Volunteers Deliver Project Management Training to Over 175 Teachers in India


12 September 2016

Kendra Modzelewski

Written by Kendra Modzelewski

Volunteers in a classroom look at a speaker in the middle.

Two experienced PMI India volunteers utilized PMIEF no-cost resources to deliver training to over 175 teachers across two locations in New Delhi, India. The volunteers praised the experience as “unique” and important to building future leaders in India.

The PMI Educational Foundation has delivered a volunteer-supported teacher training in India that focuses on project management skills and knowledge, and how project management knowledge can create future leaders.  Two experienced PMI volunteers, Kalyan Satyavada and Vivek Sonar, under the guidance of PMI India staff member Leena Gupte, were able to facilitate the three-hour teacher training that reached over 175 teachers at two locations. 

Kalyan and Vivek delivered project management training at two different schools (units of Tagore International School) in the New Delhi area.  By utilizing a PMIEF no-cost Learning Resource to support the training, both trainers delivered a consistent program that covered important project basics.  The training focused on project management as a life skill and how to manage a project cycle.  Teachers were also given information about the PMI Educational Foundation, including about the PMIEF Learning Resources Library. 

Kalyan and Vivek understand that this training is just the beginning for many teachers.  Some teacher participants expressed interest in using project management methodology to manage their classrooms better, and others planned to expand their PM knowledge by completing a virtual training on the Project Management Toolkit for Teachers® so that they can deliver PM knowledge to their students.   

Vivek is a Project Management Professional® (PMP) and the Chair of the PMI India Champion Program, a volunteering initiative sponsored by PMI India. While Vivek is no stranger to volunteering, he shared enthusiasm about this particular opportunity, which was very different from his 28 years of professional experience in the automotive industry.  Vivek said, “The teachers … were very receptive and eager to learn as we could relate the basics of project management to the projects they run for the school kids throughout the academic year.” 

Kalyan, a Project Management Professional®(PMP) and also a PMI – Agile Certified Professional (PMI ACP), with over sixteen years of experience in the IT field, has been appointed as a PMI India Senior Champion, a dedicated volunteer who gives back to the profession through volunteerism.  Kalyan expressed his admiration for teachers, who take a huge responsibility in building the nation’s future leaders.  He was encouraged by the teacher feedback.  “[The teachers], with the knowledge that they gained, can achieve more success in future projects, and also can help guide the students to attain leadership qualities,” he said.  Kalyan was grateful to be part of “a great initiative to build our nation, which needs leaders.” 

Teacher training programs in project management are an excellent way for a small number of volunteers to reach a large number of students.  Thank you to PMI India, and to Vivek and Kalyan for their dedication to leveraging project management for social good®.  To continue inspiring teacher training programs like these, please consider making a gift to the PMI Educational Foundation.