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The PMI Mumbai Chapter, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering (MPSTME) branch honored the fi rst batch of students who attained the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certificate from PMI on 31 July.


The function was graced by dignitaries like Mr. Uday Yedur from Bangalore (Head —Academic Relations & Infrastructure Markets at PMI), Mr. Saurabh Parikh (VP Branches at PMI Mumbai Chapter) and Mr. Rakesh Gupta (VP Volunteer Development at PMI Mumbai Chapter).


Mr. Yedur, who gave away the certificates to the successful candidates, emphasized the importance of project management and the need for supporting PMI in India, citing India’s power as a growing economy.


Mr. Rakesh Gupta complimented the committee for bringing to fruition his idea of conducting this event. Mr. Parikh had words of encouragement for the awardees. He also invited members of the committee to volunteer for PMI work, as it would help to hone their project management skills and get them valuable first-hand exposure. A presentation gave the guests a rundown of the events at the branch, and the future course of action planned.


All the dignitaries acknowledged the efforts of the faculty-in-charge Prof. V. Seshadri and mentor Mr. Karan Jain in nurturing the PMI student branch of the college. The dignitaries participated in a cake-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion, and spent some time interacting with the students. The students who had attained certification readily interacted with future candidates, answering their queries.


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The Project Management Institute (PMI) has instituted an Endowment Fund for Project Management Promotion at the National Institute of Construction Management & Research (NICMAR), Pune.

This provides for a student scholarship to reward meritorious students from NICMAR. While the corpus and interest generated from it will support the scholarship scheme for a period of five years, the amount remaining at the end of the fifth year may be used to purchase books on project management for the NICMAR library.


The selection criteria for the Best Student Award in Project Management are as follows: the Topper and Runner-up will be selected from the top 10 rank holders of the full-time post-graduate courses every year; the top student should have received the highest rank in the first year and scored a minimum of 85 percent in the Project Management subject.


The winners of the scholarship for 2009-10 were felicitated at NICMAR recently. Ms. R. Sandhiya was presented the Best Student Award in Project Management, getting a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh from the chief guest, Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI-India. Ms. Pooja Agarwalla, the first runner-up was awarded Rs. 25,000 by Prof. Mangesh Korgaonker, the director general of NICMAR. Dr. Anil Agarwal, dean of the Post-Graduate Program was also present.


The first Cloud Computing Project Management Conference in India was organized in Bangalore on 7 August. With India Inc already having proved its ability in the Global Delivery Model, the need of the hour is to build best-in-class capabilities to successfully deliver different types of cloud projects to global customers. In this context, project management is being seen as the game changer that can help deliver better, faster and cheaper cloud computing services. The Conference centered round the theme ‘Journey to Transform India into a Global Leader in Cloud Computing by Leveraging Project Management’, and had three round table discussions on ‘New Products and Technology’, ‘Cloud Computing-Enabled IT Services’, and ‘Infrastructure and Application Platforms Set Up for Cloud Computing’. Each round table discussed project management best practices, lessons learnt and impact on the global delivery model vis-à-vis the topic under discussion.


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