Symposium on Smart Cities
PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter organized the first project management
symposium on "Building Smart Cities – The Project Management
Perspective" on 30 January. The symposium was co-hosted by the Symbiosis
Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Pune. It
discussed the adoption of project management best practices to
implement projects of such nature.
A project to build smart cities would not only be large and complex, but
must also align national interests with individual interests, thereby
bringing skills, ideas, and knowledge together on a large scale. The
chapter chose this subject as the Government of India has announced that
Pune would be part of its smart city program roll-out.
Over 130 project management professionals, aspiring project managers,
entrepreneurs, students from SCMHRD, and academicians from Pune and
Mumbai attended the event. The event made good use of web collaboration
technologies, and generated over 200 tweets on Twitter and over 100
Facebook comments that helped further reach out to practitioners across
Besides president, PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter, Girish Kadam; and
director, SCMHRD, Pratima Sheorey; the others who spoke included founder
and president of Symbiosis Society, Padma Bhushan Dr. S.B. Mujumdar;
commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, Kunal Kumar; and managing
director, Product Dossier, Sandeep Kumar.
There was a project report presentation by the students of SCMHRD on the
Pune smart city initiative. The post-lunch session included a panel
discussion on what programs like this need from the point of eco-system
partners and project management.
Udaan is an integral part of the chapter's annual mega event for
students. The sixth edition of Udaan, titled "Thinking Beyond Horizon,"
was co-organized with the Institute of Industrial and Computer
Management and Research (IICMR) on 6-7 February. IICMR joined PMI
Pune-Deccan India Chapter to help promote co-curricular and
extracurricular skills around culture and management among its students.Udaan hosts a series of competitions in which students apply their
critical thinking, ideation, and analytical skills to propose unique
solutions to real-world problems. There were competitions around
projects called Srijan, case studies called Vishleshan, and movie
reviews called Drishti on 6 February.
The next day there was a competition in which participants had to make
products out of waste. They also had to market these products using
innovative advertisements. This year's competitions broke all previous
records in terms of the number and quality of participants.
Speakers at the event included Prashant P. Khambaswadkar, managing
director and CEO, Universal Group; Dr. Abhay Kulkarni, director, IICMR;
Dr. S.P. Kallurkar, principal, Atharva College of Engineering; Girish
Kadam, chapter president; and Makrand Hardas, vice president –
academics, PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter.
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