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Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
Dear Practitioners,

June is an exciting month for PMI India with two regional conferences within a space of two weeks. The PMI Kerala Chapter conference was held on 8 June and the Chennai conference is scheduled for 22-23 June. The theme for the Kerala conference was "Project Management - a Catalyst for Success" in which several experts from government, academia, and the private sector spoke. The Chennai conference theme is "Deliver True Value with Effective Project Management." The Chennai Chapter used a novel approach to select the theme. It invited feedback on proposed themes, and this theme emerged the winner with 40 percent votes.

Our volunteers are doubling up their efforts to ensure that preparations for our flagship knowledge platform, the PMI India National Conference, go on smoothly. We have shortlisted abstracts and PMI India award nominations and the list has been announced. The conference promises to have a great line-up of speakers; a few speakers have already confirmed and we are expecting some more confirmations soon. I urge you to refer to the conference website for regular updates. www.pmi.org.in/conference2013

Another conference that did exceedingly well was the Pharma Project Management Conference in Mumbai on 8-10 May. PMI India partnered with CPhI India to organize the conference that had representation from a wide range of pharmaceutical companies and research organizations.

In our effort to continuously engage with the Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) community, we had a meeting with R.E.P. representatives from North India in March. The meeting helped both PMI and the R.E.P.s understand each other's objectives and plans.

In this issue of Manage India, we feature two highly complex projects by IBM India. IBM has been a proponent of project management for years and has mature project management practices. I'm certain our readers will benefit from some of the project best practices that these successful projects followed.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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