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Mr. S N Subrahmanyan, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Dr. Srinivasan Sunderrajan, Dr. Karuna Jain, Mr. Raj Kalady, and Dr. LS Ganesh during the conference

A large number of students at the conference
Academicians, senior practitioners, and students attended the three-day Research & Academic Conference on Project Management 2013. This was the second edition of the conference conducted by PMI India. The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras was the host institute.

The conference theme “Successful Project Management for Advantage India” formed the backdrop to discuss the role of project management education and research in the nation’s progress. Experts discussed the values of a projectized work culture and the need to produce more project managers to execute projects on time and within budget. The onus is partly on educational institutes to bridge the gaps in capabilities, competencies, knowledge base, and expert talent in the field of project management. The conference drew an enthusiastic response from the education fraternity and offered an opportunity to project management academicians and students across India to come together, gain knowledge, and share experiences.

Dancers performing during the awards ceremony
Mr. S. Kanappan, executive vice president and chief executive, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Geo Structure, delivered the presidential address, followed by the inaugural address by Dr. Srinivasan Sundarrajan, director, National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli. Eminent academicians and senior project practitioners who spoke during the conference were Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras; Dr. Karuna Jain, IIT Bombay; Prof. Gopalaswamy Ramesh, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore; Dr. L.S Ganesh, IIT Madras; Dr. K. N. Satyanarayana, IIT Madras; Dr. Kaye Remington, author, “Leading Complex Projects”; Dr. Girija Vaidyanathan, former bureaucrat; Prof. V.R. Muraleedharan, healthcare expert; Dr. M Ramamohan Rao, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; Prof. Kandaswamy Bharathan, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Mr. Vikas Grover, senior vice president, technology planning, Vodafone; and Mr. K. Ananth Krishnan, Tata Consultancy Services.

The conference began with workshops on “Resource Scheduling Heuristics” by Dr. C. Rajendran, department of management studies, IIT Madras, and “Simulation Tools for Teaching Project Management” by Prof. A. Shtub, professor of project management, industrial engineering and management, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, via video conferencing, and Dr. M. Suresh, faculty member, L&T Institute of Project Management, Vadodra, Gujarat.

Award winners at the conference

Dr. Rammohan Rao, Prof. Krishna Moorthy, Prof. G. Krishnamurthi, and Prof. Raj Ponnuruli held discussion on the challenges that face project management education. A panel of distinguished academicians and industry experts such as Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam, Dr. Kaye Remington, N. Raghavan, and Dr. Ajay Pradhan discussed how to manage complex infrastructure projects.

There were a series of technical paper presentations on themes such as IT project processes and methodologies, construction and infrastructure projects, project management methodologies, and agile project management methodologies. There were separate tracks for paper presentations by students.

PMI India honored distinguished academicians and scholars for their contribution to the field of project management. Dr. R Mahadevan, whole-time director, India Pistons, presided over the awards ceremony. Dr. Koshy Varghese, Ph.D., professor, IIT Madras is the winner of the Distinguished Scholar Award 2012; Dr. L. Boeing Singh, Ph.D. assistant professor, IIT Guwahati won the Young Research Scholar Award.

Upcoming Pharma Conference
PMI India is partnering with CPhI Conferences to organize the first Pharma Project Management Conference on 8-10 May in Mumbai. The two-day conference will discuss the use of project management to meet the pharma industry’s cost, time, and quality challenges. Leaders from Indian healthcare and pharma companies will provide perspectives on the role of project management in the industry. For more on the conference and to register, refer to http://www.pharmaprojectmanagement.com/Home.aspx

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