The Department of Human Resources Management (HRM) was established on the 01st of May in 2007, along with the establishment of five other Departments of the Faculty of Management and Finance, with the aim of aligning the degree programmes with the trends and demands in the job market. HR being one of the most important functions in a company, we at the department endeavors to produce graduates who possess knowledge, skills and competencies to become successful HR professionals who can make a difference in a company through efficient and innovative practice of HRM. Professor Arosha Adikaram is our current Head of the Department and she has been leading the Department since 2019. We are thankful to our former Heads of the Department mentioned below, who have been instrumental in leading and guiding the Department to reach its present heights. 

Our carefully developed curriculum covers all aspects of HRM considering the practical as well as the theoretical facets of HRM, while taking into consideration the newest trends in HRM. We have embarked on a well-planned out journey to integrate and collaborate with the industry to provide our learning partners the much-needed exposure to the industry. This include mentoring, shadowing, guest sessions, industry visits, problem-based learning and internships. 

Our small group of students makes it much easier for us to function as a family and carry out industry collaborations, interact more closely with students, engage in more personalized teaching and learning activities, provide a more effective academic guidance and create a positive atmosphere within the department. We are extremely proud of our alumnus, a very important part of our department, who hold managerial positions in different high-profile companies in the country and continues to assist our undergraduates in numerous ways. 

Our dedicated staff has excellent academic credentials and are highly regarded and respected in the area. In addition to their normal teaching and administration work, they also get involved in research, publications and industry consultancy work, which adds value to their teaching while providing a service to the industry. The non-academic staff members of the Department, are also well known as helpful and efficient and they give their best in all the endeavors of the Department.

Message from the Head of the Department

Professor. Arosha S. Adikaram

Welcome to the Department of HRM at the Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo. HRM being one of the most important functions in a company, we at the department endeavors to produce graduates who possess knowledge, skills, and competencies to become successful HR professionals who can make a difference in a company through efficient and innovative practice of HRM. We are extremely proud of our alumnus, a very important part of our department, who hold managerial positions in different high-profile companies in the country and continues to assist our undergraduates in numerous ways.

Our carefully developed curriculum covers all aspects of HRM considering the practical as well as the theoretical facets of HRM, while taking into consideration the newest trends in HRM. We have embarked on a well-planned out journey to integrate and collaborate with the industry to provide our learning partners the much-needed exposure to the industry. This include mentoring, shadowing, guest sessions, industry visits, problem-based learning and internships. Our small group of students makes it much easier for us to function as a family and carry out industry collaborations, interact more closely with students, engage in more personalized teaching and learning activities, provide a more effective academic guidance and create a positive atmosphere within the department.

Our dedicated staff has excellent academic credentials and are highly regarded and respected in the area. In addition to their normal teaching and administration work, they also get involved in research, publications and industry consultancy work, which adds value to their teaching while providing a service to the industry. I cannot also forget our non-academic staff members, who are known to be the most helpful and efficient.

Former Heads of the Department

Prof. Pavithra Kailasapathy (2010-2013, 2017-2019)

Prof. Thilakshi Kodagoda (2013-2014)

Dr. N. N. J Navarathne (2007-2010, 2014-2017)

Academic Staff 

Professor. Arosha S. Adikaram

[PhD (Col), MA in Labour Studies (Col), BBA(Col), CTHE (Col), Accreditation for Teaching in Higher Education (SEDA), AMIPM (SL)]

Professor

Professor. Pavithra Kailasapathy

[PhD (Melb), MSBA (UMass-Amherst), MS in HRM (New School), Cr Cert in OD (New School), BBA (Colombo), CTHE (Colombo), AMIPM (SL)]

Professor

Professor. D. T. D. Kodagoda

[PhD (Bradford, UK), M.Com (India), BCom (Col)]

Professor

Professor. N. N. J. Navaratne

[PhD (Keio Japan), MA (Keio Japan), BSc (Business Ad. SJP), CTHE (Col)]

Professor

Ms. K. D. T. Kanchana Wijayawardena

(on study leave) [MBA (Col), BBA (Col), Dip. in Counselling (SLFI, Sri Lanka), CTHE (Col), Accreditation for Teaching in Higher Education (SEDA)], Reading for PhD (University of Wollongong- Australia)

