or money and distribute it at the local level in JehanabadAnurag Sinha sir:  JK Sinha Foundation Trust distributes food items to villagers. Few news articles about the foundation

    Pune  @ppcr_pune So proud to see my classmate from @IIMAhmedabad 2001 Classmate @Girbane & other leaders like @anandesh of @Persistentsys taking the lead the wonderful city of #pune #PuneFightsCovid19
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Atul Kumar


I am Atul Kumar, based in Silicon Valley (North San Jose) since 2015. We were in East Coast / Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) from July 2002. Relocated from India in 2002 on transfer while working at GE. Am a serial failed entrepreneur, investor, and community organizer and volunteer for many organization. Cofounder of few entrepreneurship and alumni Orgs. Social Impact via Servant Leadership drives me. 
Few Links to connect and engage with me

  4. Book ( Unpublished ….)
  5. Facebook Page that you can follow
  6. Startup connector /accelerator based in San Jose is

Also Co-founder of few non-profits

  1. (Global Volunteer run alumni Org for all alumni of all IIMS). We have separate groups, IIM Family for Friends & Families too via Social Media,  Reach Atul at
    +1 203 987 4452 or for an invite
  2. Bharat Entrepreneurs Network was launched in 2017 at IIFT Delhi to accelerate entrepreneurship in Bharat or by people in/of/from Bharat with State, City Chapters like
    1. BIhar Entrepreneurs Network
    2. Jharkhand Entrepreneurs Network
  3. Women Entrepreneurs Network is a platfor to promote entrepreneurship among girls/womeb, 
  4. https://yen2020.0rg  Young Entrepreneurs Network is a GLocal Platform for promoting Entrepreneurship via Startup Bootcamps, online as well as classroom & live industry projects 

I volunteer for many orgs including Volunteer for few Global Non-Profits like 


(Obsessed with Volunteering, Helping, Mentoring,& Serving especially entrepreneurs/students so feel free to reach me via a message)

IIMA MBA 2001 based in SF Bay Area
Startup connector accelerator in HealthTech, EdTech FinTech & Social Impact