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PMI Hosts First Research and Academic Conference in Pune
In December, PMI India conducted the first research and academic conference at the National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune. The conference held on 9-10 December provided a common platform for scholars, senior practitioners, and students in the field of project management and allied disciplines to discuss and share new ideas. Technical papers, research papers, and new findings in project management were presented and discussed. The conference also commemorated noted academicians for outstanding contributions to the field of project managementrelated education and research.

Dr. Mangesh G. Korgaonker, Mr. K. B. Dixit, Dr. Kamal Sharma and Mr. Raj Kalady during the inaugural session.

A section of the delegates at the conference.

PMI Academic Advisory Group members with award recipients.
The theme for the conference was “Getting India Ready in a Project Driven Economy - Role of Academia.” Mr. K.B. Dixit, executive director (Engineering & Procurement), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) was the guest of honor and Dr. Kamal Sharma, managing director, Lupin Ltd. was the chief guest.

In his address, Dr. Sharma emphasized the need for project management in a growing economy like India which is still striving to keep up with its growth objectives. Dr. Sharma spoke on how the drivers of the economy have evolved from being product-based to being process-based. He also voiced concern on the shortage of qualified project managers in India. Mr. Dixit spoke on the effectiveness of project management as a tool in developing and maintaining infrastructure across all sectors such as power, roads, ports and IT. He stressed the need to design academic curriculum to gear up to this requirement.

Eminent speakers, who delivered the theme addresses, were Dr. Mangesh Korgaonker, director general, NICMAR; Mr. K.S Ajay Shankar, PMO head, Land Rover Jaguar Project, Tata Technologies, Pune; and Mr. Cherian Thomas, chief operations officer, IDFC Foundation. Dr. Arun Nigvekar, ex-chair, UGC, delivered the valedictory address.

Other prominent speakers during the two-day event were Dr. Shankar Sankaran, director, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Prof. Nagadevara, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; Prof. S. D. Kshirsagar, S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai; Dr. Anil Sawhney, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; and Prof. Goutam Dutta, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

PMI India presented the PMI Academic Awards to academicians for their exceptional contributions in promoting project management education in India. Dr. Vrajlal Sapovadia, director, National Insurance Academy, gave away the awards. Dr. Mangesh Korgaonker received the PMI India Distinguished Fellow Award for his exceptional and outstanding leadership level contribution in the field of education, training, research, consultancy, institution-building, industryinstitute linkages, and advocacy. Dr. K. N. Satyanarayana and Dr. V. Nagadevara were awarded the PMI India Distinguished Scholar Award for their significant contributions to project management education training, research, and consultancy.

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