IPM to head North
The Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka [IPMSL] invited Prof.
K. Thevarajah, Dean, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce,
University of Jaffna to the IPM on November 20 to initiate discussions
on how and when both institutions could introduce all facets of Human
Resource Management [HRM] to the peninsula specifically and thereafter
to the Northern Province in general.
The successful meeting concluded with
the Acting President Ajith R. De Costa presenting Prof K.
Thevarajah a memento a token of appreciation from the IPM
with the apt words: “In Appreciation of Your Esteemed
Presence at HR House on Friday November 20 signifying a New
Chapter and Path for IPM to tread towards the Northern
Province of this Blessed Isle.”
Prof. K. Thevarajah was welcomed by Ajith R. De Costa, the Acting
President IPMSL, Vice Presidents Maj Rohitha Amarapala, Air Cdr Rohitha
Ranasinghe, Council Member C. Gannile, the CEO of IPM Dyan Seneviratne,
the Director of Studies Mrs Kusum Salgado, the Deputy Director Finance
and Admin P.G. Tennakoon, Senior Resource Person Mrs Lakshmi de Zoysa.
Prof K. Thevarajah was taken on a guided tour throughout the IPM
building where he was particularly impressed with the array of precious
and noteworthy books so beneficial for students and resource persons
Prof Thevarajah was also shown the spacious study rooms and
lecture/examination halls with its state-of-the-art facilities and later
hosted at the impressive Members’ Lounge. The formal meeting took place
in IPM’s stately Boardroom, chaired by Ajith De Costa, the Acting
President. There was a lively exchange of ideas amongst those present.
Prof. K. Thevarajah, the Dean Faculty of Management Studies and
Commerce, University of Jaffna surprised many by his disclosure that in
spite of the hardship, grief and torment the people of the North had to
endure during the three decades of a protracted war, education was held
paramount and therefore the University of Jaffna carried on sans any
interruptions despite the tumultuous and violent environment.
This revelation only confirmed the tenacity and single-mindedness of
the ‘Jaffna-Man’ when it comes to education nothing else matters
Prof. Thavarajah also confirmed that there is a demand for expertise
in Human Resource Management now that the entire complexion is fast
changing in Jaffna Responding C. Gannile explained that the
aforementioned reality was the reasons behind this initiative for the
IPM to head North.
The Director Business School Mrs Kusum Salgado suggested that
initially the IPM could conduct courses based on the Certificate in
Human Resources [CCHRM] and that eventually a mechanism could be
formulated to draw eminently suitable lecturers from University of
Jaffna and the general area.