Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka

HR House, #43, Vijaya Kumaranathunga Mawatha,
Colombo 5
Sri Lanka
Tel: +941-2199986,
+941-2199987, +941-2199988,
+941-2199988, +941-2768278,
Fax: +941-2819988

In 1959, IPM Sri Lanka was founded with the objective of developing the profession of Personnel Management. Subsequently the Institute was incorporated by an Act of parliament No 24 in 1976.

With the small beginnings in 1959 the Institute has developed to be the leading Human Resource authority in Sri Lanka. The Institute has contributed significantly to develop and nurture the Human Resource Management profession in the country.

The Institute whilst catering to needs of the membership specially in regard to the upgrading of their knowledge and skills, has conducted a wide range of professional study courses which include the prestigious National Diploma in Human Resource Management which has now being upgraded to 'Professional Qualification in Human Resource Management' and thereby train quality HR professionals required by the country.

Although the years have brought many changes in the profession, the Institute is firmly committed to maintain high standards in the profession of Human Resource Management and development.

The Institute is governed by an elected Council headed by the President. Under the direction of the Council, the functions and activities of the institute are performed by the respective standing committees, and the Secretariat and the Business School which are manned by permanent staff.

IPM Sri Lanka is a member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management through which the Institute is affiliated to the World Federation of People Management Associations.

APFHRM country reports

The members of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM) meet regularly to share ideas, perspectives and information relating to the practice of HR in the Asia Pacific region and their individual institutes. Below are the country reports for Sri Lanka.

April 2017
September 2016
March 2016
September 2015
April 2015
September 2014
March 2014

September 2012
March 2012
August 2011

President of the Executive Council

Professor Ajantha Dharmasiri

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dyan Seneviratne

Chairman International Affairs

Janaka Kumarasinghe

Number of members


Major events

National HR Conference

National HR Conference 2015, the flagship event organized by the Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka is the most inclusive learning forum for the HR community to congregate. It is held along with a series of activities to promote the profession of HR.

Date – 16-17 June, 2015

Venue – Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH, Colombo)

The other activities connected to the conference are

HR Service Providers Exhibition: HR Service Providers' Exhibition, created for the HR service providers is a great opportunity for them to showcase their products and services to the HR professionals and other interested parties during the National HR Conference. The objective in brief is to promote HRM as an industry.

Great HR Debate: Debates amongst diverse teams are held with objective of promoting HR thinking in organisations. The grand finale of this much sort-after debate is held annually as a pre-conference activity.

Award of IPM Gold Medal: Outstanding contributions in the field of HRM are recognized by awarding the IPM Gold medal at the National HR Conference after strict criteria-based selection.

NIPM-India and IPM Sri Lanka HR Professionals Exchange Programme: This is an annual event in existence from 2004 with only a few interruptions within the period.Here a group of at least 10 HR professionals tour each others' country for around a week, coinciding with each country's National HR conference. This is coupled with industry visits and recreational programmes: all these events were initiated consequent to a warm relationship built during an APFHRM meeting held in Hong Kong in 2002 between then Presidents of NIPM and IPM Sri Lanka, Shri Partha Chaterjee and Janaka Kumarasinghe respectively. Today, members of both the institutes eagerly look forward to this annual exchange visit.

Annual Convocation Ceremony: This is the graduation ceremony of the PQHRM (Professional Qualification in Human Resource Management) programme and other study courses held in October each year. On an average over one thousand students receive their certificates during the Annual Graduation ceremony

Members' Get together: Members' annual get together is arranged for the members and their immediate families to develop camaraderie and networking amongst the members.

Annual Dinner Dance: The annual dinner dance is organized especially for the younger members of the profession to network and build relationships with each other.

Primary publications

People Power Magazine ( Four publications per year

HRM Perspective Journal (One publication per year)

HR Excellence Award

HR Excellence Award is a unique awards programme that has been specifically designed to recognize the untiring efforts and accomplishments of individuals who help fuel the mission of the Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka (Inc.) in its quest to promote and propagate best practices in the sphere of people management. This prestigious awards programme is a featured event in the National HR Conference and a critical component in how we acknowledge, value and appreciate HR practitioners for their visionary leadership, their passion towards promoting the HR profession and, above all, for expending their invaluable time and commitment to making a difference in the lives of those who are being served by them.

People Leaders' Award

People Leaders' Award is a unique "first-of-its-kind" awards programme aimed at recognizing "Best People Practices" among business managers from across a multitude of disciplines. This unique Award programme is a National Level initiative undertaken by IPM Sri Lanka to recognize Finance, Marketing, and Supply Chain professionals for their contribution towards promoting sound and vibrant people management practices in the world of Work. The Programme was delivered in collaboration with three leading professional bodies that represent the Finance, Marketing, and Supply Chain professions in Sri Lanka, namely, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka); Chartered Institute of Marketing- Sri Lanka Region and The Institute of Supplies and Material Management (ISMM).