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Welcome to the Department of Human Resource Management at University of Kelaniya. Here you will find information on the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, course offerings, faculty research interests, facilities and departmental events.
The Department of Human Resource Management is the national arm that has pioneered HRM education in Sri Lanka with notable landmarks since its inception in 1995. Some of these landmarks are introducing the Bachelor of Business Management (Human Resource Management) degree in 1995; initiating the nation’s first postgraduate diploma in HRM and Master of Human Resource Management degree programmes in 2005 and 2010 respectively. Further, the department has contributed to the development of the HRM profession by offering a Bachelor of Business Management, General (External) Degree Programme for external students which commenced in 1999, and a Higher Diploma in HRM established in 2015. The department also launched the first HRM journal in 2004, while providing leadership for many innovative events. Further, the Department enrolls students to pursue PhD degrees under the supervision of senior academics of the department.

Vision

"To be the best branded HRM Solution Providers in Sri Lanka"

Mission

"Becoming nature's choice for HRM research, consultancies and industry's first choice for HRM graduates and professionals' best choice for HRM/HRD postgraduate students"

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Community Projects by 2nd Year Undergraduates of the Department

Six (06) community-based projects were undertaken by the 2nd year undergraduates of the Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, from March to June 2022. These projects were conducted as a part of the curriculum of the subject BHRM 21242 – Managerial Skills Development under the guidance of Dr. Prabhashini Wijewantha, Senior Lecturer, Department of HRM, and Ms. G. Rushna Preena, Lecturer, Department of HRM. This subject is offered in Level 02 Semester 01 of the Bachelor of Business Management (Honors) in Human Resource. Accordingly, students conducted these projects in line with the targets of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 04 – Quality Education. These projects largely contributed to developing the skills of the youth, which is a focus of SDG 04.
Through these projects, the students improved their communication skills, leadership, self-motivation, handling stress and pressure, decision making, planning, organizing, crisis management, altruism, public speaking, and most importantly, resilience. The students well embraced this opportunity to serve the community while developing themselves. At the same time, the undergraduates could contribute to  enabling the students at rural Sri Lankan schools to gain a quality education.
The whole batch participated in these projects by working in six groups of 24 members each and raised funds through different initiatives by themselves. A brief description of each project is as follows.  
 
Project ‘Paruwa’ – @ Galkanda Vidyalaya, Balangoda, Rathnapura
The project included the following activities.
Activity 01 - Renovation of the school and providing the facilities the school was in short of, such as a computer, a notice board, whiteboards, a cupboard, sports equipment, library books, and special edition books for the grade five students.
Activity 02 - All the students at the school were gifted with writing books, stationery items, water bottles, lunch boxes, and printed cloth bags. In addition, 10 under privileged students were gifted with special gift parcels.
Activity 03 – Above donations were made during an event that allowed primary school children to showcase their skills.
 
Project 'Pintharu' - @ Bandarawela
The project was executed in three phases.
Phase 01 - A leadership development program conducted for the newly appointed batch of prefects of Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya, Bandarawela
Phase 02 – Creating a library and donating books for the children of Sirisangabo
Children's Home, Bandarawela
Phase 03 – Donation of essential study material (books and stationery) for the primary section of Kalupahana Maha Vidyalaya, Bandarawela
 
Project 'Danuma'- @Kandapola Primary School – Rakwana, Godakawela, Rathnapura
The project included the following activities.
Activity 01 – Donation of school stationery, school bags, school shoes, sports uniforms, sports equipment, library books to the school library, and other administrative stationary. In addition, 'Target Question Books' and 'Dalisa Books' were donated for Grade 4 & 5 children preparing for the Grade 05 scholarship exam.
Activity 02 - An English language program to enhance the English language competencies of the students and a valuable motivation program to help them face future challenges were also organized for school children and their parents.
The project team arranged breakfast and other refreshments for the entire school.
 
Project 'Sneha Dhara' @ Godamunna Junior School, Kandy
The project included the following activities.
Activity 01 –Main Hall of the school, where all the students from Grade 6 to 11 carry out their studies, was painted and renovated
Activity 02 - Books and a cupboard were donated to the school library
Activity 03 - An English workshop was conducted for students from Grades 6 to 11
Activity 04 - Fun activities were organized for the students of the primary section
The project team provided refreshments for the whole school.
 
Project ‘Sip Sayura’ - @Weera Colonel Niyomal Palipana Vidyalaya, Muruthawa, Ibbagamuwa, Kurunegala
The project consisted of two phases.
Phase 01 - A Mathematics seminar was conducted for the Grade 11 students of Weera Colonel Niyomal Palipana Vidyalaya, Mukalanaya Thaksala Vidyalaya, and Halawa Kanishta Vidyalaya. Refreshments were provided for the participants.
Phase 02 - A set of exercise books and other school stationery were distributed to all the students of Niyomal Vidyalaya as per their requirements.
 
Project ‘Nana Pahasata Diya Dothak’ - @Atanikitha Vidyalaya, Thiththagalla, Galle
An old classroom of the school was renovated and developed as a library by painting the room, polishing the floor, drawing artwork on walls, and arranging all other necessities to transform it into a library. Further library books were also donated under the project.
 

