LAHORE   -   Executive Development Institute of the National School of Public Policy (NSPP) held two days training workshop on Project Management from June 22 to 23. Ahmad Nazir Warraich, dean EDI on behalf of Dr Ijaz Munir, Rector NSPP, officially inaugurated the session. He emphasized the need of holding a training workshop on Project Management to acquire latest knowledge of the processes of Project Management from initiation of a concept to its closure.

The EDI had designed the course in consultation with the subject specialists. The speakers included Prof Dr Sajjad Mubin, Hassan Hameed, Mohsin Islam Khan, and Dr Faizan Shafique. Participants from various departments including the Ministry of Human Rights, National Telecom Corporation, Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL), Civil Aviation Authority, Capital Development Authority, Military Land and Cantonment Department, Punjab Mineral Development Corporation, Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control, Energy Department, Transport and Mass Transit Department, Police Department, Directorate of Engineering, National Technology Fund, and Akhuwat attended the training course. The areas covered during the training were Project Management Concepts and Definitions, Risk and Stakeholder Management, Sustainability ofProjects, Project Planning and Scheduling, Execution of Projects, Contract Management and Dispute Resolution. Professor Dr Sajjad Mubin highlighted the importance of proper planning of the projects with particular emphasis on validating design from a third party to avoid future problems. He said that the projects should be clearly defined during the planning phase in terms of goals and objectives, timeline, anticipation of risks, stakeholder management, required inputs, and resources. Dr Faizan Shafique gave a lecture on the sustainability of projects while ensuring environmental safety and energy efficiency.  “The projects which were environmentally certified are more sustainable with an added advantage to secure the environment and conserve energy.” He underlined the importance of creating awareness in Pakistan for environmental safety.

Mohsin Islam Khan briefed the participants about planning and scheduling. He said that projects should be based on clearly defined objects, and the work breakdown structure should be based on clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and resources. He further said that scope, time, and resources are three essential elements of project management in making schedules. Hassan Hameed talked about Monitoring and Control. He stressed the need of monitoring the quality of projects throughout the process starting from initiation to the closure of projects including design, cost, and time. He highlighted that the projects in Pakistan face the challenge of delayed completion. Proper monitoring during each and every phase can avoid cost and time overruns. He gave an overview of IT tools for phase-based monitoring of projects. The Executive Development Institute is working for continuous professional development of officers/executives of the public and private sectors by organizing multiple activities of trainings, policy dialogues, talks and webinars.