– Murali Santhanam, PMP
|Light for Education – Vidya Deepa
The chapter continues to actively engage with Rotary Club Bangalore West in the Light for Education initiative under which final year students in villages with limited electricity supply are provided with re-chargeable LED lamps to help them spend more hours for exam preparation. On 23 Jan 2013, the Chapter distributed School Bags and note books to the students of Government High School Yelliur in Devanahalli distirict.
|This is the same School where solar powered LED lamps were distributed by the Chapter to those students some time back. The Chapter was extremely happy to hear that the students have found LED lamps to be very useful in preparing for their final board examinations.
This LED lamp distribution is a part of the initiative of Rotary Bangalore West (RBW). This initiative called Vidya Deepa was started 3 years back and aims to provide the Std X students with solar LED lamps to tackle the power situation in rural areas.
|In this year itself, around 990 students have been given these lamps in 23 schools spread across 12 Taluks in Karnataka. This is a program of large proportion in which RBW gets help from Rotary clubs in the US and also Rotary foundation. (www.rotary.org/Foundation). In this program, PMI Bangalore Chapter has made not only financial contributions, but has also provided the project management & execution expertise. Chapter is planning to help RBW to evaluate this scheme by interacting with end users on this scheme.|
|The Chapter is pleased to share with the members the launch of a New Program called “PM ENRICH”. The first program of PM Enrich was held on Feb 16, 2013 at Royal Orchids hotel. During the inauguration, Vijay Paul, Director Volunteering, higlighted that the aim of the program is to assist the practicing Project Managers to enhance their knowledge base by delving deeper, wider into the treasure house of project management body of knowledge and beyond.|
|The first edition of Enrich on the topic “Steering Project Success.. What more is possible” was facilitated by Mr. Madhavan S Rao, founder of Assurance Consulting. A total of 21 participants attended the work shop with profound interest. The feedback from the participants has been very encouraging and the Chapter intends to hold more sessions under PM Enrich on a regular basis.|
|PMP QUEST Continuing in its pursuit to promote project management knowledge, the Chapter has taken steps to revise its training material as per the new PMBOK (5th edition 2013) for its future PMP Quest training program. The training based on the new curriculum is proposed to be started from June 2013 Quest program.|
|200th PM Footprints
The Chapter hosted the 200th PM Foot Prints session on 14th March 2013 at Hotel Royal Orchid Bangalore central. PM Foot Prints was launched in October 2006 with a thought to provide a platform for sharing experience and knowledge for Project Managers. Since then, PM Foot Prints has been held every alternate Thursday at the same venue. The popularity of the program can be gauged by the number of participants who attend the session regularly.
|The 200th session is a great milestone and the session was hosted as Signature Footprint with an invited speaker. Mr T R Anand a Management Consultant and advisor spoke on the topic “CUSTOMER CENTRIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT — BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES “. Nearly 80 Project Management practitioners attended the talk and enjoyed the new perspectives.
The Chapter recently concluded for election of three new EC members for the Chapter’s Executive Committee against the available vacancies. Join us in congratulating the three new EC members, Mr. Basu Dutta (Independent Consultant), Mr. Nimish Mehta (Century Link) and Mr. Venkatachaliah Babu (Infosys).