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PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter

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 the world.

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 2016

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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