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Student Outreach, Network Meeting

Mr. Ravi Bommakanti speaking at the network meeting.
PMI Pearl City Chapter started the year with a change in the leadership team. Mr. A. Suresh Chandra, past chapter president, has moved to a PMI global role, and Mr. Srinivas Kopparapu took over as chapter president on 1 January. Elections for the chapter board are due and vacant board positions have to be filled before March end.

The chapter organized a webinar on “Theory of Constraints” by Mr. Harish Honward, PMI Pune Chapter board member, on 13 December. The next webinar is planned in the first week of February. As part of the chapter’s training program, a series of workshops for PMP® aspirants and corporate workshops are on the agenda. The corporate workshops are being conducted in collaboration with corporate houses from various industries. The chapter also conducted a workshop on earned value management and ensuring project success in collaboration with BT & BT Management Consultancy.

PMIPCC has been conducting monthly sessions for the students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal. The session on PMP® certification for the faculty of NIT Warangal was well received. The chapter is pursuing a similar student chapter formation initiative with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad and Koneru Lakshmaiah Colleges, Vijayawada. The chapter is also supporting these institutions to conduct lessons in project management as an elective subject. On 25 January, PMIPCC conducted a network meeting. Dr. Prasad CSRK, head of the department, civil engineering & transport division, NIT Warangal, spoke on “Infrastructure growth – role of educational institutions.” Mr. Ravi Bommakanti, founder and chief consultant, BBITS Consulting, shared insights on “Linking project management to industry domain knowledge.”

PMIPCC presented the chapter updates during the meeting and honored new PMPs. For the first time in the chapter’s history, more than 190 members attended the network meeting.

Light for Education Project

Students of Government High School, Kaggalahalli
with the LED lamps.
For the second successive year, PMI Bangalore Chapter partnered with Rotary Bangalore West, to present battery-operated LED lamps to final year students in rural schools. Launched last year, the program has helped PMI reach out to close to 120 needy students. This year the scale of the program was increased with additional matching grants from Rotary International. The chapter identified Mr. Sumanth Padival, vice president, technologies, to work closely with the program to enhance its success.

Lamps distribution has been going on for the past month and a half. On 15 December, Rotary Bangalore West, in association with Kanakpura Rotary and PMI Bangalore Chapter, extended the coverage of the project to students of Government High School, Kaggalahalli on Kanakpura Road, Bangalore. The school made news last year by becoming the second best school in Kanakapura district in terms of pass percentage at the 10th grade school leaving examination. Thirty needy students preparing for their 10th grade examination received the lamps. Besides Mr. Padival, Mr. Murali Santhanam, secretary & treasurer, and Mr. Amar Bhaskar, advisory board member, PMI Bangalore Chapter participated in the lamp distribution ceremony.

New Board Takes Over
The North India Chapter has a new board now. During recent elections, a couple of board members were re-elected unopposed, for two positions there was a tough contest, and one member was nominated to a position since there were no nominations for that position.

The Amity University faculty training program underway.

The chapter board has created an election nomination committee comprising of the following distinguished professionals: Mr. Tejas Sura, regional mentor, PMI Region 11, and joint managing director, Conart Engineers Limited; Mr. Ramam Atmakuri, winner of PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award, member, PMI Chapter Member Advisory Group, and vice president, Cognizant; and Mr. Brij Nandan Yadava, vice president, DLF Home Developers Ltd. They devoted their personal time and effort to ensure the elections take place in a transparent and fair manner.

The chapter board now comprises of the following: Mr. Manoj Gupta, president; Mr. Pritam Gautam, vice president, technology; Mr. Amit Chauhan, vice president, finance and compliance; Ms. Shalini Lamba, vice president, corporate relations; Mr. Sachin Agarwal, vice president – volunteer management; Ms. Vanita Ahuja, vice president, government relations; and Mr. Hemant Seigall, secretary. Year 2012 was a year of growth for the chapter’s e-magazine, Synergy. The seventh edition was released in December 2012.

The chapter board has launched two programs – Company Connect and Region Connect– to promote PMI’s best project management practices among the various stakeholders and provide additional volunteering opportunities for our chapter members.

The chapter has organized several activities to advocate project management best practices in the region. One such program is the faculty development program. The chapter delivered this program with the help of chapter members and external faculty for Amity University on behalf of PMI India in Noida earlier this month. Amity Academic Staff College, in association with Amity Institute of Information Technology and PMI India, organized a five-day refresher course for project managers. A total of 29 participants from Amity University attended the training. A three-member team with our chapter president delivered the entire training that acquainted the participants with various PMI concepts.

Risk management for 25 PSUs
The chapter also delivered a program on risk management for 34 public sector undertaking (PSU) officials in the Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation from 25 different PSUs. The program also gave them exposure about PMI North India Chapter and its activities and areas of collaboration between PSUs and the chapter. The session was delivered jointly by Mr. Manoj Gupta and Mr. Hemant Siegell.

Learn & Earn Session

Chapter members at the Learn & Earn event.
PMI West Bengal Chapter organized its first Learn & Earn session of the year on 12 January. Ms. Susweta Mukherjee from Tata Consultancy Services was the speaker for the session. She spoke on “Security and business ethics – a part of project management,” a topic relevant in the current unstable global economy and competitive business environment, where there is a tendency to go for immediate short-term gains at the cost of security and ethics. This tendency is also detrimental to society at large in the long run.

Ms. Mukherjee highlighted the intricacies involved in adopting security as a discipline and the ethical challenges involved. While security and ethics as a discipline have their own theories and framework, what came out strongly during the discussion was the “implicit cultural and geographical dimension” behind it. This dimension tends to create its own perception and understanding of security and ethics in different cultural settings. It was a lively session with the active participation of the audience.

The participants took the discussion much beyond the stated time and continued it to the roadside teashop. They reinvented the “adda” (the term used to describe small-talk at street corners) with some professional gyan and made it “Networking Adda.”

100 Monthly Seminars

Board members and chapter members
at the 100th monthly seminar.
PMI Pune Deccan-India Chapter celebrated its 100th monthly seminar on 12 January. This was the 100th consecutive monthly seminar conducted by the chapter, and was attended for over 110 members and non-members.

This chapter began monthly seminars in 2005, and has been running it without a break on the second Saturday of the month for 100 consecutive months. The morning’s proceedings began with vice president, corporate relations, Mr. Rahul Sudame giving an introduction of the chapter’s activities over the past 100 months. This was followed by vice president, programs, Mr. Himanshu Warudkar conducting a quiz on some of the topics covered in the past 100 seminars. Later, speaker of the day, Mr. Girish Kelkar spoke about the direction the chapter will take for the next 100 seminars in terms of topics. He also spoke about the chapter’s focus areas of sustainable development and social sectors.

Some of the chapter’s regular attendees also spoke on their experiences and thanked the current and former chapter leaders for bringing high quality seminars to chapter members month after month. The morning proceedings ended with a networking break and high tea.

The chapter is now looking forward to its annual conference, OnTarget, to be held in February. The theme for the conference is “Sustainable growth through effective project management” and will be attended by business leaders, project managers, and senior leaders in government and professional organizations.

(Chapter news contributed by Mr. Soumen De, Mr. Amitabh Kishore, Mr. Piyush Govil, Mr. Rinoo Rajesh, and Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam)
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