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Dear Practitioners,

After almost a year’s preparation, we are ready with another exciting edition of PMI India National Conference. This sixth annual conference, which is being hosted for the second time in Hyderabad, takes me down memory lane to the time we began this journey. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment as I reflect back on our first conference in Hyderabad in 2009 and the way we have been scaling it up each year, bringing more value to the practitioner community.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
This year, the two-and-a-half day conference starting 11 September has an interesting line-up of speakers from industry, public sector, entertainment, sports, and spirituality. On the inaugural day, we will present the best project of the year awards that are recognized today as the topmost honor for project excellence in the country. Case study and technical paper presentations have been a big draw at our conferences. Delegates this year have a wide range of topics to choose from the four parallel session tracks. The panel discussions promise to be exciting with experts from both the public and private sectors sharing their thoughts and experiences on topics of wide interest. Besides these, we have a workshop on soft skills for early bird registrants and several on ground activities such as app contests, photo booth, games, and a quiz to ensure delegates have a memorable experience.

As you already know, the PMI India Research and Academic Conference is going to be held on 13-15 February 2015 at the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai. The conference is a platform for project management academicians and students in India to gain knowledge and share experiences. Registrations for the conference will be announced in October.

In continuation of our efforts to reach out to the student community, PMI Pune-Deccan Chapter has signed a memorandum of understanding with Symbiosis International University to promote skill development among students and facilitate interactions with industry experts. Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology is a PMI Registered Education Provider that imparts project management skills to its students as a part of its curriculum.

On 24 July in Bangalore, we held our first conference for the Indian aerospace industry, on the theme, “Propel High with Project Management”. Jointly organized by PMI India and the Society for Automotive Engineers India, the conference brought together several stalwarts from the defence and aerospace industries.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue in which we are featuring a public-private partnership initiative by Hyderabadbased GVK Foundation that has spread its operations throughout the country.

I hope to see you at the conference.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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