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Dear Practitioners,

We are just a few weeks away from the 5th PMI India National Conference in New Delhi. The two-day conference on the theme, “Project Management - Bringing Certainty in Uncertain Times,” will bring in different perspectives, thoughts, and insights into how project management can be a catalyst for growth and stability. With seven keynote speakers, four case studies, 14 paper presentations by industry experts, two panel discussions, and an early bird session, the conference promises to be a power-packed forum for knowledge sharing for professional growth. The attendees will benefit from the rich exchange of ideas and networking with peers. They will also witness the recognition of best projects at the awards night and get a chance to talk to the winners. I encourage you to visit our conference website http://www.pmi.org.in/conference2013/ and register immediately, if you have not done it yet.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
India is at the crossroads where infrastructure growth is a must to pull the country back on the path of fast growth. On the recommendation of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, PMI India, along with KPMG, conducted a study across nine infrastructure sectors to understand the reasons for project schedule and cost overruns. The report identifies the lack of project management skills as one of the major areas of concern in the construction industry. Refer to page 10 for an abstract and http://www.pmi.org.in/downloads/PMI_KPMG_2013.pdf for the complete report.

In this issue, we’re looking at the increased relevance of project management in the wake of the Uttarakhand tragedy in which over 5,000 people are reported to have died. While the country’s planners are looking at more investments into infrastructure, environmentalists are worried that we are over exploiting natural resources for the sake of development. We have invited experts from the public, private, and social sectors to debate on this topic and examine how project management can provide the right balance between development and sustainability. Did you know that PMI has a Project Management Methodology for post disaster reconstruction? It is available for free download at http://www.pmi.org/pmief/humanitarian/PDRM.asp

In our continued effort to promote project management education, we recently presented PMI India scholarships to two students of the National Institute of Construction Management and Research.

We owe our growth to the dedication and contributions of our chapter members and volunteers. As part of our new initiative to recognize long-standing chapter members, PMI India felicitated members of Chennai and Kerala Chapters at the recently conducted regional conferences. The PMI India Champion Program is another fine example of advocacy and I’m proud to see it grow from strength to strength. Today, we have 32 passionate Champions across various industries and organizations propagating project management within their organization.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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