With InfraBlaze in its fifth year, the students of SCMHRD organized this year's event based on the theme “Reviving Private Sector Participation in the Infrastructure Sector” with issues such as Sharing of Risks, Problems Associated with Achieving Financial Closure and Project Structuring with the added Complexity of Patented Technologies being some the topics discussed in detail.
The tone of the event was set by the Director, Dr. Pratima Sheorey who emphasized on the importance of experiential learning opportunities provided to the students through events like Infrablaze in addition to getting insights into real life situations.
Padmabhushan Dr. S B Mujumdar, founder and president of Symbiosis, also graced the event with his presence. He highlighted the dependence and interdependence between various disciplines needed to bring about a change in the society. He also underlined the need to empower the common people to take charge of their own lives by being proactive so that they become better citizens and community members rather than relying on people to do so.
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro-Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed) University, thanked Shri. Kiran Gitte, Commissioner, PMRDA for his support extended to Symbiosis. She was confident that SCMHRD students would get learning opportunities by working in various projects undertaken by PMRDA.
Shri Kiran Gitte gave insights into the evolution of Pune and shared developmental plans that PMRDA has for the city in the coming 30 years as well as the many initiatives being undertaken to alleviate the problems bedeviling the Pune region. He also spoke in detail about the third metro line originating from Hinjewadi. He highlighted the importance of Public private Partnerships (PPP) to realize the ambitious plans for Pune Metro service.
Dr. Esther Malini Victor, GM Contracts, L&T IDPL spoke on issues related to road and infrastructure development. Ms. Ritu Goswami, Dy. GM Technical, NFL shared her experience of setting up new fertilizer plants. These projects were based on licensed processes and hence choice of partners including the contractor played a significant role. She elaborated on various attributes on which a contractor and contract is selected. Mr. Rajarama Rao, CEO and President of PMI’s Pune Deccan Chapters talked about the importance and relevance of procurement with specific reference to infrastructure projects. Mr. Makrand Hardas, VP Academic Interface PMI’s Pune Deccan Chapter elaborated on the support provided by PMI Pune to students aspiring for PMI certifications. Dr. Ajit Patwardhan, on behalf of World Bank, provided detailed information on why infrastructure projects get stalled in India?
The sessions were extremely enthralling and interactive with inquisitive students asking a plethora of questions.
The event ended with Dr. Rahul Hiremath, Assistant Professor, extending a vote of thanks.