Sri Lanka can make brain drain a brain gain
“At a time when skilled labour migration and brain drain is
happening, Sri Lanka can make brain drain an opportunity in the medium
term to have brain gains. Countries like the Philippines and India have
Therefore having good HR practices and sharing them with others will
facilitate support to the HRD efforts of Sri Lanka.” Former President
Institute of Personnel Management Janaka Kumarasinghe told the Daily
News at an interview about the Young HR Minds Award 2008 initiated by
He said that better Human Resource Management practices can lead to
institutional strengthening and human resource development(HRD) in the
country. Having the best out of the people available and training more
people will help our country in many ways he said.
Head of the Panel of Judges for the award Kumarasinghe said that as a
premier HR institute the IPM has to play a vital role on this as the
country did not have such a platform all this time. However, the young
HR professional will be recognised at the forth coming National HR
Conference which will be held on June 2 at the BMICH, he said.
Vice President WNS Global Services , Archana Arcot a member of the
panel said that as per the theme of the annual conference this year
“People Drive Business” the emerging role of the HR is expected to play
a multiple role and young HR professionals will be tomorrows HR leaders.
Arcot said that ( HR )the human resource functions around the globe
and in leading organisations is undergoing a dramatic change with
increasing focus on enhancing HR’s contribution to the business
performance and success.
These changing demands on HR have given rise to new challenges such
as talent management ,driving cultural and behavioral change in the
organizations and building capabilities for meeting organizations
current and future requirements.
“It is against this emerging context and changing role of HR we have
decided to debut a platform for developing, nurturing and recognising
Young HR Professionals 2008, she said.
According to Kumarasinghe Young HR Minds Awards learning forum was
launched to encourage young HR practitioners preferably below 35 years
of age to share their organization experience on a case study basis. All
applicants can submit a paper preferably using an organisation case
study approach covering one of the following HR streams before April 25.
The learning platform will be used to recognise 3-4 such trailblazing
minds and subsequently the best papers will be invited to make a
The panel hoped that this would lead to conceive the “Young HR Minds
Award” with the aim of encouraging young professionals to share their
experience and knowledge.
This platform would also give an opportunity to showcase and do an
internal of benchmark local HR practices with global HR practices and
more importantly raise the bar of the HR practice and HR talent pool.