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New Board Members Elected
New members have been elected to the PMI North India Chapter board by an election nomination committee comprising of three distinguished professionals – Mr. Brij Nandan Yadava, senior vice president - projects, DLF Home Developers; Mr. Neeraj Singhal, PMP, RMP, senior manager - projects, CSC; and Cdr (retd.) Naveen Kataria, PMP, transition and transformation leader - delivery center, IBM India. The committee ensured that the election was fair and transparent. The new board members are Mr. Amit Aggarwal, secretary; Mr. Prashant Malhotra, vice president, communications; Mr. Naveen Singh, vice president, programs; Mr. Vineet Sardana, vice president, membership; and Mr. Saket Bansal, vice president, volunteer management. Office bearers who will continue on the chapter board are Mr. Manoj K. Gupta, president & CEO; Mr. Pritam Gautam, vice president, technology; Mr. Amit Chauhan, chief financial and compliance officer; Ms. Shalini Lamba, vice president, corporate outreach; and Ms. Vanita Ahuja, vice president, government outreach.

Year 2013 was a momentous year for the chapter that celebrated not only its 10th year anniversary but also hosted the annual PMI India National Conference 2013. The chapter board is all set to line up many diverse events for the chapter members with representatives from the corporate world, educational institutes, and the government sector. There will also be more opportunities for volunteering. The first such event was held at an educational institute in Mohali, Punjab on 8 February where experts from corporate and government organizations spoke on “Project Management - Empowering Growth in a Turbulent Economy”.

Webinars, Workshops and More
PMI Pearl City Chapter is all geared up to host the PMI India National Conference 2014 for which the conference committee has already been set up. Members can expect initial communication about the conference soon.

A special general body meeting was held on 25 October 2013 where it was approved by the member community to change the chapter auditor. On 24 January, a networking meeting was organized in which Mr. Ramakrishna Yerrapatruni, head, investor communication services, BPO Division, Broadridge Financial Solutions, and Ms. Bhargavi Nuvvula, director, IT, Microsoft, addressed the gathering.

The chapter has had multiple webinars and workshops in the past couple of months. On 14 November, there was a webinar on “Stakeholder Analysis – Winning Support for Your Project” by Mr. Sudhindranath Neela, global delivery manager and technology leader, Deloitte Consultancy Limited. Another webinar was on “Test Management in Agile World” that was conducted by two employees from Microsoft India. Workshops on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) were held to cater to the requirements of both the corporate world and the general public. In addition, the chapter is planning to host its first workshop for PMI Agile Certified Practioner (PMI-ACP)® certification aspirants in March 2014.

Session on Innovation
PMI West Bengal Chapter hosted its first “Learn and Earn” event for 2014 on 11 January on “Gearing up Project Managers to Embark on the Innovative Drives Across Organizations”. It was hosted by chapter president, Ms. Sonali Bhattacharya. The talk focused on modern tools to manage innovation in organizations as disruptive technologies are changing businesses and organizational behaviors. Managing or fostering innovation in an organization is a challenging proposition. It needs strategy, leadership, organization culture, and change management processes to create an environment to promote innovation. Mr. Jitendra Roy Choudhury, extended board member of the chapter, and an expert from the mining industry, initiated discussions with the participants on managing innovation, different tools and techniques for it, and the role of project managers as change agents for innovation.

Felicitation of Long-standing Members
PMI India felicitated long-standing Members of Pune Chapter at a ceremony on 16 February. Below is the list of 20 members have been with the chapter for eight years and more.

Mr. Rajesh M. Vinchure
Mr. Amar Nath Pathak
Dr. Harikumar Vasudevan Nair
Mr. Sajith K. Madapatu
Mrs. Ujwala P. Nandurdikar
Mr. Rahul P. Sudame
Mr. Shyam Bhavsar
Mr. Nitin E. Shende
Mr. Rajarama Rao Bannengala
Mr. Rohidas S. Surliker
Mr. Ashish Vijay Borikar
Mr. Rajaram Krishnaswami
Mr. Shashidhar P. Erande
Mr. Shantanu Jagannath Bhamare
Mr. Venkata Sudhakar Guduru
Mr. Rejithkumar M. G.
Mr. Jayant A. Marathe
Mr. Narendra Shreedhar Joshi
Mr. Himanshu S. Warudkar
Mr. Girish Ramakant Kadam

PM Footprints Sessions & Lamps Distribution
PMI Bangalore Chapter organized two sessions of PM Footprints Sessions on 5 and 19 December 2013. In the first session, Mr. N. Parthasarthy, an independent project consultant, spoke on “Use Work Authorization System as a Risk Reduction Tool”. Work authorization system is a part of enterprise environmental factors and a well-known project management tool for authorizing and tracking project work. In chemical and oil & gas projects, elements of this system are also used for risk reduction. In the second session, Mr. N. Jayaram of ANZ Banking Group spoke on “Program Management - Way Forward and Experiences”. The topic provided an introduction to program management and its benefits to pave the way for better decision-making and governance.

On 28 December, the chapter and Rotary Club West distributed LED lamps and the newly initiated “e-pathshala” (e-school) materials to students of Government High School, Doddashivara in Malur taluk, Kolar. The chapter has been distributing solar lamps and chargers through the Vidyadeepa lamps project to school children in and around Bangalore and laptops and desktops through “e-pathshala” to schools. This year Rotary Club West has an ambitious plan to distribute nearly 5,000 lamps to rural school children. This is being done with the assistance of PMI Bangalore Chapter and a team of volunteers.

(Chapter news contributed by Mr. Prashant Malhotra, Mr. Soumen De, PMP, and Mr. L. N. Prasad, Mr. Ravi Vurakaranam, and Ms. Rekha Unni)
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