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Dear Practitioners,

After several months of preparation, we’re looking forward to three exciting days in Chennai for the PMI India National Conference 2012. This is our fourth national conference, and each year we have something new to offer. I’m delighted to see the overwhelming response that we have received from the community since we started registration last month. This year, besides an excellent line-up of speakers from industry and government, we have six knowledge formats. Delegates have a lot to choose from—keynotes from thought leaders, case studies by leading public and private sector organizations in the country, panel discussion with business and community leaders, the big debate among experts, technical papers by practitioners, and question and answer sessions.


Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
Our conference theme, "Project Management for Sustainable Competitive Advantage", captures a key concern in industry today. As organizations around the world look for ways to stay relevant and profitable in the current market scenario, they are looking at ways to build a strong competitive advantage that goes beyond the immediate business goals. Organizations today also understand the importance of contributing towards a stronger society and towards achieving our national goals through inclusive growth.

In the current issue of Manage India, we focus on three government and social sector organizations that have made it their motto to create sustainable advantage for the society. The Chennai Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Board launched a successful rainwater harvesting project to solve the city’s water problems. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Sciences in Hyderabad is working towards making the coastal areas in India safer and the lives of fishing communities better. Akshaya Patra Foundation, an initiative by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Bangalore, runs a mid-day meal program in under-privileged schools through which it feeds 1.34 million children a day. The program is not only helping improve nutrition in these children but also contributing towards the nation’s literacy goals as school dropout rates fall because of mid-day meals. Though these organizations are using project management to improve efficiencies, a more focused approach will help them even further.

PMI India had collaborative meetings with non-commercial and commercial Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.) last month. These were highly useful sessions to understand how PMI India could engage with R.E.P.s better. The other important event was the PMI India Champion Program offsite meeting in Kovalam in Kerala. You will find reports on our R.E.P. events and the Champion offsite in this issue. In Techgig webinars, we have completed 16 sessions so far. You can access these sessions on http://www.pmi.org.in/webinars.asp. Subject matter experts from the PMI community, chapter leaders, R.E.P.s, the government, and academia have spoken at these webinars.

The second PMI India Research & Academic Conference is coming up on 31 January to 2 February 2013. Please refer to this link for more details: http://www.pmi.org.in/rac2013/ I look forward to seeing you at the PMI India National Conference 2012. I’m sure the three days will be worth your time.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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