ALIGARH : “The significance of Project Management is well noticed in almost every walk of life, be it industry, academia or research and conceptualization, scheduling, implementation, monitoring and successful delivery of a project requires a lot of formal efforts including keeping pace with the current trends”, said Professor Qazi Mazhar Ali (Dean, Faculty of Science, AMU) while addressing the inaugural session of a three-day online workshop on “Art of Successful Project Management” conducted by the Department of Computer Science, Aligarh Muslim University.
He said the workshop on such an important topic is need of the hour and more such skill-based workshops should be organized.
Welcoming the guests and participants, Professor Aasim Zafar (Chairperson, Department of Computer Science) said that the demand for skilled Project Managers is growing at a faster rate and recent researches show that employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year until 2027.
He said that the workshop has been organized with an objective to help students, fresh industry recruits, alumni, researchers, and faculty members upgrade their skills and make them aware of the importance of trending skills and roles in the field.
He said that around 300 participants had registered for the workshop including 13 industry professionals, 60 teachers and 227 students from all over the country and abroad. The foreign participants hailed from Ethiopia, Iraq, Oman, Singapore and Australia.
Professor Zafar pointed out that the cost of receive training and tutorial support for the preparation for PMP/PRINCE2 Certification exams ranges from Rs 15,000/- to 45,000/, while the examination fee is around Rs 24,000/- to 42,000/-. “The department did not charge any course fee and even the registration was free”, he added, hoping that the participants would sincerely participate in the workshop to brush up their skillset.
He said the department has planned to conduct a series of workshops with sufficient hands-on training on various topics like Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Python, Project Management System, Image Processing, Cyber Security and Data Forensics, Information Security, Blockchain, IoT, Cloud Computing, Bioinformatics, Semantic Web, etc.
Dr Parvez Mahmood Khan (Director, Prof Naseem Ahmad Farooqui Computer Centre) conducted the technical sessions based interactive question-answer interactions between the speakers and participants.
Addressing the valedictory session, the chief guest, Prof M Shafey Kidwai (Member Incharge, Public Relations Office and Professor, Department of Mass Communication) emphasized the importance of “communication skills” to become a successful Project Manager. He pointed out that the use of common conversation words make the communication more meaningful rather than using difficult and obscure words. He elaborated the nuances of good writing, spoken language, verbal and technical communication.
Prof Kidwai appreciated the efforts of the faculty members for successfully organizing the workshop and wished that more online activities will be organized for the benefit of teachers, research scholars, and students during the Covid-created difficult situation.
Prof Aasim Zafar extended the vote of thanks while Prof Mohd Ubaidullah Bokhari (Workshop Coordinator) conducted all sessions of the workshop.