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Dear Practitioners,

PMI India launched 2013 with a bang – the second edition of the annual Project Management Research & Academic Conference was a perfect start to the year. The conference, held in the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras from 31 January to 2 February, received an overwhelming response from academia and industry. Academicians from some of the country’s most premier institutes spoke about project management education in the country and the direction it should take.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
The Government of India has identified e-governance as a key route to improve the ‘government to consumer’ experience. PMI India has been advocating the use of project management to improve the effectiveness of e-governance initiatives. We recently published a report, “Project management roadmap for successful implementation of e-district projects,” to study the use of project management in one such major government initiative. The report, brought out in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, studied the benefits that can be accrued by using modern project management practices in e-governance initiatives, and what action needs to be taken for such projects in the future. The report can be downloaded from this link: http://www.pmi.org.in/downloads/PMI_FICCI_West_Bengal_2012.pdf

A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition, is now available. This edition has an additional knowledge area: Project Stakeholder Management is the 10th knowledge area identified. We have also launched The Standard for Program Management—Third Edition and The Standard for Portfolio Management—Third Edition. For more information, refer to http://www.pmi.org/GLOBALS/StandardsUpdate.aspx?WT.mc_id=www.pmi.org/standardsupdate

As you already know, the fifth PMI India Project Management National Conference will be held in Delhi. The conference will be held on 27-28 September 2013, with the host chapter being the PMI North India Chapter. Do keep a watch on the announcements for the submission of technical papers and awards nominations.

We are observing International Women’s Day on 8 March with a special issue on women in project management. Every year thousands of young women graduate with dreams in their eyes of a successful career ahead. But their careers are often cut short because of work-life pressures and very few manage to reach leadership roles. Organizations are pushing for more gender diversity at the workplace but clearly more needs to be done. In this issue of Manage India, we present the stories of successful women professionals who have managed to strike that balance and rise in their career. We hope our readers will find something inspiring and useful in each of these stories.

Let’s take a pledge on this occasion to do our bit to provide women equal opportunity to participate and contribute towards our country’s progress.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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