Senior Lecturer 

Dr. Rajitha Silva

[PhD – University of Kelaniya, CTHE – Colombo, MBA –CSU,Aus, PGDip – UK, BBA – Col]

Senior Lecturer 

Ms Ruwaiha Razik

[ MBA – Waseda : Japan, B B Mgt ( HRM) : Kelaniya, Associate – Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (UK), Associate– Institute of Bankers ( Sri Lanka), Associate – Association of  Professional Bankers ( Sri Lanka)]

Senior Lecturer

Dr. A. W. M. M. Atapattu

[PhD (UNSW, Australia)[MBA (Col), BBA (Col), CTHE (Col), SEDA Certified Teacher in Higher Education (UK)]

Senior Lecturer (Transitional)

Dr. Dharshani Thennakoon

[ PhD (QUT-Australia), MBA (PIM – Sri Lanka), BBA (Col), CIMA Passed Finalist, CTHE (Col), SEDA Certified Teacher in Higher Education (UK), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)]

Senior Lecturer 

Dr. S.D.K. Wanninayake

[PhD (UNSW-Australia), MBA (PIM-SJP), BBA (Colombo), CIMA (Passed Finalist), CTHE (Colombo), SEDA Certified Teacher in Higher Education (UK)]

Senior Lecturer 

Mr. Yohan Perera

[MBA (Reading) (PIM-SJP), MHRM (Reading) (Kelaniya), B.B. Mgt. (Special) in HRM (Kelaniya), AHRP]
 
Lecturer

Visiting Faculty

  • Dr. Indra Mahakalanda [PhD, M.Sc. Financial Mathematics (Moratuwa), B.Sc. Eng. Hons. (Moratuwa)]
  • Dr. Anuradha Iddagoda [PhD (SJP, SL), MBA (PIM-SJP), MIT (Charles Sturt, Australia), BIT (Charles Sturt, Australia), Edexcel HND (UK)]
  • Mr. Mahinda Pathirana, Head (Support and Enterprise Delivery), hSenid Business Solution
  • Mr. Harshan Jeewa Kumara [MBA (Col), BBA (Ruh), AMCIPM, ACPM, CMA Passed Finalist]
  • Ms. Dinusha Athulathmudali [BBA (Col)]

Non Academic Staff 

Mr. W. D. K. Senani

Mr. T. M. N. Karunasekera

Bachelors of Business Administration (Honours) Degree in Human Resources Management

This programme intends to provide participants with the opportunity to understand Human Resources Management as an integral part of the overall business of an organization. Further, it would create infrastructure for the participants to acquire the competency to relate Human Resources Management with other functional areas of management.

 

Course Code Course Title Credits Course Status Semester Offered
HRM-3312  Research Methods  Core 
HRM-3200  Management Information Systems  Core 
HRM-3313  Employee Relations  Specialisation core 
HRM-3314  Employee Resourcing  Specialisation core 
HRM-3315  Learning and Development  Specialisation core 
HRM-3201  Personality Development  Specialisation optional 
HRM-3202  Taxation  Specialisation optional 
         
HRM-3316  Strategic Management  Core  VI 
HRM-3207  Enterprise Based Project  Core  VI 
HRM-3317  Performance and Reward Management  Specialisation core  VI 
HRM-3208  Seminar on Applied Research  Specialisation core*  VI 
HRM-3209  Seminar on Research  Specialisation core*  VI 
HRM-3203  Labour Law  Specialisation core  VI 
HRM-3204  Dispute Settlement and Negotiation  Specialisation optional  VI 
HRM-3205 International Human Resource Management 2 Specialisation optional  VI
HRM-3206  HR Ethics and Social Responsibility  Specialisation optional  VI 
HRM-3210  Team Development  Specialisation optional  VI 
         
HRM-4211 Contemporary issues in Human Resource Management 2 Specialisation core VII
HRM-4212  Strategic Human Resource Management  Specialisation core  VII 
HRM-4800  Dissertation  Specialisation core**  VII 
HRM-4600  Applied Research Project  Specialisation core**  VII 
HRM-4213  Constitutional and Administrative Law  Specialisation optional  VII 
HRM-4214  Employee Counseling  Specialisation optional  VII 
HRM-4215  Human Resource Analytics  Specialisation optional  VII 
HRM-4216 Human Resource Information Systems 2 Specialisation optional VII
 
HRM-4801  Industrial Training  Specialisation core  VIII 

Medals and Awards

The Department of Human Resources Management proudly offers two medals for undergraduates who pass out with outstanding record of academic and extra-curricular activities with the patronage of leading companies in Sri Lanka.

