Project Management Research & Academic Conference 2011

PMI India Research & Academic Conference 2011
Pune, India
9 - 10 December 2011
Getting India ready in a Project Driven Economy - Role of Academia

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Project Management Institute (PMI), India organised its first Research and Academic Conference held under the theme "Getting India ready in a Project Driven Economy - Role of Academia."The 2-day conference hosted by NICMAR, Pune is an initiative to take project management learning and skill development ahead. Dr. Kamal Sharma MD Lupin Ltd. was the Chief Guest, while Mr. K.B.Dixit, Executive Director (Engineering & Procurement), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) was the distinguished Guest of Honour at the conference.

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Kamal Sharma stressed on the importance of project management in the current scenario for a growing economy like India which has a long way to go in terms of development to meet its growth objectives. He commented on how the drivers of the economy have evolved from being Product-based to being Process-based, and voiced concern on shortage of qualified project managers in India. In this regard, he stressed on the need to internationalize learning, and humanize the curriculum to impart all-round soft skills to the professional. "Today, research and marketing have formed the core aspects of a company, with all the other activities including manufacture being outsourced. Hence, it is essential to be tuned in to tastes and preferences, and technological and cultural movements across the world," he said.

Mr. K. B. Dixit opined that project management was an effective tool to manage and develop any kind of infrastructure that is needed to meet the growing needs to our economy across sectors be it Power, Roads, Ports, IT among others, and thus there was a need to give it due importance in the academic curriculum. He stressed on the current energy deficiency scenario, saying, "energy fluctuations have an impact on economies worldwide. Hence, the Indian Nuclear Programme was envisaged with the sole objective of attaining self-sufficiency in not only the design and manufacture of the plants, but also in energy."

PMI India also announced the winners of the PMI Academic Awards recognizing Academicians who through their outstanding contributions in education, research, training, consultancy and advocacy have made extraordinary impact in establishing the role and significance of Project Management education in India. Dr. Vrajlal Sapovadia, Director National Insurance Academy was the Chief Guest for the evening Awards Ceremony and gave away the awards to the winners. Dr. Mangesh Korgaonker received the PMI India Distinguished Fellow Award for his exceptional and outstanding leadership-level contribution in the field of education, training, research, consultancy, institution-building, industry-institute linkages, advocacy etc, along with a citation and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh.

Dr. K. N. Satyanarayana and Dr. V. Nagadevara were awarded the PMI India Distinguished Scholar Award for their highly noteworthy contribution to PM education training, research and consultancy. They were also given a citation and cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh each.

The conference was organized with an aim to bring together an audience of scholars, senior practitioners and students of project management & allied disciplines. The objective of the conference was to discuss and share new ideas by academicians and students with educationists and researchers. This platform also commemorated and recognized a few noted academicians for their exceptional and outstanding contribution to the field of Project Management related to education and research. Technical papers, research papers and new findings in project management were presented and discussed. Network opportunities offered to peers in project management and acclaimed academicians & researchers in the field.

The conference had eminent personalities as theme speakers- Dr. Mangesh Korgaonker, Director General, NICMAR, Mr. K.S Ajay Shankar PMO Head -Land Rover Jaguar Project, Tata Technologies, Pune and Mr. Cherian Thomas Chief Operations Officer, IDFC Foundation. Dr. Arun Nigvekar, Ex-Chair, UGC, delivered the valedictory address.

The other prominent speakers during the two day event were Dr. Shankar Sankaran Director, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Prof. Nagadevara Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Prof. S. D. Kshirsagar S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, Dr. Anil Sawhney, IIT Delhi and Prof. Goutam Dutta Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Commenting on the conference Mr. Raj Kalady, Managing Director, PMI India said "The conference was held at a time when businesses were getting more projects driven and there was a growing demand for skilled project professionals. The theme of the conference, Getting India ready in a Project Driven Economy - Role of Academia, stresses the increasingly important role academia must play in meeting this skill gap. We were excited to be hosting the conference at NICMAR - who are amongst the first institutions in India to recognize the importance and relevance of Project Management education."

PMI India Academic Advisory Group (AAG) formed in 2009 keenly supports the conference and advocacy activities initiated by PMI in project management education and research. Its members are eminent academicians from reputed colleges across the country and also senior practitioners from the industry. The group offers guidance on project management curriculum and promotes research in the field.

Dr. M. Korgaonker

Director General

Mr. Cherian Thomas

Chief Operations Officer
IDFC Foundation

Dr. Shankar Sankaran

Associate Professor of Project Management
Faculty of Design Architecture and Building
University of Technology Sydney

Prof. Nagadevara

Indian Institute of Management

Dr. Mona N. Shah

Professor and Dean
Real Estate and Infrastructure Management and Examinations

Dr. Debasis Sarkar

Associate Professor
Dept of Construction & Project Management
Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmedabad

Dr Anil Sawhney

Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Dr. Indrasen Singh

Senior Professor & Dean
NICMAR Goa Campus

Prof S. D. Kshirsagar

S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research

Prof V B Khanapuri

Associate Professor
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)

Mr. P S Banerjee

EVP & Chief Risk Officer

Prof. Goutam Dutta

Professor, Production and Quantitative Methods Area
Chairperson, Agri-Business Management
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Dr. M. Korgaonker

Director General

  • This platform will commemorate and recognize a few noted academicians for their exceptional and outstanding contribution to the field of Project Management related education and research.
  • The Project Management Institute invites all those interested in the teaching of project management, scholars, senior practitioners and students of project management in higher education to attend the PMI Research and Academic Conference 2011.
  • The conference aims to bring together an audience of scholars, senior practitioners and students of Project Management and allied disciplines.
  • It will provide opportunities for attendees to present and discuss new project management research findings and teaching methods.
  • The event will feature plenary speakers and peer reviewed technical papers and additionally provide opportunities for discussions and networking and take away useful knowledge to help your institution.