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New Champions Join the Force
PMI India Champions Program is now a strong team of 36 passionate project management professionals. The program recently inducted new champions in two separate launch events conducted in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Mumbai Launch: The champion program launch and the champion induction event in Mumbai were conducted on 19 January at Hyatt Regency. Apart from the newly selected champions, the current champions, members of the Champion Advisory Committee (CAC) from Mumbai, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, PMP, president, PMI Mumbai Chapter, and Mr. Saurabh Parikh, PMP, vice president - certification training, PMI Mumbai Chapter, attended the event. The induction program was conducted for 14 newly selected champions.

The event kick-started with an inaugural address by Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India. After the champions and CAC members introduced themselves, Ms. Leena Gupte, PMP, provided an overview of PMI India. Mr. Ketharinath Kamalanathan, PMP, chair, CAC gave a detailed overview of the Champions program. Mr. Gupta spoke about how this program can connect with Mumbai chapter’s advocacy initiatives. The program closed with a team-building exercise that helped the team get introduced and bond together.

Bangalore Launch: After Mumbai, the PMI Champions program core team moved to Bangalore to welcome the newly selected champions from the region at Le Meridien, Bangalore on 9 February. At this event, 12 new selected champions and CAC members were inducted into the program.

PMI Bangalore Chapter executive committee members – Mr. BG Jayaram, PMP, president, Mr. Sumanth Padival, vice president, technology, and Mr. Vaidyanathan Prabhu, director, corporate relationship – welcomed the new champions, along with the current champions and CAC members from Bangalore.

Ms. Gupte set the session off by introducing PMI India to the new champions. Post the self-introduction by the champions, it was time for Mr. Kamalanathan to outline the program’s objectives and detailed approach. Ms. Shagufta Inamdar, PMP, member, CAC, from Bangalore gave her perspectives on the role of a champion. Mr. Jayaram also addressed the audience and extended the chapter’s support for the champion program.

Champion of the Quarter Q4 2012: PMI India has named the following champions as the “Champion of the Quarter Award” for Q4 (Oct – Dec, 2012):

Mr. Chetan Mathur, project delivery manager, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. B. Sai Prasad, senior manager, learning and development, Cognizant Technology Solutions, and Mr. Visukumar Gopal, practice manager, CEO’s office, Syntel Ltd. The winners have demonstrated exceptional and continual effort in building awareness about PMI, PMI credentials, PMI standards and publications, among other areas.

The Champion team with PMI staff

(This update was contributed by PMI India Champions Mr. Chetan Mathur, PMP, and Mr. Kumar Saurabh, PMP)
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