HRM - Key to organisational success
The Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka Inc. (IPMSL) founded
in 1959 and received State recognition by an Act of Parliament in 1976,
is the pioneer HR Institute in our country. The IPMSL has immensely
contributed to the development of Human Resource Management (HRM)
profession in Sri Lanka during the past four decades.
Vision of the IPM:
To be the Guiding Force and the leader in developing best People
Management practices in Asian Region.
Mission of IPM:
We open pathways to the Human Resource Management profession. We are
the knowledge centre for local and regional People Managers. As the
catalyst and partner in human capital development, we continuously
improve quality, standards and practices in the profession.
The objectives of the IPMSL are to promote and develop principles,
techniques and practices of Human Resource Management in order to ensure
a high level of professional standards and competence among membership
and those aspiring to become members, to promote the study of Human
Resource Management and to encourage research in to the best means and
methods of applying the principles and techniques of Human Resource
Management, to influence National Policy Formulation in areas related to
the Human Resource Management, to facilitate networking among HR
professionals and to share and develop knowledge, exchange views at
national as well as international level.
The IPMSL is affiliated to the Asia Pacific Federation of Human
Resource Management (APFHRM) and to the World Federation of Personnel
Management Associations (WFPMA). The IPMSL held the prestigious position
of the President of APFHRM for a period of two years in the recent past
and a Board Position of WFPMA during that period.
The Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka conducts study
programmes to cater to the needs of School Leavers to the senior HR
executives. Further training programmes, seminars and conferences are
organized to educate the personnel in HR profession.
The creative and driving force of any organisation depends upon its
people at work. Proactive organisations believe in the role of the HR as
being the most critical determinant of performance. HR competency is the
most important contributor towards the success of an organisation in
terms of change and turbulence. It is the people who make the difference
in an organisation.
Research has found that people treated with respect perform better.
Human Resource is the only living resource in the Production Process
which could be trained and developed to enhance the Organisational
HRM has now emerged as a separate distinct discipline like medicine,
law, engineering and accountancy. Knowledge of HRM does not confine only
to personnel Managers.
All who manage people at work should understand the human behaviour,
how it could be motivated for better results, importance of handling
grievances and counselling, disciplinary management etc. Doctors,
Engineers, Accountants, Lawyers, Planters and even Teachers learn HRM to
better management of the people under their preview.
The key to success in today's competitive world is the people."
People Management" has now become the most vital discipline in managing
Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka Inc.
Questions and Answers
Requirement to Follow Chartered Accountantâ€™s Classes at the OPA
Question: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka
conducts training classes in the OPA premises. Please inform the
educational qualifications requested and the fees charged by the
Institution to enroll as a student.
P. Galagoda, Kandy.
Answer: Classes are conducted mainly for the Chartered
Diploma in ISSCA is for ICASL members as well as outsiders.
Fees: Rs. 28,000 ICASL Members
Rs. 30,000 Non Members
For details refer the ICASL: website:www.icasrilanka.com
Prospects for a recognized Diploma in Computer Science
Question: Is the Computer Society of Sri Lanka a member of the
OPA? If so can they inform the prospects available for a student who has
failed to obtain the necessary marks to enter a University to study for
a recognized Diploma in Computer Science either in Sri Lanka or abroad?
The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) is a member of the OPA A
Diploma in Computer Science should have one year Course work to fall
into a recognized category. Course contents for such courses were given
on our issue of 10th May Daily News on the OPA page"
The University of Colombo as well as Moratuwa conducts external
Degree programmes in Information Technology. At the end of the first
year of the Degree programme a recognised Diploma is given to successful
Organisations such as the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM)
and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) and foreign
professional bodies such as the British Computer Society (BCS),
Australian Computer Society (ACS) also do offer programmes leading to a
recognised Diploma and beyond. Many recognised foreign diplomas too can
be obtained through some of the local Institutions.
Rectifying of Pension Anomalies
Question: This has reference to the question by N. S. Nanayakkara of
Colombo on the above subject on the Daily News OPA at your Service page
I too retired under PA circular 44/90 in April 1994 after serving for
15 yrs and was 41 years at that time. I could have served for another 19
yrs which would have made my total service 34 years.
Had I been in service I could have earned many more increments,
promotions to a higher grade and also qualified to receive the maximum
pension of 90% of the salary in addition to the several salary revisions
granted from time to time after my retirement.
The only incentive given for voluntary retirement on PA Circular
44/90 was that we were granted the maximum pension according to the last
drawn salary irrespective of the service if it was more than 10 yrs viz
90% of the last drawn salary.
