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Welcome to the first anniversary issue of Manage India! We launched Manage India in February 2009 and this is our eighth issue, including the special edition in December on the PMI India Project Management Conference in Hyderabad.
One of the mandates for PMI India is to spread the word about the role of project management across sectors. The current awareness levels are low; we see project management being applied primarily in the IT sector. Other sectors are yet to accord it the importance it deserves. For example, there is huge scope for improvement in the status of projects in the public sector, particularly in infrastructure-building activities. In the past one year, we have tried to highlight the relevance of project management in different sectors through Manage India. In the months ahead, we'll continue to keep our focus on different sectors, besides showcasing the best practices being followed by IT companies.
In the anniversary issue, we have featured a special project-a project that won the Best Project Award at the PMI India Project Management Conference in Hyderabad. I hope our readers find useful information in the feature on the Reliance KG D6 Deepwater Gas Development Project, which is India's first mega deepwater project and among the world's largest such projects.
The world is discovering the use of project management in every area of business. I attended the PM Challenge Conference organized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in USA in February. Over 1,700 people attended the conference; it had 16 parallel tracks. Dr. B. N. Suresh, director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology and former director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, represented Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India at the conference. What struck me was the depth of maturity and importance that NASA accords project management. This was its seventh successive annual conference. A highlight at the event was the keynote address by Mr. Gregory Balestrero, President and CEO, PMI. The other participants from PMI were chair of the board, Mr. Gene Bounds, and director, Dr. Edwin Andrews, Academic and Educational Programs & Services. PMI hosted a reception at the conference.
I'm delighted to announce that PMI India represented at the Asia Pac Congress in Melbourne, Australia. It was also the first time that a government official from India presented a paper at a PMI global event. The paper presented by Dr. Ravendra Singh, deputy director general, Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India, was well received.
We're beginning 2010 on a positive note. The signs of an economy on the rise again are getting stronger by the day. We share the optimism of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the Finance Minister, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, and look forward to an exciting year ahead.
Managing Director, PMI India
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