PMI Bangalore India Chapter

PMI Bangalore India Chapter – Exciting Journey of 20 years

ontributed by Raju Dhole, PMP



In 1997, three individuals, Sheel Thakur, Amar Bhaskar and Purnajit Chatterjee deliberated on the benefits of associating with PMI and opening a Chapter in Bangalore. As a pre-requisite, they got themselves PMPcertified and started the journey of the chapter formation. They interacted with many prominent personalities from the industry and requested them to offer their services as Directors on the Board of the newly proposed chapter.



    Sheel Thakur

Amar Bhaskar

     Amar Bhaskar


   Purnajit Chartterjee


In 1999, the chapter was registered. The chapter leaders started marketing the benefits of associating with PMI through memberships and certifications of PMP to prospective individuals and organizations to solicit memberships and support. The chapter hired one staff to manage the day to day affairs of the chapter.

In 2003, the first PMP Quest training program with a competitive fee structure per candidate was announced by the chapter. Initially this was run once in a quarter on four consecutive days.

There was low response and different venues tried out. Later, this was strategically positioned to run over two weekends, to help project managers aspiring to become PMPs to be able to attend the training program without taking leave from their work. A throwback picture of 2008 PMP quest program.

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In 2007, the monthly newsletter, PM Essence, was launched. The newsletter has been a flagship publication for PMI Bangalore chapter every month.

In 2011, the Chapter received an award for NGO outreach.

In 2015, the chapter hosted the National Conference of PMI India for the 2nd time. As usual, the registration crossed the 1000 mark, which is a testimony of the standards that the chapter maintains while delivering service to its members. It also launched PM Enlight, the 1-1 mentoring program during National Conference.

In 2019, Chapter launched domain-based PM fundamentals for Civil Engineering student under the banner PM Empower.


Interviews with Tejas Sura and Girish Kadam

Contributed by Nibu Thomas, PMP

The PM Essence team had an opportunity to interact with Tejas Sura, the chief guest of the 20th Anniversary of the Bangalore Chapter celebrations. We also captured sound bites from Mr. Girish Kadam, the region mentor for the chapter. Both these gentlemen are PMI members for more than 2 decades!

Having been closely working with various chapters and at the executive level, the Essence team got to ask them questions like – What are some of the changes that you have seen over 20 years in Project Management? What’s the next disruption that project managers can anticipate in project management? How does the Bangalore Chapter compare with other chapters in the world? What are some disruptions and changes that they see happening in the world of project management? If you are a Bangalore Chapter member, your heart will swell with pride at some of the answers. Promise! If you are not, you may find a couple of reasons to quickly sign up!

TEJAS SURA has over 20 years of experience in the construction infrastructure industry in India and USA. He has managed and directed multiple programs and projects simultaneously to ensure continuous service consistent with established standards and client satisfaction.

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Link to Interview –

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GIRISH KADAM has 25+ years IT experience in various roles at onshore/offshore & domains. He has been volunteering to PMI for past 15+ years. Includes his past volunteer work at PMI Central Illinois Chapter (2000 to 2004), VP at PMI Bangalore Chapter (2004 to 2007) & multiple board positions at PMI Pune Deccan India Chapter form 2007 onward including President of the chapter upto March 2017.

 Girish Kadam

Link to Interview –

You can listen to the entire interview by scanning the QR code below using any QR code scanner (including Paytm) available on the play store or the IOS store.

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Join the PM Essence Team!

If you have followed the PM Essence Journey, we hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have had while creating it. Here’s an opportunity to get much closer to the action. The PM Essence team is looking to infuse new blood in the team. If you are passionate about Project Management and written communication, and have ideas on how to take this effort up a notch or two, here’s an opportunity to sharpen your axe! We promise you’ll enjoy your experience and have lots to learn and share. Apply for the 22264 opportunity on VRMS. You will have stories to tell your grand kids. Promise!