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Dear Practitioners,

This year has begun on a wonderful note for us at PMI India. We have seen a slew of highly successful events being organized by PMI and the chapters across the country. Now we are also seeing significant progress for programs that we launched last year.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
We held an item writing event in Chennai in February in which close to 100 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from across India took part. The three-day workshop was part of a unique program that PMI runs to make examination questions relevant, current, and globally applicable. SMEs were invited to write questions (also called items) and review questions drawn up in such workshops elsewhere in the world. Our exam content team travels around the world for these workshops. This was the second time that project managers from India took part in this volunteer exercise.

Tamil Nadu conducted its first state conference on project management in Chennai. It was a well-attended conference with an exciting run-up of speakers and lively discussions. The chapter displayed excellent planning and execution skills and volunteer participation during the conference. We now look forward to Chennai Chapter hosting the PMI India National Conference. Please mark 28-30 September 2012 in your calendar for the national conference. We will keep updating you about the conference through our Web site.

The PMI India Champion Program has added a new dimension to our initiatives to create awareness about project management in the country. Several volunteers have come forward to join the program and are helping us take our message to organizations across sectors. After the success in Bangalore and Chennai, we have now launched the program in Delhi. In case you want to take part in the PMI India Champion Program or want to know more about it, refer to a report that we are carrying in this issue of Manage India.

PMI has come out with the exposure draft of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. It will be available for standard development till March 20. I invite you to take part in it.

PMI has launched a new initiative, the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS). VRMS will give a boost to volunteerism. Volunteers, who are keen to provide PMI their services but do not know how to go about it or what opportunity to tap into, can now easily do so. You will find a detailed announcement on an inside page.

I look forward to your continued support as volunteers and partners to spread the word of project management in the country. We have had an exciting journey so far, and I'm sure it will only get better in the months ahead.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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