University of Kelaniya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with H R Mates Lanka (Pvt) Ltd to gain HRMS training which could be a great opportunity for the undergraduates

University of Kelaniya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with H R Mates Lanka (Pvt) Ltd on April 20, 2023. The signed MoU will create a platform for undergraduates to gain HRMS training which could be a great opportunity for them. HRIS training can be valuable for those pursuing careers in HR or related fields, and having access to a platform specifically designed for this purpose could help undergraduates gain relevant skills and experience. This kind of training could potentially make them more competitive in the job market.
The signing ceremony was attended and addressed by several notable individuals. Vice-Chancellor Senior Professor Nilaththi De Silva addressed the audience with her thoughts on the significance of the MoU, highlighting the potential benefits it could bring to both parties. Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Prof. P. N. D. Fernando, also shared his excitement for the partnership and expressed his hope for a fruitful collaboration between the two organizations. Head of the Department of Human Resource Management, Senior Lecturer Mr. M. D. P. Pieris, offered his perspective on the role of HR in the modern business landscape and how this partnership could help prepare students for success in the field. Meanwhile, Mr. Malinda Balasooriya, Director/CEO at H R Mates Lanka, emphasized the significance of catering well-trained graduates to the industry to meet the needs of them. Their speeches added depth and meaning to the event and showcased the enthusiasm and dedication of the University of Kelaniya towards this new venture.
We are grateful for the contributions of Dr. Mudith Wijesundara to creating an important connection, as well as the guidance provided by the Head of Department, Senior Lecturer, Mr. M D P Pieris. We also appreciate the support provided by everyone as they have been immensely valuable and are greatly appreciated.

The Lord of the Debates - 2022” Concluded on the Final Day of Investment Week 2022

After a tuff and intense battle, the HRM department’s debating team successfully won the “Lord of the Debates - 2022” debating competition. The inter-departmental contest organized by the second-year undergraduates of the Department of Finance, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya was held on 25th November 2022 at the A.T.H. Sunil Shantha Memorial Auditorium of the Faculty.
The thrilling grand finale of the debate competition featured two top-notch teams representing the Department of Human Resource Management and the Department of Commerce and Financial Management. The topic debated was the pressing issue of whether IMF bailout is a solution or not for the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka. After an intense and riveting debate, the team, which represented the Department of Human Resource Management emerged as the champion, showcasing their impressive skills and knowledge in the field. Herein, the immense support given by Mr. Tharindu Dhananjaya Weerasinghe - Senior Lecturer - Department of HRM in providing guidance and nurturing them with the knowledge is highly appreciated. 
Ms. Hashini Maheshi of the HRM department’s team secured the coveted title of "Best Debater," further cementing their victory.
The other members of the winning team include,
1. Rahma Saadiya Zuhri
2. Lasandie De Silva
3. Buddhini Ruwani and,
4. Jude Jonathan
All are HRM second-year students of 2020/2021 Academic year.
The panel of judges for this impressive event included distinguished experts in the field, such as Dr P.D.C.S. Dharmadasa, a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Kelaniya, Mr Shiran Fernando, the Chief Economist at The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, and Ms Buddhi Pathiraja, the Associate Director at BDO Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd.
Overall, the event was a true testament to the incredible talent and expertise of the participants, who passionately debated one of the most pressing economic issues of our time, leaving the audience captivated and inspired.
Dr P.N.D. Fernando, Dean Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Prof. R. Abeysekera, Head, Department of Finance, Cadre Chair and Senior Prof. Chitra Ranjani, Prof. D. K. Y. Abeywardena, Head, Department of Accountancy and Prof. S.S. Weligamage, Professor, Department of Finance, including the academic staff members of the Department of Finance, Department of Human Resource Management, Department of Commerce and Financial Management and the undergraduates of the same Departments honored the event.
 
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The HRM Students Research Symposium and the Internship Certificate Awarding Ceremony 2022

The HRM Students Research Symposium and the Internship Certificate Awarding Ceremony 2022 organized by the Department of Human Resource Management, University of Kelaniya were held on the 25th of February 2023. The event organized for the 9th consecutive time was held at the Sunil Shantha Memorial Auditorium of the Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya.
The ceremony commenced with the welcome speech by the Symposium Chair Mr M D P Pieris – the Head of the Department.
The first session was the Students’ Research Symposium which created an insightful platform for students to share their research findings. The Internship Certificate Awarding Ceremony was held thereafter as the second session. It included an internship experience-sharing session for the students.
Dr P. N. D. Fernando, the Dean of the Faculty, graced the Students’ Research Symposium as the Guest of Honor, while Dr Prabashini Wijewantha of the Department of HRM delivered the keynote speech. Ms Erosha Fernando - Head of Talent and HR Services at INSEE Cement delivered the keynote speech at the Internship Certificate Awarding Ceremony.
The ceremony was a true celebration of the commitment and hard work of the students. They were awarded certificates to appreciate their successful completion of research and Internships by the Symposium Chair, Guest of Honour, and all the senior lecturers who presented. Moreover, the industry partners were also admired for providing internship opportunities for the students by awarding tokens of appreciation.
Overall, it was an unforgettable event, showcasing the talents and drive of the students and their dedication to the field of human resource management.
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The University of Kelaniya has recently renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Toc H Institute of Science and Technology (TIST). The MoU aims to enhance cooperation in the fields of academics, research, and cultural exchange programs. The original MoU was signed in 2014, and the renewed agreement reaffirms the commitment of both institutions to work together to achieve their shared goals.
The MoU provides opportunities for students and academics to visit each other's institutions under their educational programs. The renewed agreement will enable students and faculty members to travel to the partner institution for studies, training and research. This will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences between the two institutions, benefiting students and academics from both TIST and the University of Kelaniya.
In addition to promoting academic cooperation, the MoU also aims to strengthen cultural ties between the two institutions. The renewed agreement will enable both institutions to organize joint cultural programs, events, and activities, providing opportunities for students and academics to learn about each other's cultures and traditions.
The signing ceremony was attended by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Senior Professor Nilaththi De Silva, and the President of the Toc H group of institutions, Allex Matthews.
Overall, the renewed MoU between TIST and the University of Kelaniya represents a significant step towards promoting academic and cultural exchange between India and Sri Lanka, providing new opportunities for students and academics from both institutions to learn, grow, and collaborate.

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