PMI Pearl City Chapter (PMIPCC) in Hyderabad conducted a joint project management advocacy program with Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University (JNTU) at their campus on 5 January. The event, themed “Realizing Objectives with Project Management,” was aimed at helping faculty members and students gain project management skills. Over 60 members of the university’s teaching faculty attended it.

PMIPCC leaders S Ramanathan and Subhash Rastogi shared with the delegates lessons learned from their project management journey. Mr. Ramanathan is an advisor to Vanenburg and chief mentor of Netelixir. Dr. Rastogi is adjunct faculty at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore, IIM Kashipur, and SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai and Singapore.

Srinivas Kopparapu, chapter past president, moderated a panel discussion on "Why should teachers and students develop project management skills?" Eminent PMI community members – Deepa Bhide, physician with IT and project management experience; Phalguna Ramaraju, senior enterprise lean agile coach and trainer; Vidyasagar Uddagiri from Tata Consultancy Services; and Arunkiran Ponnekanti from Infosys – were on the panel.

The day concluded with a hands-on session by Sunanda Gundavajhala, director operations, DispatchTrack, and Mr. Ponnekanti in which the attendees took part in a challenge to build the model of a tower. This was an interactive way for them to learn about aspects such as project scope, change, time, and resource management.