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International PM Day Celebrations

Mr. Raj Kalady addressing students and faculty members at NITIE on International Project Management Day
International Project Management Day was celebrated at the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) on 6 November. This event was jointly hosted by PMI and NITIE. NITIE is also the host institute for PMI India’s Research & Academic Conference to be held later in February 2015.

About 100 post graduate students from three premier colleges, NITIE, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, attended the event. The conference, themed “Stepping into the World of Project Management,” provided students an opportunity to hear from the experts, learn best practices, and understand what opportunities lay ahead for them in the world of project management.

Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, spoke about the relevance of PMI’s Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM)® certification for young professionals, the increased importance of project management today, and the need to promote industry-academia interactions.

Dr. Mangesh Korgaonkar, director general, National Institute of Construction Management and Research, was the chief guest. The other speakers were Dr. Karuna Jain, director, NITIE, Dr. P. C. Sehgal, CEO, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, Ms. Mahua Banerjee, project management transformations program leader, IBM India, and Mr. Vinod Khisty, dean, Larsen and Toubro Institute of Project Management, Vadodara.

PMI’s Mr. Uday Yedur moderated a panel discussion, which was followed by an address by Prof. V. B. Khanapuri, a faculty member of NITIE.

Students also participated in project management games organized by games partner, Playject, a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) to test the participants’ project management skills.

India-US Technology Summit

Mr. Raj Kalady participates in a panel discussion during the India-US Technology Summit in Greater Noida
The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, partnered with the Department of State, USA, for the 20th Technology Summit. Organized on 18 and 19 November, the summit was followed by two days of a Knowledge Expo on 20-21 November.

PMI India participated in the Summit and Knowledge Expo, along with many American and Indian organizations and government departments. PMI had a booth, which was visited by practitioners, academicians, students, and training bodies, and received a large number of enquiries on PMI offerings around certifications and R.E.P. opportunities.

Mr. Kalady participated in a panel discussion on “Make in India – Infrastructure Opportunities and Challenges” on the first day of the summit. The panel discussed ways in which India can move beyond its current infrastructure impasse and provide a boost to the manufacturing sector. Underscoring the importance of project management skills in infrastructure development, Mr. Kalady’s session focused on how project management is an effective tool to bridge the gap between strategy and desired end-results. This was also covered by leading media.

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