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PMI Automotive Conference

Panelists at the PMI Automotive Conference in Pune, organized in association with the Society of Automotive Engineers India, western section. Left to Right – Dr.KC Vora (panel moderator), Mr.Sujan Roy, Mr.Shekhar Paranjape, and Mr.Viresh Shah in the panel discussion.

PMI India organized the second annual PMI Automotive Conference on 8 December in Pune, with the support of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) India, western section. Nine experts spoke at the one-day conference that saw the participation of 61 delegates.

The automotive companies that took part in the event were AMW, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Bajaj Auto, Dana Corp., Eaton, Foton, General Motors, John Deere, and three group companies of Mahindra & Mahindra. Mr. Girish Kadam, president, PMI Pune Chapter, gave the welcome address, followed by the keynote address by Dr. Arun Jaura, vice president - technology, Eaton. Dr. Jaura provided several examples of project management practices in the industry in his presentation. Mr. Shrikant R. Marathe, president, SAE India, chairman, SAE India western section, and director, ARAI, inaugurated the conference and addressed the delegates.

In the second session, Mr. Atul Karkhanis, general manager, Mahindra & Mahindra, made a presentation on “Power of project management - component development through project management approach.” Next was a presentation by Mr. Sujan Roy, head - marketing service and product planning, Tata Motors, on “Risk management best practice in mobility industry.”

There was a panel discussion on “Fostering innovation while developing new products in the mobility sector.”The panelists were Mr. Sujan Roy; Dr. Kamal C. Vora, deputy director, ARAI; Mr. Shekhar Pranjpe, general manager, Mahindra Navistar Ltd., and Mr. Viresh Shah, country head – IT, Dana Corp. It was followed by a talk by Mr. Vishwanathan Subramaniam, general manager, Bajaj Auto, on “Challenges in concurrent engineering from project manager’s perspective.” PMI conducted a quiz competition among the delegates on project management in the automobile sector. Four winners received books on project management as prizes.

The joint efforts of the PMI Pune Chapter, SAE India western section, and the PMI volunteer team of Mr. Abhishek Iyer, Mr. Jay Dholakia, Mr. Parvez Alam, Mr. Rajan Anantarajan, and Mr. Vivek Sonar turned the event into a great success.

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