When pensions were increased by pension circular 6/2004 I was not
given any increment as my service was counted as 15 years. There again
according to pension circular 2/2006 my service has been counted as 25
years and pension calculated at 70% of the salary step where at the
maximum pension that can be drawn is 90%.
Can the Director of Pensions go back on the assurance given in
circular 44/90 and place as at a lesser point.
I would be grateful to you if you could enlighten me as to whether I
am entitled to 90% of the salary step at retirement as I retired
prematurely and voluntarily on that assurance. What should I do to get
my grievance rectified and if not why not?
S. S. Jayatilaka
Answer: We contacted the Pensions Department and according to
them, pensions of those who retired under circular No. 44/90 has not
been adjusted under circular No. 2/2006.
They say that this situation would have arisen due to some other
issue. You have been requested to write to the Pensions Department
giving all your details. The Pensions dept. is at the New Secretariat
Building, Maligawatte, Colombo 10.
VISA or Master Debit Card as an alternate to Credit Cards
Question: Recently, a 1% stamp duty has been introduced to be
charged on the value of the Credit Card expenditure. Due to this many
people including myself use the Debit Card as convenient option to
carrying cash. Most traders do not give their usual discount given for
cash purchase to credit card customers as the trader has to pay a
certain percentage to the Bank.
In the case of debit cards too the traders are not willing to give
the cash discount and are often not aware of the difference between a
Credit and a Debit card.
Is there a benefit to the trader if he accepts Debit Card instead of
Credit Card? Why has the Bankers Association not created awareness about
the Debit Card amongst Traders.
Dines Joachim, Colombo 5
Answer: Yes the user of a Debit Card will save on the 1% stamp
duty and also interest charge if he exceeds the Credit period.
Whilst there are the advantages to the user of the card, there is no
advantage to the trader. Whether it is a credit card sale or a Debit
card sale, the trader has to bear the Bank Commission of 3%. The
traders' only benefit is that Credit and debit card increases his sale
over cash sales.
Professional certification or Diploma in field of supply chain
Question: My son was not successful in getting admission the
University after his GCE "A" Level examination.
I want him to follow a job oriented professional course. I read in
the newspapers several vacancies being advertised for jobs such as
Procurement Executive Materials and Warehouse Management and Supply
Is there any Association a Member of the OPA who provides
Professional Education or Training in this discipline?
Answer: Yes, the Institute of Supply and Materials Management
(ISMM) is a member of the OPA and their Office is in the OPA premises at
275/75, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7.
They are the National Body in this discipline incorporated by an Act
of Parliament. They conduct several courses and training programme at
various levels for different duration.
They conduct a three year Diploma programme in Purchasing and
materials Management, as well as conduct an International Diploma in
Purchasing and the supply chain management on behalf of the
International Trade Centre (ITC) coming under the World Trade
Organisation (WTO). For school leavers they have a Licentiate programme
leading to a Diploma ISMM Telephone Nos. 2555562, 2584302.
Sri Lanka TV broadcast to the Middle East
Question: I am an Engineer who is on approved leave from the
State media and working in Dubai at present.
Although we are not in Sri Lanka physically we like to hear day to
day happening in Sri Lanka especially through government media.
Unfortunately we don't have that facility though we earn foreign
currency for the country. Sometimes back the ITN programmes were
available in due Middle East via Satellite but it has now been stopped
without any reason. I earnestly request you to look into this.
Gamini Arambawela-Dubai, UAE
Answer: Further to our reply in the Daily News of April 12 for
your above question, we are pleased to inform you of another Satellite,
Sri Lanka television channel called Srilankavahini.
They broadcast SriLankan news everyday at 7.00 p.m. Sri Lankan Time
to Asia. Europe, Middle East, Russian Federation and African Countries.
Details are as follows. Satellite-yamal 202. location-49 East, Band-C,
Frequency-3784. S. Rata-1555, FEC-3/4. Also can be contacted on e-mail
[email protected] or www.Srilankavaini.net.
Unfortunately, this is also a private TV station and National TV
broadcasts are not available on satellite yet.
Please send in your questions
The Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA) will
cover questions in all professions and subjects of common interest to
the public in the "Daily News OPA at Your Service" page every Thursday.
Please make your question brief. Questions can be directed to the OPA
on e-mail [email protected] or [email protected] / [email protected] Fax:2559770
or write to the Professional Centre, 275/75, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera
Mawatha, off Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.