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PMI India Regional Conference in Kolkata Brings Experts, Practitioners from East India Together

Some of the key members of the organizing committee

Kolkata played host to PMI India’s Project Management Regional Conference on 22 April.The maiden event of the region brought together practitioners from diverse fields to discuss trends and opportunities, share insights. and highlight how project management could accelerate the socio-economic development of India’s east and northeast.

Hosted by PMI West Bengal Chapter, the conference had close to 300 paid delegates from five states in the region. Delegates represented a wide range of industries such as IT, engineering, consulting, telecom, steel, healthcare, fashion, and the social sector. Registrations for this volunteer-organized event exceeded expectations and were closed in advance.

A highly relevant conference theme, “Sustainable Socioeconomic Growth of the Region through Project Management,” senior industry leaders as keynote speakers, and opportunities to grow the professional network were key factors behind delegate interest in the conference.

The conference was inaugurated by Subrata Mitra, joint managing director of M.N. Dastur & Company (P) Ltd., an engineering consultancy company, along with Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India, and Sumit Kumar Sinha, president, PMI West Bengal Chapter. Besides Mr. Mitra, the other keynote speakers were Prithwis Mukerjee, program director - business analytics, Praxis Business School, Kolkata; Indrajit Sanyal, senior director - IT and cloud services, Ericsson Global Services Center; Rajesh Ranjan Jha, vice president - engineering, Tata Steel; Tejas Sura, managing director, Cubic Turnkey, and former mentor, PMI Region 11; Ashutosh Chatterji, director, Microsoft Corporation, and Reid Simon, consultant, Microsoft Corporation.

The speakers kept the delegates riveted throughout by peppering their talks with anecdotes, audio-visual displays, and interactive sessions. There was also music and poetry to enliven the mood – with Rabindranath Tagore’s Where the Mind is Without Fear and Somali-Canadian singer K’naan’s Waving Flag.

Amitava Banerjee handing over the volunteer of the year award to Pryanka Roy Giri

Mr. Kalady set the tone for the day with his special address, where he emphasised the need for the government to recognize the importance of project management for successful project execution. “By 2022, we will require at least five lakh project management to carry out the plans laid down by the government, including projects under Digital India,” he said.

Speakers discussed how big data Analytics, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things are changing the way projects are being executed today. They also brought up some pressing concerns that projects face —such as land acquisition, sustainability, socio-economic welfare, handling and management of data,
The one-day conference receives delegates from across east India

and data security. There were also futuristic Thoughts to tickle the mind: sci-fi concepts that seem close to reality thanks to the efforts of entrepreneur Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, such as connecting human brains with computers and outer space habitation. Besides the keynotes, there were panel discussions on: “Perspectives of Project Management in the Data-Only Generation,” and “Importance of Project Management in Social Change through Community Planning, Development, and Welfare.”
Raj Kalady (extreme right) felicitating Tata Steel's Kalinganagar project team

PMI India also used this opportunity to recognize a project in the region that achieved its project objectives in spite of steep challenges. The recognition for an outstanding project in east India went to Tata The one-day conference receives delegates from across east India Steel’s Kalinganagar plant in Odisha.
The force behind the conference: the organizing team from PMI West Bengal Chapter

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