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Editor’s Note indianflag
SoumenDe Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Chapter, please accept our warm greetings and best wishes for the forthcoming 66th Independence Day anniversary. It is a day when people in India pay
homage to their leaders and those who fought for India's freedom in the past. The struggle for India's Independence is replete with outstanding contributions from various luminary nationalist leaders. But if one were asked to name a leader who undisputedly contributed the most, the name of Mahatma Gandhi would undoubtedly be at the apex.
In this edition we have looked into how Gandhiji contributed to the Independence through a project management lens. Refer to page 2 for details. On the eve of Independence Day, It is also a good time for the Project Management Community to identify opportunities that can contribute to the growth of our country. Let me take an example of manufacturing section, since I come from that background. India's share of manufacturing in GDP has stagnated to 15 % and counts for a mere 12 % of workforce. Thankfully India will be ushering a new manufacturing policy that envisages a raise this share to 25 % by 2022 and creation of additional 100 million jobs in manufacturing sector. Every job in manufacturing has a multiplier effect, creating 3 jobs in service sector. In order to do this turnaround, apart from the government action, India also needs to focus on really focus of creating an ecosystem of supply chain responsiveness, lower logistic costs, innovation and better contract management to name a few. And this can only be possible if India creates a strong pool of skilled workforce including skilled project managers who can successfully execute the projects that will create the ecosystem change mentioned above. I am sure there will be similar opportunities in other sectors (like health care, tourism, insurance etc). Wishing you a Happy Independence Day in advance.
Thanks and Best Wishes,
Soumen De, PMP
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Editorial Board
Murali Santhanam, PMP
Raghavan S.S.V., PMP
Soumen De, PMP

Editorial Assistance

Shikha Vaidh, PMP
Rama K., PMP, PMI-ACP