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Dear Practitioners,

We're less than two months away from PMI India National Conference in Hyderabad on 11-13 September. Our conference theme this year is "Project Management - the Mantra for Sustainable Growth". We're expecting over 1,000 practitioners to attend the conference and benefit from project management knowledge sharing by our keynote speakers, rich exchange of ideas through case studies and technical paper presentations by experts from different industries, and networking over two and-a-half days. If you have not yet registered for the conference yet, click on this link http://pmi.org.in/conference2014/register.asp

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
We have received a record number of abstracts of case studies and technical papers this year, and our technical papers team is close to finalizing submissions to be published and presented during the conference. We have also seen a growing interest among organizations to compete for the prestigious PMI India Project Awards that will be presented during the conference. The nominations are currently going through our multi-tiered awards selection process.

For our Project Management Research and Academic Conference in February 2015, we have just closed the abstract submissions process. The enthusiasm for submitting papers for this conference has also been highly encouraging.

It gives me great pleasure in sharing with you that the PMI India Champion Program has grown to such height within a short period of time. We held the champion graduation ceremony in Bangalore in May in which we inducted 25 champion designates into the program and felicitated current champions who have made an impact with their tireless work. I wish the program more success in the months ahead.

The fourth meeting of the Internal Registered Education Providers was held in Bangalore recently. We had engaging discussions on challenges that these organizations are facing. I'm grateful to Mr. Craig Killough, vice president, organization markets, PMI, who presented PMI's Pulse of the Profession® at this event that throws light on these challenges.

On 24 July, PMI, along with SAE International, is organizing a conference for the aerospace industry in Bangalore on the theme, ?Propel High with Project Management. India has made significant progress in aerospace and I see immense opportunity to collaborate with the industry to help it reach even higher goals with project management.

Project management has application in a wide range of sectors, including wildlife conservation. In this issue of Manage India, we feature how project management played a part in the relocation of rhinos from Kaziranga and Pobitora to Manas National Park in Assam where social unrest had decimated the rhino population. With minute planning, execution, and monitoring, the department hopes to grow the wild rhino population in Assam to 3,000 by 2020. I hope you reading this offbeat article on project management.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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