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Dear Practitioners,

Iím delighted to share with you some exciting developments in the past couple of months. We had a highly impactful 2nd community meeting of PMI India Excellence Enablers Forum (EEF), a steering committee of senior practitioners, in Bangalore on 25 April. The EEF teams shared best practices to address common industry challenges, such as managing projects with an unstable workforce; managing projects with remotely located, geographically distributed, and multi-cultural teams; and presenting Indian cultural aspects impacting project execution and objectives. We had 53 attendees from 31 organizations, who were decision makers of project management strategy for their organizations, program directors, and heads of project management office, project management academy, delivery, learning and development.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
We have seen progress in our academia outreach program with PMI India Academic Advisory Group (AAG) coming out with academic case studies on project management. The case studies by AAG will be ready for download on our website soon.

In other academic developments, the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) in Mumbai is starting a full-time program in project management this year. I congratulate Dr. Karuna Jain, dean, NITIE, and chair, PMI AAG, for this initiative.

We recently presented certificates to two toppers of the 2012-2014 batch of project engineering and management at the National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR). Iím confident that more such youngsters will come forward to imbibe project management knowledge to fill the skills gap in the country.

Excitement is building for the PMI India National Conference that is being held in Hyderabad on 11-13 September. The response from the community has been highly positive. I encourage you to visit the conference website for regular updates - http://pmi.org.in/conference2014/.

The PMI India Research and Academic Conference 2015 will be held in NITIE, Mumbai, on 13-15 February. We are inviting abstracts for technical papers. You can visit the website for more details - http://www.pmi.org.in/rac2015/ and www.pmi.org.in/racpapers.

For the past couple of months, India has been gripped by elections fever. Managing general elections in India is a project worth studying, and Manage India is taking you behind the scenes to give you a glimpse of elections management. I thank former chief election commissioner, Dr. S. Y. Quraishi, for giving us a project management perspective on conducting elections successfully in India. I hope you enjoy reading this issue.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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