The Government will Provide Policy Support to Develope Project Management as Specilised Displine – Shriprakash Jaiswal

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The Government will provide policy support to recognize project management as specialized discipline and to put in place institutional arrangements to develop it as an important stream of management studies. Addressing the National Consultation on Certification of Project Managers organized by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation here today, Minister for State of Coal and Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri Sripraksh Jaisawal said that India’s growth story lies heavily on the effective management of its huge infrastructure agenda, and in particular on the successful and timely completion of major projects. Therefore, learning and using the best project management practices is crucial ingredient for high GDP growth in India in coming years, he observed.

Expressing concern over time and cost overruns in some Central Sector Projects, Shri Sriprakash Jaisawal said it is major problem affecting these projects, however due to monitoring by his Ministry the cost of overruns has come down from 62% in 1991 to 13.9% in December, 2009. He said that there is need to develop a cadre of professionally trained Project Managers so that complex and large infrastructure projects are professionally managed.

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) has been monitoring central sector projects on monthly basis in 16 key infrastructure sectors with respect to time and cost overrun in to flag the issues and to suggest to the corrective action.

It is estimated that the country has about 1.8 lakh Project Managers in various sectors. About 20,000 or so in all are certified till date by various agencies. The strength of Project Managers in India is growing by about 36,000 yearly but the country is still short of trained and certified Project Managers in line with the requirements.

A major step up in infrastructure is contemplated in the current 11th Plan with an estimated investment of over Rs.20 lakh crore in key infrastructure by Central Government, State Government and Private Sector. This would not be possible within the stipulated time and funds if the skill of our Project Managers is not improved.

A National Consultation in Certification of Project Managers has been organized by MOSPI at Vigyan Bhawan on with the following objectives:-

(i) To assess the training & certification needs of existing and future Project Managers working in the country both in Public and Private sectors in consultation with representatives of Ministries, CPSEs and Private sector.

(ii) To assess to what extent these needs can be met by B-schools and by PMI, IPMA and other institutions of higher learning.

(iii) To assess Government intervention required.

It is being attended by over 150 delegates from Central Government Ministries, CPSEs, Private sector, B-schools, Academics and Certification Institutes.

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Coal, Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal lighting the lamp to inaugurate the workshop on National Consultation on Certification of Project Managers being organized by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, in New Delhi on June 23, 2010. The Chief Statistician of India & Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Dr. Pronab Sen is also seen.
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Coal, Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal lighting the lamp to inaugurate the workshop on National Consultation on Certification of Project Managers being organized by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, in New Delhi on June 23, 2010. The Chief Statistician of India & Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Dr. Pronab Sen is also seen.

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