As a part of the chapter’s academic outreach program, PMI Kerala Chapter inaugurated the fourth students’ forum in the state, at Saintgits Institute of Management on 3 November 2018. A total of 51 budding managers registered for the event.The chapter team that attended the event comprised Rajeev Rajasekhara Panicker, PMI India Champion Mentor, Chapter Mentor and past president; Jayakishore S R, vice president, education; Dileep Viswanathan, associate vice president, education; and volunteers Prageeth P, Kabir Pary, and Arun Ravi.Institute director Thomas T John said that for education to be effective, emphasis must not only be on academic excellence but also on the development of the overall personality of a student. The chapter leadership team gave a brief overview of the immense opportunities provided by PMI to the student community and practicing professionals.The chapter also conducted a "Meet your Mentor" program in which forum members interacted with mentors from the chapter.On 15 December 2018, the chapter conducted a training session on project management for the institute’s teachers.ASSOCIATION WITH KUDUMBASHREE, GOVERNMENT OF KERALAThe chapter has been associating with government organizations and NGOs to provide guidance and support to their project teams, and conducting project management training sessions. One such initiative is with Kudumbashree, the poverty eradication and women’s empowerment program implemented by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala.Kudumbashree is a community network across the state, and is one of the largest women’s networks in the world. It runs various programs for economic, social, and women’s empowerment. The Kudumbashree Mission is also the nodal agency for the implementation of urban poverty eradication programs of the Government of India. The chapter has now lined up a series of mentoring and training sessions for the Kudumbashree project teams across Kerala.
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