IPMA Education & Training Board Series: Case Study: Project Management Education in India


Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak 


In this article, the author looks at the state of project management education in India through the prism of his employer GAIL (India) Ltd ,  a Central Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas which currently has circa 4,000 employees.

The organization’s vision is – “To be the Leading Company in Natural Gas and Beyond, with Global Focus, Committed to Customer Care, Value Creation for all Stakeholders and Environmental Responsibility” and its mission is“To accelerate and optimise the effective and economic use of Natural Gas and its fractions to the benefit of national economy” are helping it propel to the next level of natural gas business in India and abroad.

The author is the head of Projects Department in the organization, and is currently an IPMA Level-A Certification candidate.

Why Project Education is required?

One of the major causes of lackadaisical performance in projects execution in India is the lack of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques related to project management. Many people think that projects don’t need any expertise which is very much contrary to the truth. Project vocabulary, syntax and understanding are something which we cannot fully utilize if we don’t treat it as a separate subject studied like any other field of education.

One or more of the project’s triple constraints of time, cost and quality are often compromised due to less mature systems and processes in place. Of all the phases, project execution is the most affected which plays the pivotal phase in the project being branded as a success or a failure.   The competency development through formal project management education at all the levels of project portfolio – junior level (Scheduler, MIS), middle level (Project Coordinator/ Chief Manager) and senior level (Project Manager/ General Manager) – is the need of the hour for improved project management. Many organizations including GAIL have taken proactive steps to train its manpower in project management.

To further underline the training deficit in India, the difference between certified project professionals available in India and China is highlighted by the figure on the next page.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is provided by the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics.  More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education. 

About the Author

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Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, M. Tech. (Energy Studies), B. Tech. (Electrical), MBA (Finance), Ph. D. is a member of the IPMA Educationand Training Board and is presently pursuing a Post-Doctorate in Business Administration on ‘Organizational Maturity in Project Management’.  He has diverse experience of more than 30 years in various domains of Oil & Gas Industry and has managed projects of a total budget exceeding €5bn. He has authored books on project management and self-development and is a firm believer in positive thinking.