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 a center of excellence in teaching, learning and researching to strengthen human resources for the development of the progressive society within the global context”

Our Mission

“To provide nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, research and development for diverse group of managerial, non-managerial employees and entrepreneurs with a focus of competency development in leadership, entrepreneurship and critical thinking with high social and ethical standards through a competent and dedicated staff and state-of-art technologies and methods of Human Resource Development”

Our Vision

“To be a center of excellence in teaching, learning and researching to strengthen human resources for the development of the progressive society within the global context”

Our Mission

“To provide nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, research and development for diverse group of managerial, non-managerial employees and entrepreneurs with a focus of competency development in leadership, entrepreneurship and critical thinking with high social and ethical standards through a competent and dedicated staff and state-of-art technologies and methods of Human Resource Development”

 

Our Values

01. Freedom of Education

While continuing free education for non-managerial employees who left out their formal higher education, we value developing managerial employees and professionals for whom higher learning is beyond their possibilities.

02. Progressive Thoughts

We value working together for the advancement of society doing each one’s part with the highest commitment, sharing results of our collective effort equitably and sustaining and advancing what we achieve for our future generations within and outside the IHRA.

03. Diversity and Inclusion

Not only we appreciate diversity, we value inclusive work culture that accept and promote differences in our values, beliefs, backgrounds, talents and work orientations in order to ensure that our institute and society benefit from the diversity.

04. Community Spirit

We value of becoming a group of people with shared aspiration, a cause and a “self” thus we value building ourselves as community.

05. Transference in What We do

We encourage morally correct conduct in the IHRA community and beyond while actively encouraging unrestricted access to knowledge and information to the extent that it does not violated the confidentiality that we need to maintain as an Institute of higher learning.

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.Premakumara de Silva Ex-Officio Member
03 Prof. W Chandradasa Ex-Officio Member
04 Prof. K Gunawardhana Appointed member
05 Prof. (Ms) Nayani Melagoda Appointed member
06 Prof. M Somathilaka Appointed member
07 Dr. (Ms) Dinuka Wijethunga Appointed member
08 Mr. HMN Warakaulle Appointed member
09 Mr. N Selvakumaran Appointed member
10 Mr.DMS Dassanayaka Appointed member
11 Mr. KA Vimalendrarajah Treasury Representative
12 Mr. MGG Hemakumara Board of Study Representative
13 Ms.KP Mathotaarachchi Board of Study Representative
14 Ms. BKP Abeyasooriya Board of Study Representative

Board of Study on Bachelors Programme

01 Ms. KP Mathotaarachchi Chairman
02 Mr. MGG Hemakumara Member
03 Dr. WS Chandrasekara Member
04 Prof. S Coperahewa Member
05 Dr. Nihal Padmasiri Member
06 Ms. DHD Nadisha Member

Board of Study on Extension Programme

01 Ms.KP Mathotaarachchi Chairman
02 Prof. SRD Rosa Member
03 Dr. Ranjith Premasiri Member
04 Mr. K Gamage Secretary
05 Mr. KDN Hewage Member
06 Mr. ENC Perera Member

Board of Study on Languages Teaching Programme

01 Ms.BKP Abeysooriya Chairman
02 Mr. WW de Silva Secretary
03 Ms. W Jayawardena Member
04 Mr. PJC de Silva Member
05 Mr. HD Darmasekara Member
06 Mr. TM Surendran Member

Board of Study on Postgraduate Studies and Research

01 Mr. MGG Hemakumara Chairman
02 Prof. Ranjith Premasiri Member
03 Dr. NNJ Nawarathne Member
04 Dr. AA Azeez Member
05 Ms. KP Mathotaarachchi Member
06 Dr. WS Chandrasekara Secretary
Prof. JASK Jayakody (Director)

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

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