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. Dr. Mayuri Atapattu is our current Head of the Department and she has been leading the Department since 2022. 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
Dr. A. W. M. M. Atapattu
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
Chair Professor. Arosha S. Adikaram (2019-2022)
Prof. Pavithra Kailasapathy (2010-2013, 2017-2019)
Prof. Thilakshi Kodagoda (2013-2014)
Dr. N. N. J Navarathne (2007-2010, 2014-2017)
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 – Grade II(On Leave)
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 – Grade II
Ms Ruwaiha Razik
[Reading for PhD(Colombo),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 – Grade II (on study leave)
Mr. Sachin Carlton
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-3200||Management Information Systems||2||Core||V|
|HRM-3313||Employee Relations||3||Specialisation core||V|
|HRM-3314||Employee Resourcing||3||Specialisation core||V|
|HRM-3315||Learning and Development||3||Specialisation core||V|
|HRM-3201||Personality Development||2||Specialisation optional||V|
|HRM-3207||Enterprise Based Project||2||Core||VI|
|HRM-3317||Performance and Reward Management||3||Specialisation core||VI|
|HRM-3208||Seminar on Applied Research||2||Specialisation core*||VI|
|HRM-3209||Seminar on Research||2||Specialisation core*||VI|
|HRM-3203||Labour Law||2||Specialisation core||VI|
|HRM-3204||Dispute Settlement and Negotiation||2||Specialisation optional||VI|
|HRM-3205||International Human Resource Management||2||Specialisation optional||VI|
|HRM-3206||HR Ethics and Social Responsibility||2||Specialisation optional||VI|
|HRM-3210||Team Development||2||Specialisation optional||VI|
|HRM-4211||Contemporary issues in Human Resource Management||2||Specialisation core||VII|
|HRM-4212||Strategic Human Resource Management||2||Specialisation core||VII|
|HRM-4600||Applied Research Project||6||Specialisation core**||VII|
|HRM-4213||Constitutional and Administrative Law||2||Specialisation optional||VII|
|HRM-4214||Employee Counseling||2||Specialisation optional||VII|
|HRM-4215||Human Resource Analytics||2||Specialisation optional||VII|
|HRM-4216||Human Resource Information Systems||2||Specialisation optional||VII|
|HRM-4801||Industrial Training||8||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.
- 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.
- 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)
Mr. Yohan Perera
The DHRM Coordinator
I-Achieve is a special soft skill development programme conducted by the Department of Human Resources Management exclusively aiming the undergraduates specializing in human resource management, where they are provided with various opportunities to develop themselves personally and professionally.
The program was initiated in 2019 and the first batch of students completed the program successfully. However, due to the pandemic, the programm was executed in a fully-virtual setting in 2020 and 2021.
Nevertheless, even amidst many challenges, the I-Achieve 2022 was successfully held from 7 February to 10 February 2022 at Faculty premises with onsite participation of both third and final year undergraduates. More than 60 undergraduates attended all 4 days and at the end of the workshop series, undergraduates who successfully participated in the program were awarded valuable certificates.
The 4 day program entailed the following, to ensure that the participants gain valuable insights and training for both personal and professional development. We also made sure that the students have fun and enjoy this brief break they had from online learning.
|Industry Expectations from HRM Graduates||Mr. Janaka De Silva
General Manager – Human Resources
Star Garments Group
|Motivational Speeches||Mr. Mahesh Kaluarachchi
Human Resource Manager
CBL Natural Food Cluster
Ms. Nadee Wickramasinghe
Certified Life Coach and Corporate Trainer
Mr. Thilina Yapa Bandara
|Industry Specific Dialog||Ms. Pulasthika Wirasinha
Head of Human Resources
London Stock Exchange Group
Ms. Chethana Liyanage
CEO – Maharaja Institute of Management (Pvt) Ltd. & Director – Talent Management, the Capital Maharaja Organization Ltd.
