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PMI India Research & Academic Conference 2015, Mumbai
PMI India Project Management Regional Conference 2015, Pune

Nation Building through Project Management
BY RAJESH RAO

Colonel (Retd.) Anil Athale lighting the lamp during the inaugural ceremony with Mr. Rajarama Rao Bannengala, Mr. Girish R. Kadam, Mr. B. G. Jayaram, Mr. Hari Menon, and Mr. Raj Kalady on the dais

The vision of prime minister Narendra Modi's government is to leap forward India's economic growth with a longterm model for self-propelling, sustainable growth. Union Budget 2015 is expected to provide a boost to infrastructure development, which is a key enabler for economic progress. PMI India's Project Management Regional Conference, held on the Budget day in Pune, hit the right chord with the theme "Project Management for Nation Building", focusing on innovative and creative adaptations of proven project management techniques to take India to the next level of sustainable economic growth.

The first one-day regional conference, collaboratively organized by PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter and PMI Mumbai Chapter, was held on 28 February. Industry leaders, project practitioners, trainers, and domain experts from across the country attended the league event to learn, network, share, and grow.

During the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, released the Pulse of the Profession® that gives a sense of the growth areas of the project management profession. It captures the value of project management and how high performing organizations are doing that by focusing on the basics: Culture, Talent and Process. Check the report here.

Keynotes from Colonel (Retd.) Anil Athale, founder, Initiative for Peace and Disarmament; Mr. Hari Menon, CEO, BigBasket.com; and Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, director, Cummins India, set the tone for discussions through the day.

Awards for the technical paper competition were presented during the conference.

The pulse of the conference was in the informative case study and paper presentations. The organizers had carefully selected eight case studies and papers for presentation that showcased exemplary application of project management in different industries and discussed topics of interest in the community.

The panel discussion provided a forum to recap the main ideas presented during the various sessions through the day.

The conference was also an occasion to felicitate longstanding members of PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter. These members are Mr. Ashutosh Gulanikar, Mr. Laxmikant Halway, Mr. Sunil Bakshi, Mr. Ashok Pawar, Mr. Vikram Kaul, Mr. Mantrala Visweswara Rao, Mr. Ravi Vanukuru, Mr. Amol Navangul, and Mr. Girish Kelkar.

Delegates got a hands-on experience of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) the next day. Over 200 PMI members attended the half-day session in which Ms. Niloofer Giri, philosopher and proponent of Vedanta philosophy, and Mr. Nitten Mahadik, independent training consultant, gave an exalting talk. Independent training and coaching professional, Mr. Vikas Dixit, took participants through the basics of NLP and Huna practice, and provided them activities to experience the concepts.

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