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Dear Practitioners,

As we step into 2012, I would like to wish you, your family, and colleagues a very Happy New Year. Let this New Year be one of new hopes and dreams for you at work and home. We, at PMI India, are starting 2012 with a sense of rejuvenation, being energized by the success of the year gone by and the promise that the New Year holds.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
It has been our concerted effort to take along the needs and aspirations of the practitioner community in all our initiatives. I’m encouraged by the response that our programs have drawn from the community. It’s important to highlight some of these successes and let our future programs be inspired and guided by the underlying principles that made these achievements possible.

The PMI India National Project Management conference in September 2011 surpassed our earlier expectations in terms of the quality and variety of speakers, volunteer involvement, and delegate participation. It has set a new benchmark for all future events.

The first research and academic conference in Pune in December received an overwhelming response. The theme for the conference, “Getting India Ready in a Project Driven Economy – Role of Academia,” set the stage for discussions on building and sustaining a large talent pool in the country for the future. Congratulations to the winner of the PMI India Fellow Award, Dr. Mangesh Korgaonker, director general, National Institute of Construction Management and Research. My heartiest congratulations also go to winners of the PMI India Research Scholar Awards—Prof. Vishnuprasad Nagadevara from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; and Dr. K.N. Satyanarayana, professor, Building Technology & Construction Management Division, Department of Civil Engineering, and chairman, Engineering Unit, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Two of our initiatives that have been highly successful are PMI India Champion Program and Project Connect. The Champion Program is aimed at enhancing and supporting project management advocacy and outreach efforts across organizations and has attracted 20 professionals, and the number is growing. They are our new project management brand ambassadors for their industry. Under Project Connect, we have been regularly reaching out to engineering and management institutes in the country with the aim of training faculty and developing courseware on project management.

PMI honored PMI Mumbai Chapter and PMI Pearl City Chapter (PCC), for excellence in project management advocacy and volunteering efforts. I congratulate Mr. Rakesh Gupta, president, Mumbai Chapter, and Mr. Suresh Chandra, president, PMIPCC, for their leadership.

Another person who needs a special mention is Regional Mentor, Mr. Ramam Atmakuri. He has been instrumental in holding two very successful Regional 11 meetings. His spirit of volunteerism is unmatched. We’re excited about Mr. Tejas Sura having taken over the mantel from Mr. Atmakuri, and I am confident that he will raise the bar even further and make the region shine the world over.

In 2011, we received excellent support from the media and look forward to a continuation of that in the year ahead. I also look forward to the support of our community of Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) as we work toward making project management indispensable for the country.

Here is wishing all of you an exciting year of successful project execution in 2012.

Best regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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