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Outreach Program, Practitioner Conference
PMI India Bangalore Chapter visited GE’s John F Welch Technology Center and made a presentation on the importance of PMP® certification and how the chapter helps project managers in their endeavor to get certified. The visit was in response to GE Power Division’s interest in getting its project managers PMP® certified.

The chapter continued its association with the Light for Education program of Rotary Bangalore West. Chapter officials participated in a program to distribute solar lamps to final year students of Yeliyur Government School in Bangalore. The chapter also participated in the inauguration of a UPS powered educational video system to help students acquire additional skills through audiovisual techniques.

In the first volunteer meeting, over 30 enthusiastic members expressed their interest to participate in volunteer activities. Senior chapter member, Mr. Amar Bhaskar, spoke on “Leadership through Volunteering” on this occasion.

The chapter held its seventh Project Management Practitioners Conference (PMPC 2012) on 14-15 September. The theme for this year was “Architecting Project Management—Emerging Trends”. The conference had seven distinguished personalities as keynote speakers. The pre-conference activities on 30 September were the fourth annual session of PM Primer – A project management orientation session for colleges, a special session on “Applying TRIZ Innovation Concept to Project Management”, and a special session on “Achieving High Performance Using Critical Chain for Project Management.”

10 Years and Going Strong

PMI India Chennai Chapter board members
with the team of volunteers
Completing 10 years is a great achievement for any organization. PMI Chennai Chapter celebrated its 10th anniversary with an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 19 August. The AGM provided the chapter an opportunity to review the achievements of the chapter through the years, honor past board members and volunteers, provide members an update on the upcoming PMI India National Conference in Chennai, and strategize for the forthcoming year.

Mr. Subbiah Vallinayagam, chapter secretary, presented the key chapter achievements over the past year. These are:

The chief guest was Mr. K Rajaraman, IAS, managing director, CMRL. CMRL is one of Chennai’s largest projects, worth Rs. 14,600 crore. He spoke about his experiences in managing the huge challenges that projects of this stature face and the strategies the organization has adopted to counter those.

Mr. Karthik Ramamurthy, president, Chennai Chapter, highlighted eight points of progress, which together forms the anagram, “Vibrancy”. He said, “The key points are: volunteers are the key to our success, impressive strides in training, bright performance in membership, record growth in financial strength, achieving strong with programs, nimble advances in advocacy and outreach, communicating consistently and coherently, and yet, we will not rest on our oars!”

The chapter honored late academician Prof. T Subramanian with the “Best Faculty of the Year” award. The award for “Volunteer of the Year” went to Mr. Lakshmi Varagan Desigan.

Awareness-Building in Youngsters

The Gyan Lahiri event at Jnana Probodhini in Harali village, Solapur
Mr. Harish Honwad, vice president-initiatives, PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter, spoke at the NBN Sinhagad Institute on 1 August. He was invited as the chief guest for the institute’s HR-Interact session in which students learnt about the industry-academia gap and what should fresh graduates expect when they move into the industry. He addressed a similar audience during the HR Interact meeting at DY Patil Institute of MCA (Master of Computer Applications) on August 4.

The chapter organized a Gyan Lahari event, an initiative to build leadership competencies among school students, in Solapur, Maharashtra on 18 August. It was the first time that this student focused initiative was conducted in Marathi. The event was held in Harali, a village near Solapur that was devastated during the 1993 earthquake in Latur. The village has since seen transformation due to the efforts of local social organizations. Gyan Lahari was held at Jnana Probodhini, a school rebuilt by social organizations. The event was organized with the help of well-known social worker, Mr. Anna Tamhankar and his team, who have done a lot of work in this region. The speakers at the event were Ms. Swarnalata Bhishikar, professor, University of Poona, Mr. Girish Kelkar, president, Pune Chapter, and Mr. Harish Honwad.

There were video presentations, games, and crossword competitions to keep the children engaged throughout the event. The loudest cheers were, however, reserved for a game of musical chair for teachers. The day ended with a prize distribution for the day’s winners. The chapter acknowledges the support of Mr. Anna Tamhankar, Ms. Swarnalata Bhishikar, Mr. Jitendra Walimbe, Mr. Jay Dholakia, and the PMI team who helped put this event together.

PMI Pune Deccan-India Chapter conducted its 95th monthly seminar on 12 August. There were two talks on this occasion: by Mr. Avinash Sethi from Sapience, and by Ms. Sunanda Tilloo and Ms. Sanjivani Hingne from Swadhar, a social organization.

Learn & Earn Series

Members at the PMI India West Bengal Chapter’s annual general meeting in September
PMI West Bengal Chapter conducted a discussion on “Changing Times and Resourcing” as a part of its Learn & Earn series on 28 July. The session attracted 30 participants from corporate houses such as IBM, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services, Idea Cellular, LabVantage Solutions, Lafarge India, and Barclays Natural Resource Investments. The speaker for the event was Mr. Prakash Nahata, CEO, Anthroplace Consulting, who spoke about conceptualizing and implementing business processes, acquiring clients, delivery, and team-building. Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya, chapter president, and Mr. Debasis Saha, chapter director - membership & professional development, also spoke at the meeting.

