Project management is receiving greater acceptance across industries in India. An emerging market like India has a lot to gain by adopting project management as an indispensable part of organizations. To achieve this objective, PMI India has launched an innovative initiative—PMI India Champion Program. The program’s charter is to provide more volunteering opportunities for members of the PMI community, identify and develop passionate project management professionals as champions of PMI, and work with these professionals to garner support, visibility, and space for project management in their respective organizations. We have formed the Champion Advisory Committee, which comprises of senior member volunteers of PMI in India to govern and oversee the program, and ensure its success.
Managing Director, PMI India
Compared to mature markets, there is a significant gap between available and required project management talent in India. Organizations find that engineers and MBA-holders do not make the cut when it comes to project management skills. There is now a growing need for academic institutes to design programs to meet industry’s demands. PMI India has collaborated with Larsen & Toubro, one of India’s largest and most respectable private sector organizations to launch “Project Connect” initiative. Through this initiative, PMI and L&T Institute of Project Management (L&T IPM) intend to encourage project management education in academia, facilitating students to obtain global credentials and introduce basic project management principles in the course curriculum. We organized a “Train the Trainer” workshop in BVM Engineering College in Vallabhvidyanagar, Gujarat, to help engineering college teachers to learn about project management. Similar programs in other institutes are on the anvil.
We have been taking part in interesting forums, like the National Education Summit in New Delhi on 11 June, through which we reached out to heads of several premier educational institutes; a Human Resource (HR) conference in Mumbai in which around 100 senior HR professionals had participated; and an online chat organized by Timesjobs.com. In the chat session, Mr. Craig Killough, vice president, organization markets, PMI, highlighted the benefits of making a career in project management. Nearly 3,500 people participated in it.
Our chapters have been organizing highly successful events. I’d specially like to mention about the one-day conference by PMI Kerala Chapter on 11 June that was wonderfully organized.
Preparations for the third PMI India National Conference on 8–10 September in Bangalore are in full swing. We have received an overwhelming response for technical paper submissions and award nominations. I urge you to check our website regularly for updates. We’re carrying an interview with Conference PMO Head Venkataraman S. Subramanian in this issue on what you can expect on those three days.
Managing Director, PMI India