Letter from Managing Director, PMI India   |   Download a PDF version     

Dear Practitioners,

I’m immensely delighted to present to you this special issue of Manage India that covers the PMI India Regional Conference in Kolkata on 22nd April. It was the first event of such scale being organized by the youngest chapter of PMI India, PMI West Bengal Chapter, and PMI India’s debut conference in east India.

Preparations for the conference began almost a year ago, and the chapter board and volunteers left no stone unturned to make it a success. The hard work and commitment was on display on the day of the conference, with an exciting line-up of speakers from different sectors and a hall packed with practitioners from across east India, eager to gain knowledge and network with peers.

We had close to 300 paid paid delegates even before the closing date for registration. This is a significant number, considering that the chapter’s membership is 325 and the number of PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holders in Kolkata is less than 900. The number of delegates does not include those who volunteered for the conference. Though a large number of the delegates were from Kolkata, we also had project managers from Assam, Jharkhand, and Odisha.

The conference also provided an opportunity to corporate houses in the region to take part. Close to 50 companies, academic institutes, and social sector organizations took part.

I’m grateful for the great learning experience that organizing the conference provided us.

Warm regards,

Sumit Kumar Sinha
Conference Chair & President, PMI West Bengal Chapter

Dear Readers,

Six years ago we established PMI West Bengal Chapter to support and fuel the growth of the project management profession in east India. Steady growth in membership and programs over these years has helped us make our imprint on the region as the foremost professional development body for project professionals. And last month we topped it with a highly successful conference, PMI India Regional Conference 2017.

I take great pride in the fact that the youngest PMI chapter in India pulled off an event of such high caliber. Of the total member strength of 325, more than 30 volunteers drive chapter activities on a regular basis. Of these, 20 volunteers contributed to the regional conference by sacrificing their personal time for several months at a stretch. Our experience in conducting our local, annual conference, Aviskar, greatly helped us in hosting this conference.

The conference started with a discussion on the project management profession in India and how mega troubled, complex projects should be handled. Speakers expertly linked the conference theme to digital transformations, driving innovation for a sustainable future, and fuelling social growth. Tata Steel presented a case study on its Kalinganagar plant in Odisha. The session ended with a keynote on leadership in this world of “distraction economy.”

I’d like to thank the volunteers, chapter board members, presidents of PMI chapters across the country, and PMI India staff for their contributions. I’m grateful to our speakers and panelists who provided delegates immense value with their deep insights and perspectives. And a big thank you to the delegates who attended the conference.

Warm regards,

Amitava Banerjee
Conference Director

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