The chapter organized its first AGM on 1 September. It provided members a forum to interact with the board on the chapter’s ongoing activities, strategic initiatives, upcoming events, and volunteering opportunities. A number of suggestions came up on expanding the chapter’s presence in the region and driving its various initiatives. It was also a time to look back at the journey so far and exchange thoughts and ideas.

Learning and Networking Opportunities
PMI India Pearl City Chapter has organized its first members’ network meeting of this financial year on 18 May with a stimulating talk by Dr. Santanu Paul, managing director and CEO, TalentSprint, on “From Part-brained Project Managers to Whole-brained Project Leaders!” More than 140 members participated in it. As a part of the “Ask the Leader” series, an interactive session was held in the same meeting with Mr. Siva Nuti, COO, GSS Infotech, on “IT Program Management Challenges and Tips.”

The second members’ network meeting was conducted on 10 August. Guest speaker, Mr. Mohan Patnaik, executive director-consulting, Cognizant Technology Solutions, presented on, “Leading Change - How Do You Respond and Absorb it Effectively While Working in Challenging Project Environments?” The chapter presented newly certified Project Management Professionals (PMP)® and PMI Agile Certified Practitioners (PMI-ACP)® with appreciation certificates, and recognized active volunteers.

Dr. Santanu Paul felicitating a chapter member for receiving PMP® certification

Members taking part in a workshop on ‘Crafting High Performance Teams through Leadership’
The chapter held two webinars: on “Positive Risk: Is it for Real?” by Mr. R. Kannan, director – technology, PMIPCC, and on “Project Management: A PM Perspective” by Mr. A. Suresh, president, PMIPCC.

The second workshop in the “Igniting Spirit of Success” series was held on 16 June. In this series, launched in 2011, business leaders and leadership mentors hold interactive sessions with members. The recent half-day workshop was conducted exclusively for chapter members by Mr. Abhirama Krishna, director, South State Business School, on “Crafting High Performance Teams through Leadership.” He addressed a follow-up session in July.

The chapter conducted the half-yearly member satisfaction surveys in October 2011 and May 2012. The recent survey has captured member expectations for the next two years. The summary report of the survey is available on the chapter website and through email.

On 29 June, PMIPCC called for its annual general body meeting. The chapter shared with members its 10-year journey, the recently concluded board election process, the financial report for FY11-12, and the roadmap for future activities. Sponsors and contributors for trainings and workshops on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) were felicitated.

The chapter organizes cluster meetings in which organizations share best practices for the benefit of practitioners. An inter-cluster meet was conducted at the premises of the pharmaceutical company, Dr. Reddy’s, on 8 June. The chapter has active clusters at IBM, Value Labs, and Ness Technologies. The recently set up clusters are at CSC, Dr Reddy’s, Virtusa, Verizon, and Capgemini.

Management Institute Hosts Meet
PMI North India Chapter recently organized an event on project management for the MBA students and faculty members of Asia Pacific Institute of Management (AIM) in Delhi on 1 September. This was followed by a five hour knowledge-sharing chapter event at AIM for chapter members and corporates on “Structuring Projects to Ensure Success”. The event was sponsored by AIM and was publicized in the institute’s corporate circle through mass mailing, roadside banners, posters, and media coverage.

Panelists at the session on project management for students and teachers of Asia Pacific Institute of Management (AIM)

The packed house for the seminar on project management at AIM in New Delhi
In the morning session for students, Mr. Deepak Mehtani, deputy director, Unlimited Innovations Inc., and Mr. Kumar Saurabh, senior manager, Samsung Engineering, spoke. Mr. Mehtani gave an overview of project management and project structure, while Mr. Saurabh spoke about the importance and relevance of the project execution plan.

The chapter program was inaugurated by Mr. A.K. Shrivastava, chairman, AIM, along with PMI North India chapter president, Mr. Manoj K Gupta. Institute director Dr. D. K Batra gave the welcome speech, followed by a detailed presentation on infrastructure and services at AIM by the institute’s dean, Prof. B. D. Singh. Mr. Gupta gave a presentation on North India Chapter, its mandate, an update on the chapter’s work in the past 2-3 years, new initiatives, and upcoming events.

Nearly 200 guests from industry, government, and former and present chapter members attended the session. The speakers were Ms. Shalini Lamba, independent project management consultant, on project risk management, especially in healthcare; Mr. Asim Prasad, chief manager, GAIL India Ltd., on cash flow management in large infrastructure projects; Mr. Chetan Mathur, project delivery manager, Nokia Siemens Networks, on the amalgamation of project management and business analysis; and Prof. Vivek Kumar, professor - operations management, AIM, on the public-private-partnership model and project management associated with such projects.

The program was managed by Mr. Piyush Govil, vice president, communications, PMI North India Chapter, with the support of Mr. Pritam Dutt, vice president, technology, and Ms. Sarita Talwar, vice president, membership. Six chapter volunteers managed the registration desk.

We thank chapter volunteers Ms. Srividhya Ramesh, Ms. A. Lavanya, Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, Mr. Piyush Govil, Mr. Ashutosh Nadkarni, Mr. Soumen De, and Mr. Amitabh Kishore for this compilation.

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