Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Calcutta Regional Centre host National Seminar on Project Management in association with PMI West Bengal Chapter

Mumbai: Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Calcutta Regional Centre and PMI West Bengal Chapter hosted two-day national seminar on project management on November 29th-30th 2019 in Kolkata. The theme of the seminar was “Project Management – Concerns, Techniques and Solutions”.

The purpose of this seminar was to create awareness about the changes taking place in project implementation processes due to advent of modern technologies which include emerging tools such as Smart Engineering, IoT, AI, etc. The seminar was graced by industry experts from steel & metal, oil & gas, hydrocarbon, energy and infrastructure sector, engineering consultants, EPC contractors, IT industry, lending agencies and audit & advisory consultants. The two-day seminar included panel discussion on various topics such as:

· Recent trends in project management

· Financing and credit risk issues of a project

· Project Management – Expert Approach

· Effective Project Management

· IT, Digital Technology and AI in Project Implementation

· Case studies of some recent projects

· Round Table discussion on Knowledge Management with IT tools, IoT and AI

Commenting on the seminar, Mr Abhijit Mitra, Honorary Secretary of Calcutta Regional Centre, IIChE, said, “We are honoured to be associated with Project Management Institute for hosting the National Seminar. The seminar focused on the vital role that project management can play in achieving the technological goals for different sectors. Moreover, the event provided an opportunity for project managers, young engineers in project and planning and students from Engineering and Management institutes to listen to industry experts from manufacturing, engineering, IT industry, and even academia.”

Commenting on the seminar, Dr. Srini Srinivasan, Managing Director, PMI India said, “With continuous technology evolution, there will be constant upgrades in the way we work. We may have options of newer, better and more efficient ways to execute a given task. Professionals will be required to enhance and update their technological, skills while maintaining a strong knowledge base of their project management skills. Organizations, for their part, will need to invest in technology and training, in order to strengthen their Project Management Technology Quotient (PMTQ). In this seminar, we focused on the concerns, discuss solutions and explored the way forward for Chemical, Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Refineries and other related industries. We must keep our minds open, find new age solutions, and throw open those windows of opportunities for ourselves.”

Mr. Sukhen Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Director (Finance), Hindustan Copper Ltd. graced the occasion as Chief Guest and delivered the Inaugural Address at the Seminar. Mr. Alok Mukherjea, Former President BCCI & CII Eastern Region, Mr. Biswanath Chattopadhyay, CEO IVL Dhunseri Petrochem, Mr. Rabin Mukhopadhyay, Exe. VP, HPL, were the Guests of Honour and also addressed the gathering.

Keynote speakers at the seminar were Ms. Sanchita Mitra Mustauphy, Chief Credit Officer, TATA Capital Financial Services Ltd., and Mr. Ashutosh Vaidya, Chief Delivery Officer, TATA Technologies Ltd.,

Other eminent speakers to name a few were Mr Sanjay Tripathi, Chief Project Planning, Tata Steel, Kalinganagar Project, Mr. Sugata Bandyopadhyay, Tata Consulting Engineers, and Mr. Dipankar Chakraborti, PWC.

Round table discussion included senior level participants from PMI, IIChE-CRC and senior officers from various industry sectors.

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