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Dear Practitioners,

Over the past few months, PMI India has strengthened its practitioner engagement initiatives with a series of new programs. I’m delighted to see the enthusiastic response from the community to these new programs.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
The latest is our collaborative effort with www.techgig.com, a portal dedicated to the technology community in India. We launched “Leadership in Project Management - a webinar series” in April with leaders from the PMI India community, such as Mr. V Srinivasa Rao, past president, PMI Pearl City Chapter and senior vice president, Mahindra Satyam; Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, member, Chapter Member Advisory Group, and vice president, Cognizant Technology Solutions; and Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy, president, PMI Chennai Chapter, and founder and principal consultant, KeyResultz Ventures, speaking on topics of current interest. We are presenting around 24 project management related webinars on techgig.com. I’m confident that the year-long webinar series with an impressive line-up of speakers from the community will provide a great opportunity for project practitioners to gain knowledge on diverse topics within the project management domain.

The PMI India Awards 2012 nominations are open. This year we have introduced a new category for SME. We will have Project of the Year award now in three subcategories, depending on the length of the project duration. I encourage you to visit our conference microsite, http://www.pmi.org.in/conference2012/awards.asp, to submit nominations.

The second PMI India Research & Academic Conference will be held from 31 January to 2 February at the campus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. The theme of the conference is “Successful Project Management for “Advantage India” – Role of PM Education & Research”. Block your dates for the conference.

I take this opportunity to convey my hearty congratulations to the founders, leaders, and members of the PMI Pearl City Chapter that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The chapter commemorated this occasion with a highly successful conference. The Special Recognition Awards that went out to the Indian School of Business, the GMR Group, and GVK Emergency Management Research Institute were richly deserved. We also had the fourth round of the “Project Management in Cloud Computing” series in Hyderabad on 13 April, which served as a curtain-raiser to the conference and attracted over 200 participants.

The Hindi version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fourth Edition is now available for purchase. Please visit http://www.pmi.org.in/pmbok-hindi/ for more details.

Project management teaches us to be in touch with reality and adapt our skills to today’s needs. A hot button issue in recent years has been the impact of development on the natural environment. As project managers, it is our responsibility to carry forward our organization’s business objectives and honor our commitment towards our country and society. How do project managers strike this balance? We are observing World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June, with this issue of Manage India focused on our commitment to the environment. I hope you find this issue thought-provoking and useful.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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