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India is a country with phenomenal potential, a strong economy, a huge talent pool, and a can-do spirit. The journey so far has been slow and steady but to win the race, India has to quicken its pace. Speakers at the PMI India Project Management Conference in Mumbai delved into the country’s need to transform to triumph. The conference theme, Leveraging project management for excellence, growth and transformation, formed the backdrop for discussions on how project management could provide India the answers.


Over 700 delegates attended the second, annual conference by PMI India on 19-21 November. The conference had over 40 speakers, a CXO panel discussion, four parallel tracks of technical paper presentations over two days, and an award presentation ceremony. This year PMI received 33 percent more submissions for technical papers than last year. Engineers India Limited (EIL) received the PMI India Best Project of the Year Award 2010 for the Bina Refinery project for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited in Madhya Pradesh. Synergy Telecommunications won the runner-up award for its turnkey rollout of telecom cell sites project. The PMI India Award for Contribution to Community went to the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development for a widow rehabilitation project in Gujarat. The runner-up was Helptolive for Saivite School, a project for socially disadvantaged children. HSBC won the Jury’s Award for its ‘Collections transformation project’.


The inaugural session also saw the release of the PMI-FICCI report on ‘Project management in India: insights from six key sectors’.

The significance of project management for organizations in India is higher now than ever before. Mr. Girish Kelkar, president, PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter said in his welcome address, “We’ve seen some growth and now we need transformation. All of us as project managers need to contribute to the country’s growth and development. When I take a flight to Mumbai, I’m sure there are no surprises in store and that I will land in Mumbai. Similarly, we as project managers are in the cockpit and must ensure that our projects safe-land.”

Mr. Gregory Balestrero, CEO Emeritus, PMI reinforced the need for ordinary people to rise to the occasion, and confront and alleviate the pains that the world faces today. He made an inspiring presentation on how sustainable projects around the world bring hope for a cleaner and safer tomorrow. He said there were hope stories all around us—whether it’s the rescue operation of Chilean miners, cleaning the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or the local community in Rajasthan urging Coca Cola to reduce the amount of water they use in making Coke. “These are ordinary people like us performing extraordinary tasks; they give us hope. India has a promising future. India has brought more people out of poverty than any other country. Project managers can contribute (to the growth story) by delivering projects on time, within budget, within the scope,” he said.


The other speakers at the inaugural session included chief guest K. Venkataramanan, president-Engineering and Construction Projects, and whole-time director, Larsen & Toubro Ltd.; Vijay Prasad, member, Board of Directors, PMI; Sanjay Manchanda, director, Microsoft-Business Division, India; and Tejas Sura, conference vice-chair and president, PMI Mumbai Chapter.


The conference was organized by volunteers from PMI chapters, with assistance from the conference committee. The committee comprised presidents of the seven PMI chapters, V.Srinivasa Rao, chair, PMI Team India and Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India. There were seven teams of volunteers that worked with the conference Project Management Office team.


The conference was co-hosted by PMI Mumbai Chapter and PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter. The event was sponsored by Microsoft (Platinum Sponsor), Oracle Primavera (Gold Sponsor), Sabcons, and ESI. Business India and CNBC-TV 18 were the media partners.


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