IHRA-Yesterday, today and tomorrow….

The history of Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA), University of Colombo runs into nearly four decades when its predecessor; Institute of Workers Education (IWE) was established in 1975  under the Ordinance No.11 of 1979 which was amended by Ordinance No. 01 of 2006. The IHRA is one of the institutes of University of Colombo, the oldest university of the country and which falls into top 1000 universities. Being an institute, its academic activities are subject to closely scrutiny of University of Colombo, thus IHRA is bound to maintain high standards in its all-academic affairs and to continue good traditions that any higher learning institute has to preserve.

IHRA was initially started with the purpose of provide facilities for comprehensive higher- level education of accepted quality to all categories of workers enabling them to develop skills, leadership qualities and understand their responsibilities as a workers so that they can make an effective contribution in their work place and mainly offered Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree until 1983 however, in1986 IHRA started offer degree programme namely Bachelor of Labour Education (BLE). During 2007 IHRA expanded its academic activities and also began to offer Masters degrees. In 2006 the Institute of Workers Education was renamed as IHRA.

In 2015-2016, IHRA revisited its academic programmes and decided to offer Master in Human Resource Management, Master in Business Management, Master of Science in Geo-Informatics, Master of Science in Service Management, Master of Science in Disaster Analysis, Management and Mitigation, Executive Diploma in Project Management,  Executive Diploma in Human Resource Management, Executive Diploma in Service Management, Diploma in Service Management, Diploma in Management, Diploma in Drug Abuse Management Studies, Diploma in Tamil as additional language, Certificate Course in Computer Applications, Certificate Course in English, Certificate Course in English for Teachers, Short Course in English for School Leavers, Certificate Course in Spoken English and Foundation Certificate Course in English.

During its nearly four decades’ history, IHRA has seen many changes and new developments within its environment to name few -growth of private sector, emergence of knowledge economy and globalization of workforce are noteworthy. In its attempts to embrace these developments, IHRA has continuously evolved and its original purpose-“educating work-groups” has gain a new meaning. As at present ‘work-group’ means ‘managerial/professional work group’, and, IHRA is committed to develop human talent of ‘managerial/professional work group’ as well.

Consequently, IHRA strives to develop human talents towards a progressive society and believes that our society can and must progress. The progress that we are looking for is continuous and gradual. The progress that we aim is holistic embracing our own economic, social, cultural and political aspirations. We believe that the progressive society is the society that makes social, cultural and political aspirations of people of that society a reality. Thus all what we do for developing human talents are guided and shaped by this fundamental belief.

IHRA is looking forward to become an institute of excellence totally committed to advance the human resource as mature, intelligent ‘knowledge-users’ equipped to face challenging global situations and fortify the human foundation of our national development. Towards this end, IHRA is going through a major transformation while consolidating rich academic tradition and high academic standards inherited from University of Colombo. This transformation aims at obtaining local and global accreditations for its academic programmes, meeting standards of good governance, to become most after sought employee brand and a socially responsible public institute. We see IHRA as a full pledge public higher learning institute offering certificates to higher degrees for all category of workgroups in 2022. We see IHRA as a regionally competitive higher learning institute located in Colombo-the most dynamic mega police in the South Asia in 2022. We see that students and alumnus of IHRA is effectively contributing to transform Sri Lanka as a progressive society.

Our Vision

“To be an institute of excellence totally committed to advance the human resource as mature, intelligent ‘knowledge-users’ equipped to face challenging global situations and fortify the human foundation of our national development”

Our Mission

  • Facilitate to obtain a comprehensive higher-level education through Total Quality Management process so that the capabilities of all “earn and learn” work-groups consisting employees, employers and entrepreneurs would be developed
  • Further facilitate the advancement of their analytical and critical thinking capabilities, ethical standards, entrepreneurship skills, leadership qualities, and the understanding that their responsibilities and rights are interdependent
  • Endeavour to produce knowledge-work groups as an advanced human resource entity set to make an effective contribution to the ‘knowledge-economy’ of the country

Developing Human Talent for a Progressive Society

We believe that our society can and must progress. The progress that we are looking for is continues and gradual. The progress that we aim is holistic embracing our own economic, social, cultural and political aspirations. We believe that the progressive society is the society that makes social, cultural and political aspirations of people of that society a reality.