  1. The Suntel Gold Medal for the Most Outstanding HRM Graduate in Academic and Extra-Curricular Activities.

In order to gain this award, the selected candidate should be specialized in Human Resource Management by successfully completing BBA in HRM degree with first or second class (upper division) and excelled in extra-curricular activities including sportsmanship, aesthetic & cultural work, community engagement work and proven leadership.

  1. Link Natural Products Gold Medal by Link Natural Products (Pvt) Ltd.

This award is offered for the candidate who records the highest-Grade Point Average (GPA) considering the overall academic performance throughout the four years. Also, the student shall complete the degree with at least a second-class upper division in order to gain this award.

These awards can exclusively be gained by HRM students passing out from the Department of HRM and both these medals are offered at the annual general convocation of the Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo.

Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM)

 

Course duration
  • The DHRM programme extends over a period of twelve months (one year) including lectures, continuous assessments, and written examinations.
Lecture schedule
  • This is a week-end programme and lectures are conducted on every Sundays during the one-year period.
Time breaks
  • Time breaks are in accordance with ‘Trimester’ schedule where one-third part of the academic year. 
  • A trimester has 15 weeks from its beginning and there are 3 trimesters for the whole programme of DHRM (duration of a trimester is subject to change based on circumstances).
Course units
  • There are 10 course units to be completed in DHRM programme. 
  • Those 10 course units are then divided into semesters (please refer 4.5. (pg. no. 17) Curriculum and Course Descriptions) for further details.
Coursework
  • This programme has only coursework with the inclusion of their academic and practical components. No research projects to implement in the programme.
  • The coursework consists with lectures and assignments endorsed by the relevant lecturer in a particular course unit. 
Credit allocation
  • The entire programme of DHRM consists with 30 credits. Thus, one course unit is worth for 3 credits.
Attendance
  • Minimum of 80% attendance is a prerequisite either for online lectures or onsite lectures.
  • The programme coordinator verifies attendance of every lecture conducted throughout the programme.
  • Learning partners are NOT permitted to sit for examinations if they do not satisfy the minimal attendance requirement.
Total investment
  • Total investment for the course is Rs. 97,500.00
  • 50% of the total investment (Rs. 48,750) should be paid before commencing the programme.
  • Other than the course fee, learning partners should have to pay registration fee, supervision fee, examination fee, and library deposit fee.

Contact Details

Dr. Dananja Wanninayake

The DHRM Coordinator

 

I-Achieve Programme

This is a special program conducted by the department of HRM exclusively aiming its undergraduates in semester VI where they are provided various opportunities to develop themselves personally and professionally. This program encapsulates four dimensions for developing an all rounding HR Professional namely, mastry in English, HR business partnering, HR know-how, and HR operational excellency. In order to address these four aspects, following exercises are executed within the given semester, ‘Everyday English’ sessions for mastery in English, mentoring and shadowing program for HR business partnering, knowledge sharing interactive sessions conducted by top industry experts for HR know-hows, and finally, i-pops (industry visits) for ensuring HR operational excellency. Students are awarded a certificate upon completing the I-Achieve program.

HR Quarterly

This is an online quarterly newsletter which is published by the Department of HRM. The purpose of this publication is to enhance the intra-department collaboration between staff and students by creating a common platform for knowledge and experience sharing, appreciations on each other’s milestones, sharing departmental news, and providing an avenue for students to present their creativity. Furthermore, a selected top ranked HR professional features in each quarter with a guest interview, together with ‘a chat with a student’, ‘get to know your lecturers’ also featuring in the newsletter. The publication is also committed to sharing upcoming trends in the field. The newsletter is distributed online and is posted on the official Facebook page of the department for anybody to view. 

HRM Alumni Association

 

HRM Alumni Association

The Department of HRM has successfully initiated its Alumni Association in April, 2021.

