Symposium on Manufacturing
PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter

PMI Pune-Deccan India Chapter organized the second session in its series of project management symposiums on 18 June, which was titled, “Manufacturing, the Backbone of Vision India.”

Leaders and senior managers from leading organizations participated in the event as keynote speakers or delegates. The event attracted over 200 Tweets and over 100 Facebook comments, demonstrating the massive potential that web virtual collaboration technologies offer in reaching out to audience across the world and various communities.

The conference started with an enactment that showcased the current situation of the manufacturing sector in India, i.e. the overburdened backbone of India and how project management can help streamline the processes and mitigate the challenges.

Rajaram Rao Bannengala, vice president – Programs, PMI Pune-Deccan India chapter welcomed the guests and delegates. This was followed by a keynote by Partha S. Ghose, president and chief of Projects, Kalyani Steels Ltd. He threw light on the use of project management to improve efficiency in the manufacturing sector. On the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, he said the timing was perfect as India would reach its prime with a young manpower by 2020. The second keynote speaker was Dr. Abhay Kulkarni, director, the Institute of Industrial and Computer Management and Research, Pune, who gave his perspective on project management in manufacturing. There was an “elevator speech” by Amit Jadhav, director, Modelcam Technologies Private Limited in which he touched upon how the way people use technology is going to change by 2020.

Invited guests Girish Kelkar, founder director, V3C3E3 Consultants spoke about the risks and challenges that ‘Make in India’ will face in the coming years. Prakash Avchat, former general manager, Tata Motors shared his perspective on the role of a project engineer in emerging India.

The delegates took part in an innovative session, “Connecting Dots,” during the breakout session in which delegates were divided in groups and assigned the task of building the model of a travel bus. This helped the teams understand planning and execution in the manufacturing sector.

This was followed by a panel discussion on the symposium theme by Sushma Bhayani, global business development & delivery leader, IBM India Pvt. Ltd., Mangesh Ashtekar, operation manager, Forbes Marshal, Mohan Nair, president, IIMM, and Rajaram Krishnaswami, consultant and trainer).

(Chapter news was contributed by Ashutosh Nadkarni and Nagini Chandramouli, PMP, ACP.)

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