Infrastructure Quarterly

Professor Chandan Chowdhury, Executive Director, PLIIM

Our Vision & Mission

Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management (PLIIM) is established within the Indian School of Business as a specialist Institute to support its Infrastructure agenda. The Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management seeks to help create top quality management capacity for the Infrastructure and Real Estate Sectors.


To create high-quality leadership and management capacity for the infrastructure and real estate sectors and create an understanding of the sustainability dimensions impacting the sectors, by delivering quality education, contextual research, and continuous outreach.

  • Create top-quality educational and training programs
  • Facilitate learning through online programs
  • Undertake research that is contextual to the Indian and developing country context
  • Develop tools and decision support systems to support the infrastructure practice
  • Undertake continuous outreach to support the sector
  • Serve as a "Go to" place for the infrastructure sector in India and abroad.

The Punj Lloyd Institute undertakes various initiatives to guide the infrastructure sector toward efficient and sustainable development through research initiatives, knowledge-sharing events, and training public officials and industry professionals. To meet its vision, the institute works closely with corporates in three verticals, Education, Outreach, and Research.


AMPI: Co2024

Students with Prof Chandan Chowdhury

  • The second term of the Co2024 was successfully conducted from the 15th to the 23rd of July at the Mohali campus
  • There were two guest speaker sessions during the residency
  • The students studied core subjects related to infrastructure during the residency and made presentations on the progress made in their action learning projects.
Workshop on Digital Leadership in the Power Sector

Attendees of PSPCL Workshop

The PLIIM in association with External Relations hosted a one-day workshop for employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on 15 July 2023 at the Mohali Campus

The highlights of the workshop are as under:

  • Shri Tejveer Singh IAS, Principal Secretary, Power and Department of Governance Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of Punjab: Context setting.
  • Professor Madan Pillutla, Dean and Professor, Organisational Behaviour, ISB: The Psychology of Negotiations.
  • Professor Pranav Jindal, ISB: Customer-based decision-making.
  • Chandan Chowdhury, Senior Associate Dean and Practice Professor (Operations Management and Information Systems), ISB: Business Challenges of power generation companies in India and digital leadership.

The workshop was very well received by the attendees.

Proposed Management Development Program for PSPCL

The PLIIM has submitted a workshop proposal for the training of employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. Besides the regular management courses, we have also proposed to conduct domain-specific topics like Commercial policies of discoms, Leveraging technology for the transformation of generation and Distribution Business, Understanding Power Scenario: Global Trends and India Perspectives and Tariff determination: Theoretical Insights and Practical Perspectives.


A Decade of Infrastructure Development in India: Trends and Insights
  • A detailed secondary analysis of infrastructure companies and benchmarking with global indices has been completed
  • In the next phase, we are conducting primary research to identify gaps and shortcomings in the sector
  • With assistance of Chairman Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management, Mr Atul Punj, we are reaching out to Industry leaders in the infrastructure sector to obtain their insights
  • Chandan Chowdhury has interacted with the following:​
    • RK Singh: Principal Advisor to MD of InterGlobe Aviation
    • Amit Kumar Uplenchwar: Director at Kalpataru Projects International Limited​
  • We are in the process of interacting with a few more industry leaders
  • Based on insights gained, we will be sending out a detailed survey to companies in the infrastructure to identify their pain points
  • We are also in the process of signing an MoU with CII to obtain their support in reaching out to a wide set of respondents through their extensive database.
Smart Cities Index India
  • PLIIM had published a report titled report "Smart Cities Index: A Tool for Evaluating Cities" in 2017. Based on recent changes in Smart Cities status in India and the Government emphasis on their establishment, we have decided to revisit the project
  • We have collected data from secondary sources such as government databases published by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs at​ to update key parameters in our report
  • Data for 53 cities has been updated for parameters available on secondary sources to compare the development in infrastructure across cities from 2017-2023 ​
  • These parameters were further categorized into 5 broad characteristics which constitute the smart cities index
  • We have expanded our scope of research and are now in the process of collating data for 47 additional cities from the available secondary sources.


Speaker Session by Dr. Arul Shanmugasundaram, Executive Director, Ayana Renewable Power Pvt. Ltd.

Topic: Energy Transition from Fossil Fuel to Renewables - Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Arul Kumar Shanmugasundaram, Executive Director, Ayana Renewable Power Pvt. Ltd., delivered a guest lecture on “Energy Transition from Fossil Fuel to Renewables—Opportunities and Challenges” to the Advanced Management Program for Infrastructure as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.

The lecture commenced with an insightful overview of the global power generation mix from 2020 to 2050. Dr. Shanmugasundaram shed light on the predicted decline of coal and gas, with their share expected to be 31%, while solar and wind energies are projected to rise to 62% by 2050. This energy transition is being observed in numerous countries worldwide, signifying a significant shift towards renewable sources.

The talk received an enthusiastic response from the students.

PLIIM Team with Dr. Arul Shanmugasundaram

Speaker Session by Mr. Manish Kumar, Senior Consultant, World Bank Group

Topic: Institutional and Regulatory Economics of Infrastructure

Mr. Manish Kumar

Mr. Manish Kumar, Senior Consultant, World Bank Group, delivered an online talk to the Advanced Management Program for Infrastructure as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.

Mr. Manish Kumar gave a talk with an aeroplane perspective on the economics of the infrastructure sector in India. Disrupted infrastructure services have multiple impacts on firms.

He stated that every Re 1 spent on infrastructure returns Rs 3 to society. Infrastructure impacts poorer people much more than the rich. With an annual spend of about 3% of GDP on infrastructure, India has a long way to go. He spoke about market failure with some examples. Imperfect information is a major cause of market failure. He gave a perspective on institutions at various levels and their role as incentive structures of society.

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