The specific purpose of setting up an alumni association for the Department of HRM is three-fold;

  1. To set up a social network among our past students of the Department of HRM.
  2. To incept a discussion among us about recent trends, improvements, updates of the industry by sharing our views and knowledge with each other.
  3. To develop a job network facilitating the career advancement of both undergraduates and past students

The Board of Administrators (BOA) of the alumni association (appointed at the inaugural meeting, for two years, from 2021 to 2023 held on 7th April 2021);

  • President – Mr. Kanishka Ranaweera
  • Vice President – Ms. Shenali Guneratne
  • Secretary – Ms. Ishara Wiskremathilaka
  • Treasurer – Ms. Dushanthi Weerasekera

Appointed members (appointed at the inaugural meeting, for two years, from 2021 to 2023 held on 7th April 2021);

  • Dananja Wanninayaka 
  • Kanishka Patternot 
  • Vimukthi Gunarathna 
  • Eranga Ranansinghe 
  • Chandima Gayan 
  • Sanuja Kalhari
  • Dinusha Athulathmudali 

Hence, the Department of HRM warmly welcomes all its prospective alumnus who earned their Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Human Resources Management to partner with us irrespective of their passing out year or graduation year.

If you need to become a member of the alumni association, please fill the following form by clicking on the link below.

https://forms.gle/RQFvWVPvNHNVuTrq9

 

Back-to-Faculty 2020

The department of HRM also took the initiative in organizing a ‘back-to-faculty’ event for the past students of Faculty of Management and Finance, for the first time in the faculty history, providing them with an opportunity to reminisced on the good times they had at the faculty and to see their batch mates again. This fun-filled and colorful event was held on 31st January 2020 at the faculty premises with the participation of 282 past students.

HR Day

This is an important event in the department’s event calendar, organized by the final year HRM undergraduates. Usually, this is conducted as a full-day event with the patronage of private-sector companies. In 2020, the HR day consisted of two events. First, the ‘sports day’, where students engaged in games and activities in order to boost their team working skills and self-confidence. Second, ‘the knowledge sharing session’, where a guest session on HR analytics and a panel discussion on contemporary HR issues/trends were held. HR day has always been a great opportunity for HR students to improve their organizing skills, event management skills, communication skills, team working skills, and networking skills.

 

DHRM Inauguration – Batch 06 The inauguration ceremony of Diploma of Human Resources Management batch 6 was successfully conducted on Zoom platform on 6th December 2020. Dr. M.P.P Dharmadasa, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo attended as the chief guest and addressed the gathering. Mr. Kanishka Ranaweera, Chief People Officer, Bharati Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. was the Guest of Honor in the ceremony and addressed the prospective students with his inspirational words. The session was compered by Dr. Dananja Wanninayake, a senior lecturer in the Department of HRM.
Welcome of newcomers The new batch for the Department of HRM was warmly welcomed with an ‘online ‘ceremony’ co-organized by the 4th year HRM undergraduates in the department. This event held on11th January 2021 on Zoom. There are 27 new comers this year for the HR family. The department of HRM warmly wishes all new comers for all success in their academic endeavors in their studies.
 

Upcoming

 

Student Internship VIVA presentations The internship VIVA VOCE presentations in semester VIII, final year undergraduates will be held on 27th January 2021 on Zoom platform. Due to the pandemic situation in the country, the duration of the training was limited only to 15—weeks and their presentations will be based on this training durations. All students have already submitted their individual training records and a detailed report of their training.  
iAchieve inauguration – batch 2 The iAchieve, fully fledged student empowerment programme is ready to start for its second batch. The initiating dates will be notified in further due course. This is a certificate offered diploma for undergraduates in the department.

Inquiries

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Address

Department of  Human Resource Management
Faculty of Management & Finance
University of  Colombo,
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

Phone

+94-11 25 52 364

Email

Prof. Arosha Adikaram, Head of the Department 077 36 01 030 head@hrm.cmb.ac.lk 
Dr. Mayuri Athapattu, Training Coordinator 077 36 07 454 mayuri@hrm.cmb.ac.lk
Dr. Dananja Wanninayake, iAchieve Programme Coordinator 077 69 78 524 dananja.wanninayake@hrm.cmb.ac.lk
Dr. Dananja Wanninayake DHRM Coordinator 077 69 78 524 dhrm@hrm.cmb.ac.lk