Mr. Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi
Chief Human Resources Officer
HNB Assurance PLC
Mr. Chamara Perera
Senior Manager – Human Resources
Operations – Hemas Hospitals Sri Lanka
|Social and Business Etiquettes||Professor Arosha Adikaram
Chair Professor in Human Resources Management
Head of the Department – HRM
Faculty of Management and Finance
University of Colombo
|Dress for Success||Ms. Sri Hansadhi Munasinghe
Department of Textile & Apperal Technology
Open University, Nawala, Nugegoda
|Presentation Skills||Ms. Ruwaiha Razik
Senior Lecturer in HRM
Department of Human Resources Management
University of Colombo
|Mindfulness and Stress Management||Mr. Tharindu Weerasinghe
Senior Lecturer in HRM
Department of Human Resource Management
Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies
University of Kelaniya
|Yoga for a Better Life||Vyash Kalyanasundaram
Chief Yoga Therapist – Astanka Yoga Mandir, Sri Lanka
Chief Yoga Instructor – Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo
‘Laptop Lend’ is another social responsibility initiative of the department. With the assistance of the HRM alumni of the department, a laptop was lent to a student who needed one to continue her studies uninterruptedly during this difficult time. Once the student passes out, the laptop will be lent to another needy student in the department.
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;
- To set up a social network among our past students of the Department of HRM.
- To incept a discussion among us about recent trends, improvements, updates of the industry by sharing our views and knowledge with each other.
- 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.
The Freshers‘ Welcome
The Freshers‘ Welcome organized by the HRM Students’ Association was held on Monday, 28 February 2023, at the Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo.
The chief guest of this event was Ms. Ruchini Weerawardena, Senior HR Business Partner at Sysco Labs Sri Lanka. She delivered an inspired guest speech too. Also, Mr. Ravindu Wibushitha, a former student in the department, delivered a motivational speech. Further, many academic staff members in the Department of Human Resources Management attended this event.
Final-year undergraduates conducted a few fun activities for the newcomers after the welcome ceremony, and it was a wonderful day to remember. All the staff members in the Department of Human Resources Management wish the newcomers all the success in their studies!
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 the 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 the HR students to improve their organizing skills, event management skills, communication skills, team working skills, and networking skills.
Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (HDHRM)
Follow your dream to become a sound professional in HR with the endorsement of a prestigious National University!!
Introducing The Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management
Calling for applications for the onsite intake 2024-25
Find the online application here👇 https://forms.gle/SRv31ZVF9F1UjvZf8
🔹Pay the application fee of Rs. 2,000 to any branch of Peoples Bank.
🔹Application Deadline- 30th November 2023
Department of Human Resources Management
Faculty of Management and Finance
University of Colombo
The Senate Awards for Research Excellence
The Senate Awards for Research Excellence acknowledge the academic staff members who make contributions to the University community through their outstanding research works. For the year 2022, Annual Research Symposium 2023 of the University of Colombo held on the 02th of November 2023 at the Prof. V. K. Samaranayake Auditorium of the University of Colombo School of Computing. For this time three senior lecturers from the Department of Human Resources Management have been awarded for Research Excellence in 2022.
Professor (Chair) Arosha Adikaram and Professor Pavithra Kailasapathy
Early Career Category
Dr. Dananja Wanninayake
‘200 DOs and DON’Ts for Management Research Students’ Prof. Arosha Adikaram.
Professor (Chair) Arosha Adikaram, one of the pioneering academics of the Department of Human Resources Management – University of Colombo has proudly launched another book titled ‘ 200 DOs and DON’Ts for Management Research Students’. She has written this book with Professor Tharusha N. Gooneratne Professor (Chair) Department of Accounting.
This book was specially written for MPhil, PhD, and DBA students as well as those who are taking the research option in their Master’s degree, to navigate the day-to-day challenges of doing research for a postgraduate degree.
(Organized biennially by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Directors Sri Lanka (CVCD), the “CVCD Excellence Awards” recognize and honor outstanding contributions and achievements in research, innovation, and invention by scholars in the Sri Lankan university system. The awards are presented in three categories: Most Outstanding Senior Researcher, Most Outstanding Young Researcher, and Most Outstanding Inventor.)
Professor Arosha S. Adikaram, Chair Professor in the Department of Human Resources Management, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka won the CVCD Excellence Award for “The Most Outstanding Senior Researcher” in the field of Management Studies (Lifetime Award). She is the former Head of the Department of Human Resources Management and coordinator of the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), University of Colombo. This time, the CVCD Awards Ceremony was held in the BMICH on 9th June 2023, having His Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialistic Republic of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest. The event was also graced by the presence of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the University Grant Commission, and Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Universities, Deans of Faculties of Sri Lanka.
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