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PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) held a wide variety of events in the past few months. To begin with, the chapter launched the Student Leadership Competency Building (SLCB) 2010 program across 19 institutions. On behalf of the PMI Pearl City Chapter’s board, Mr. Srinivasu Chowta, director, SLCB, conveyed his appreciation to volunteers for their passion and support that made the launch a huge success.
On 26 November, the chapter conducted the last members’ networking meeting for the year 2010 which was attended by 75 members. Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, vice president, Cognizant delivered the keynote address on ‘People Leadership.’ Mr. Chengal Reddy of the Federation of Farmers Association spoke on the modernization techniques used in agriculture. He urged PMIPCC to associate with FFA in helping farmers adopt newer processes and techniques.
The chapter has lined up several events for the next few weeks. On 21 January, the chapter is organizing a networking meeting where Mr. Vittal Anantatmula, management professor, College of Business, Western Carolina University will give a talk on ‘People Management.’ On 3 February, PMIPCC is hosting a conference for students at ShilpakalaVedika, Hyderabad. The event, named Gyan Lahari Student Leadership Conference, is expected to attract around 2,000 students and corporate executives. Delegates from industry, academia, and the government will address students on topics such as ‘Importance of Leadership: How it Helps Students to Prepare for the Future and Excel in Education’, ‘Current Education System and Gaps’, and ‘Role of Industry and Government in Building Industry and Nation-Ready Leaders.’
The chapter is holding a project management awareness session at KNR College of Engineering and Research, Hyderabad. Mr. Sathya Venkatesh, director, PMIPCC will address students on this occasion.
PMIPCC is organizing public workshops on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).Workshops will be held on 22-23 and 29-30 January, 19-20 and 26-27 February, and 19-20 and 26-27 March.
PMI Bangalore Chapter held its Special Annual Members’ Meet on 11 December. Around 50 members attended the meet and ratiﬁed the special resolutions regarding the regularization of the change of address for the chapter ofﬁce.
Members also received an update on chapter activities, especially the overwhelming success of the annual conference held in September and the anniversary of PM Footprints, the experience and knowledge-sharing forum, in October. At the meet, Mr. Murari T., PgMP made a presentation on the program management accreditation process. Mr. Murari, one of the ﬁrst accredited Program Management Professionals (PgMP) from India, shared with the audience the principle and framework for PgMP standards along with the preparatory information required to under take the journey for accreditation.
On 9 December, PM Footprints held its quarterly event, Signature Footprints, which was attended by around 40 practitioners. Mr. Aditya Sondi, advocate, High Court of Karnataka and Supreme Court of India, addressed practitioners and gave insights into arbitration and dispute resolution, their impact on projects, and how project managers need to handle such situations.
Another chapter highlight was the fourth year completion of PM Essence, the monthly newsletter that allows chapter members to write and share their experiences with the community.
On 17 December, in an event conducted at Technopark, PMI Kerala Chapter launched its new online collaboration platform, along with a new initiative on academic partnership. Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, inaugurated the event. In his inaugural speech, Mr. Kalady highlighted the power and potential of online collaboration. Following this was a session by Mr. Brajesh Kaimal, COO, Experion Technologies on collaboration and the philosophy behind going in for a collaboration-based site for the PMI Kerala Chapter.
During the inaugural talk on the academia partnership initiative, Mr. Mervin Alexander, CEO, Technopark stressed the requirement for project management in all areas of society, especially in government projects. In the keynote address at the event, Dr. K. S. Chandrasekhar, director, Institute of Management, Kerala spoke about recent changes affecting the academic sector and listed project management practices that needed to be introduced for young people. Dr. Vikram Kumar B.T., chapter vice chair, proposed a vote of thanks.
Another new initiative introduced by the Kerala Chapter was the Professional Development Day. This initiative provides a
forum for all project managers, including PMI credential holders, to get together and share their experiences. The inauguration of the series was done by Mr. Kalady on 18 December in Trivandrum. After the inauguration, Mr. Manoj Krishna, R&D section manager, Hewlett-Packard conducted a refresher session on the various processes involved in risk management.
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