Professors, Scholars Discuss Ways to AdvanceProject Management Education
PMI Research and Academic Conference
Dignitaries release the conference proceedings booklet during the
inaugural session. (From left) Prof. K.C. Iyer, department of civil
engineering, IIT Delhi; Dr. K.N. Satyanarayana, director, IIT Tirupati;
Prof. Prem Vrat, former director, IIT Roorkee and pro-chancellor, The
NorthCap University, Gurugram; Raj Kalady, managing director, PMI India;
and Prof. S.G. Deshmukh, director, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian
Institute of Information Technology and management, Gwalior
With over 250 delegates from different parts of the country, senior
academicians and thought leaders as speakers, and multiple paper
presentations, the fourth PMI India Research and Academic Conference in
Delhi set a new benchmark in content quality and delegate experience.
The conference from 2-4 March was jointly hosted by the Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT), Delhi and Indian Institute of Information
Technology & Management (IIITM), Gwalior at the campus of the
prestigious IIT Delhi.
The conference theme was ‘Accelerating Development: Harnessing the Power
of Project Management.’ The sessions focussed on fast-tracking growth
and development through knowledge sharing and adapting strong project
practices. Being held biennially since 2011, the earlier three
conferences were held at the National Institute of Construction
Management and Research, Pune (2011); IIT Madras (2013), and the
National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai (2015).
This year’s edition drew an overwhelming response from the academic
community across the country. Over 250 participants including scholars,
senior practitioners, paper presenters, faculty, students, invited
speakers, and guests attended the conference. The chief guest for the
inaugural session was Prof. Prem Vrat, former director, IIT Roorkee, and
pro-chancellor, professor of eminence and chief mentor, The NorthCap
University, Gurugram. He shared his thoughts and experiences on project
management. The conference proceedings book was unveiled during the
inaugural function. As many as 46 technical papers were presented over
five technical sessions during the three days of the conference. Around
55 papers were published in the proceedings book.
PMI India Academic Awards
PMI India presented the Academic Awards under three categories during
the conference. The awards program honors academicians who have made
outstanding contributions in project management education, research,
training, consultancy, and advocacy, and thereby establish project
management education and profession in India. Nominations received under
the various categories went through a review process by a panel of
eminent academicians. The recognition was in the form of a cash award
and a citation. The guest of honor for the awards function was Prof.
Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, All India Council for Technical Education.
There were also awards for the best technical papers presented during
There were three pre-conference tutorials that covered topics in depth.
The first was a work on customizing the project management curriculum
for teaching in India. The workshop was directed at project management
teachers and focused on recent additions and applications of the project
management curriculum, and ways in which it can be adapted for use by
academicians in India.
The second tutorial was a workshop on project analytics. The tutorial
was aimed at providing an in-depth understanding of the need, relevance,
current practices, challenges, and research issues involved in
effectively integrating data analytics in the project environment. It
introduced participants to the application of big data management so as
to provide strategic advantages to a project manager.
The third tutorial was on project management simulation. The objective
of this tutorial was to expose participants to the use of gaming tools
for teaching project management. The trainer presented them a project
scenario; participants applied project management techniques to find a
way out of the challenges and received scores on project management
parameters to advance into the game.
Winners of PMI India Academic Awards 2017
PMI India Distinguished Fellow Award (Award Value Rs. 5 lakh) - L.S. Ganesh, professor, IIT Madras
PMI India Distinguished Scholar Award - (Award Value Rs. 3 lakh) - Dr.
Devinder Kumar Banwet, vice chancellor, University of Engineering and
Management, Kolkata, & Dr. Kumar Neeraj Jha, associate professor,
PMI India Young Research Scholar Award - (Award Value Rs. 2 lakh) - Dr.
Kanchan Joshi, assistant professor, NITIE, Mumbai, & Dr. Arpan
Kumar Kar, assistant professor, IIT Delhi