PMI Kerala Chapter hosted the first state-wide academic forum conclave, Wings 2019, to bring together business school and professional college students, faculty members, and research practitioners from academia and industry. The event was held on 2 February at Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram.

The aim of the conclave was to draw together eminent academicians, practitioners, and aspiring project management professionals to share their perspectives and learn about the latest trends in the industry.

Wings played host to over 170 delegates from various industries, senior academicians, and students.

The chief guest was member of parliament and author Shashi Tharoor. He recommended a gradual change in the education system to facilitate greater interaction between industry and academia.

Prashanth Nair, IAS, deputy secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, gave a talk with examples from daily life and from his bureaucratic stints to explain how project management is a vital skill.

Manas Das, director, Intel Business Operations, delivered a keynote titled “Tech Trends and Employability – a Conversation.” Dr Saji Gopinath, CEO, Kerala Startup Mission, delivered the second keynote. Both the speakers focused on how students can skill themselves for the latest tech trends like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and crypto currency.

Smiju Sudevan, associate professor, Modern College of Business and Science, Oman, presented a paper presentation on the “Integration of Scrum Methods into Higher Education.” Brajesh C. Kaimal, founder of Experion Technologies and PMI Global Volunteer, spoke on “Project Management as a Life Skill.”

There was a panel discussion, moderated by Jayan P., senior vice president and head, global HR, IBS Software Services. The panelists were: Jayaram Nayar, director, TKM Institute of Management; Rajit Karunakaran Nair, director, Rajadhani Business School; Punnoose George, chairman, Saintgits Group of Institutions; Subash Muthanna, chief technology officer and vice president, Tauras India; and Rajeev Rajasekhara Panicker, GPM Infosys and PMI India Champion Mentor.

Students of engineering and management schools in Kerala had taken part in a competition to write on project management. Dr. Tharoor handed over the award for the best paper to Janani V. J. and Anoop P. for their paper titled, “Effectiveness of Traffic Management System to Reduce Traffic Congestion and Road Traffic Accidents: A study on National Highway 66.”

The chapter also organized the second edition of the annual business quiz. Thirteen teams from various educational institutes in Kerala took part in it. The quiz was conducted by Dileesh Kumar Pillai, associate director-IT, Allianz Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. Mr. Nair presented the awards and prize money to the winners of the quiz – Rithwik K. and Jis John Sebastian from Cochin University of Science and Technology who won the first prize; Jameer K.B. and Ananthu P. Sankar of University College, Trivandrum, who won the second prize; and Dany John and Naseef E.P. of Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum, who bagged the third prize.

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