Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka

HR House, #43, Vijaya Kumaranathunga Mawatha,
Colombo 5
Sri Lanka
Tel: +941-2199988, +941-2768278, +941-2809902
Fax: +941-2819988

IPM Sri Lanka is the country’s premier professional body of human resource management practitioners. The Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1976 for the genera advancement of the principles, practice and techniques of personnel management in Sri Lanka.

IPM Sri Lanka has earned the confidence of aspiring individuals, practicing HR managers and employers for its pioneering role as the torchbearer of the HR profession in the country and is ranked as the undisputed leader amongst the providers of professional HR education in Sri Lanka. Our range of superior and industry-relevant study courses, course recognition, international affiliations, state-of-the art infrastructure, highly acclaimed faculty, academic performance and a host of ‘student-centric aspects’ have enabled IPM Sri Lanka to emerge as the Nation’s Leader in human resource management.

With its humble beginning in 1959, the Institute has developed into the leading ‘Human Resource Authority’ in Sri Lanka. During this period, the Institute has contributed significantly to develop and nurture the human resource management profession. Whilst catering to the needs of the Membership, especially with regard to the upgrading of their knowledge and skills, the Institute also conducts a wide range of professional study courses, which include the prestigious IPM Professional Qualification in Human Resource Management (PQHRM).

IPM is a member of the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) in Sri Lanka and also functions as a member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM) through which the Institute is affiliated to the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA).

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

Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. P.G. Tennakoon -

Chairman International Affairs

Janaka Kumarasinghe

Number of members


Major events

National Human Resource Conference (NHRC) : 6th & 7th June 2018

The National HR Conference is an annual event organized by the Institute of Personnel Management [IPM SL]. Each year, the conference sees a large gathering of CEOs, HR professionals, academics, students, Gurus and professionals from various disciplines. We expect around 1,000 participants at this Conference. The National HR Exhibition concurrently conducted would provide insight into HR products and other allied services available to enhance the effectiveness of the HR profession.

The other activities connected to the conference are:

  • National HR Exhibition: National HR 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.
  • PQHRM HR Professional of the Year

This prestigious award was awarded with a view to recognizing the significant contribution of individuals who have successfully completed PQHRM qualification and fulfilled their individual, organisational and societal obligations through creative and innovative people management practices. As per the criteria laid down, the eminent panel of judges will select the winner who emerge as the best amongst numerous other contenders since the demand for this award is significantly high.

HR Leaders’ Award

HR Leaders’ Awards recognized the efforts of the HR and L&D professionals within private and public sector entities by acknowledging groundbreaking initiatives and innovative HR practices adopted by them, thereby creating value within the business landscape.

Awarded under three KRA’s of the HR discipline: Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development and Industrial/Employee Relations, people-oriented individuals who have produced benchmark results in these key HR facets will be awarded the prestigious HR Leaders’ Award in recognition of their overall excellence in these HR practices.

  • Graduation Ceremony – 30th October 2017

Another momentous milestone of the Institute that crowns hundreds of new HR Practitioners each year

  • Business Leaders’ Forum 2018 –22nd March 2018

This is a flagship event in the IPM calendar, which sees a large gathering of over 200 CEOs of the country’s blue-chip organization, each year.

Primary publications

People Power: The IPM continues to release the quarterly issue of “People Power” magazine.

HR Perspective Journal: We continue producing the HR Perspective Journal twice a year with many insightful articles for the benefit of the Members and academia.

Great HR Practices

‘Great HR Practices’ is yet another ‘First’ by IPM Sri Lanka, where a special knowledge sharing forum was created for the trend setters in the field of HR to share their benchmark HR practices with peer organizations. Apart from recognizing novel and value-adding HR practices that have evolved from among Sri Lankan organizations, this was proposed to fill the lacuna that prevails in the sphere of literature on best HR practices in the country. The forum also enabled organizations to showcase their best practices to the country’s business community and be duly rewarded for such worthy efforts.

The Great HR Quiz

Another landmark event, in Sri Lanka’s HR arena and is indeed hot on the heels of the hugely successful ‘The Great HR Debate’ conducted alongside annual National HR Conference.