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 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 humanise 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.
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.
Kumar Gera, CMD, Gera Developments, 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 Professor V. Nagadevara were awarded the PMI India Distinguished Scholar Award for their highly note worthy 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, K.S Ajay Shankar PMO Head -Land Rover Jaguar Project, Tata Technologies, Pune and 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 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.