The Department of Human Resource Management of the University of Kelaniya made a huge effort to congregate all the stakeholder segments including, the HR professionals, HR policy makers, HR undergraduates and HR postgraduates with the aim of conversing on this transformation through ‘The National Summit on People Management: Peopling for National Wealth’.
Accordingly, the first ever summit in this caliber was held recently at Waters Edge, based on the theme: ‘Arousing a new praxis of People Management for Creative Development’which corresponds with the today’s context of the human resource management.
The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Senior Professor, SunandaMaddumaBandara, the Vice Chancellor, University of Kelaniya and Professor (Dr.) D.M. Semasinghe, the Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya graced this occasion with the Chief Gust. The academic key note speaker for the event was Prof. Gary McLean, Emeritus professor of HRD at University of Minnesota, USAwhilst the professional key note speaker was Mr. Dinesh Weerakkody, The Chairman at the National Human Resource Development Council of Sri Lanka.Association of Human Resource Professionals (AHRP) partnered with the department as the Resourcing Partner for the People Colloquium.
The Summit was comprised with four distinct sessions namely, ‘The People Management Colloquium’,‘The Academic Convention’, ‘The Postgraduates’ Caucus’ and “The Undergraduates’ Confab. The Summit as a whole represented all the spheres of work from professionals to undergraduates of around 150 participants.
Under these four pillars many important activities were held. One of those is thepanel discussion which was comprised of Mr. PradeepaKekulawala (President AHRP/ Head of Human Resources, Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd), Mr. Ravi Jayasekera (Vice President Human Resources, Union Bank of Colombo Plc.), Ms. ChandiDharmaratne (Senior director HR VirtusaPolaris), Mr. PadumaSubasinghe (Senior vice President Group HR Browns & Co. Plc.), Mr. Chandana Wijayanama (Secretary AHRP/ General Manager HR – South Asia Gateway Terminals (pvt) Ltd), Mr. KanishkaWeerasinghe (Director General of Employers Federation of Ceylon), and Dr. Nisha Arunathilake (Fellow Researcher of Institute of Policy Studies). A Memorandum of Understanding, initiated by the Dept. of Human ResourceManagement, was signed between the University of Kelaniya and the Sampath Bank Plc. by the Vice Chancellor and Mr. ArunaJayasekara, the Group HR officer, Sampath Bank for undergraduate skills development and internship.
The academic convention contained boundless valuable presentations by Prof. M. J. S. Wijeyaratne (Director of the Research Council, University of Kelaniya), Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri (Director and the Chairman of the Board of Management – Postgraduate Institute of Management), Dr. Saman Kalegama (Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies). The postgraduate caucus started with the key note speech by Mr. Aruna Dayanatha (Deputy General Manager/ Head of HR at SANASA Development Bank Ltd) and followed with Master of Human Resource Management action learning projects presentations includsing a special business and HRD case study of Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd, our silver sponsor, presented by Mr. Majula Karaliyadda and Mr. Jeevan Premasara. Then the undergraduate action learning project outcome presentations were done under the pillar, ‘Undergradute Confab’.