We believe a contemporary society unlike that in the past, is an aggregate of formally constituted organizations, and thus the progress of a society is made through the progress of organizations, individually and collectively. Hence, we value organizations which make a holistic, continues, gradual progress embracing economic, social, cultural and political aspirations of the society.

We believe that the progress of organizations is not natural and autonomous occurrence, and it should be made or realized. Therefore, the progress of organizations should be initiated, directed and controlled with the ambition of making social, cultural and political aspirations of the people of a society a reality.

This nature of progress of organizations brings human talent into a center of a progressive society as it is what capable of making a progressive organization a reality. This makes human are what instrumental in realizing their own social, cultural and political aspirations, and it is in this term that we consider human (talent) a resource that can and must be advanced. We, however, believe also that it is through a collective effort of human resource towards choices made collectively that people in a society can realize their inspirations.

We observes that the progress of organizations in our society has hampered due to our failure of developing human talent in right quality and quantity on the one hand and our failure of making collective choices and effort on the other. We believe that the former can be attributed to the difficulty of human resource, be it a unskilled, skilled or knowledge worker, to progress through formal education while the later can be attributed to our attempt of progressing organizations through division of means of production resulting the division of human resource as worker and manager.

Therefore, we, who are longing for people to live in a progressive society has embarked on two noble goals; development of human talent in required quantity and quality and educating both worker and manager to make a collective choices and a collective effort.

We invite all of you whose dream is to live and let others live in a progressive society, to join with us to make that dream a reality.

Prof. J. A. S. K. Jayakody
Director and the Chairman of the Academic Syndicate

The Academic Syndicate is a Statutory Body, and the details of the members are as follows.

01 Prof. JASK Jayakody Chairman
02 Prof.Athula Ranasinghe Ex-Officio Member
03 Prof. W Chandradasa Ex-Officio Member
04 Prof. KRR Mahanama Ex-Officio Member
05 Prof. K Gunawardhana Appointed member
06 Prof. Jayadewa Uyangoda Appointed member
07 Prof. (Ms) Nayani Melagoda Appointed member
08 Prof. M Somathilaka Appointed member
09 Dr. (Ms) Dinuka Wijethunga Appointed member
10 Mr. HMN Warakaulle Appointed member
11 Mr. N Selvakumaran Appointed member
12 Mr.DMS Dassanayaka Appointed member
13 Mr. KA Vimalendrarajah Treasury Representative
14 Mr. MGG Hemakumara Board of Study Representative
15 Ms.KP Mathotaarachchi Board of Study Representative
16 Ms. BKP Abeyasooriya Board of Study Representative

Board of Study on Human Resource Education

01 Mr.MGG Hemakumara Chairman
02 Prof. JASK Jayakody Member (Director/ IHRA)
03 Dr. NNJ Nawarathne Member
04 Ms.KP Mathotarachchi Member
05 Dr. DAC Silva Member
06 Dr. S Coperahewa Member

Board of Study on Extension Program

01 Ms.KP Mathotaarachchi Chairman
02 Prof. JASK Jayakody Member (Director/ IHRA)
03 Mr.MGG Hemakumara Member
04 Mr.KDN Hewage Member
05 Mr. K Gamage Member

Board of Study on Languages Teaching Program

01 Ms.BKP Abeysooriya Chairman
02 Prof. JASK Jayakody Member (Director/ IHRA)
03 Mr. LP Ariyasena Member
04 Mr. WW De Silva Member
05 Ms. W Jayawardena Member
Prof. JASK Jayakody (Director)

Telephone No : +94 11 258 7245
Mobile No : 077 375 1360
E-Mail : director@ihra.cmb.ac.lk

s-sathiyaseelanMr. S Sathiyaseelan (Deputy Registrar – Establishment)

Telephone No: +94 11 205 5208
Mobile No: +94 71 534 6670
Residence No: +94 26 222 1369
E-Mail : sathiboine@yahoo.com

jsvnt-soysaMs. JSVNT Soysa (Senior Assistant Bursar)

Telephone No : +94 11 258 1569
Email : nadisha76@yahoo.com

dc-pereraMs. D Chandrika Perera (Senior Assistant Registrar – Examinations )

Telephone No : +94 11 250 5893
Residence No: +94 11 271 8335

hgd-sriyaniMs. HGD Sriyani (Administration)

Telephone No: +94 11 255 4724
Mobile No: 071 371 4400
Residence No : +94 11 282 2446
Email : sriyani5050@gmail.com