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 the conference.

Pre-conference Tutorials
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, IIT Delhi

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