Letter from Managing Director, PMI India   |   Download a PDF version     
Announcing Project Management National Conference, 2016
Presenting Project Management Fun-DasTM

Dear Practitioners,

The environment in which we manage projects is much more stressful today than it was a few years ago. The stress often shows on our performance, relationships, and health. What can be better than a small dose of laughter to take the pressure off our mind? And what if it also doubles up as a learning tool? We have launched "Project Management Fun-dasTM", our very own comic strip that picks typical aspects of a project manager's life and present them back to you with a little humor. Enjoy our inaugural comic strips and find out how you can contribute to the series.

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
In May 2016, PMI India signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) through which PMI will support the institute in the development of customized project management training modules. PMI will also assist IAHE with periodic faculty development programs.

An important development for the project management profession in India has been the inclusion of project management skills and PMI certifications as "high priority" for e-governance roles in the country. These recommendations have been made by the National e-Governance Division, an independent business division within Media Lab Asia, under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Governmentof India. The recommendations are part of a competency framework that it has developed for government functionaries in governance projects.

I'm proud to say that we have received a tremendous response for this year's nominations for PMI India Project of the Year Awards program and technical paper submissions to be presented during the Project Management National Conference in Mumbai on 17-19 November. Our jury members & paper reviewers are now busy with the first round of selections. I am confident that the delegates for the annual conference will have an opportunity to listen to quality presentations from the shortlisted presenters.

I hope you are following our webinars under the project management leadership series on Techgig. We have had a strong line up of speakers. I invite more subject matter experts to take this opportunity and reach out to the practitioner community. You can reach out to editor.manageindia@pmi-india.org with your ideas.

The Union government under the able leadership of Mr. Narendra Modi has just completed two years. Work on new projects and programs has re-energized the country and infused optimism across regions and sectors. In our "By Invitation" column in this issue, we look at one of Mr. Modi's pet initiatives ? Smart Cities. What makes a city a "smart city" and what can we learn from other countries? Our writer focuses on these key issues in this column.

Also look out for our cover story on a special project ? the restoration of Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi. This project, undertaken under a public-private partnership, provides a way forward for the rehabilitation of hundreds of dilapidated historical monuments in the country.

Warm regards,

Raj Kalady
Managing Director, PMI India
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