Monday, 6 January 2014 00:00
Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL) Director General Dr. S.H.A.M. Abeyratne is due to relinquish his position on 15 January, 2014 on reaching the retirement age of 65 years. He joined the IBSL in October, 2008 as Acting Director General and appointed as Director General effective from 15 January 2009. Prior to joining the IBSL, Dr. Abeyratne served the Central bank for 36 years, holding different capacities and retired as Assistant Governor.
Over the past five years IBSL has manifested significant progress in terms of its student’s member registration, delivering professionals to the banking and finance industry, opening of accredited centres across the Island and abroad, establishing Affiliation with world recognised universities and professional bodies.
In addition, IBSL is now in the process of constructing 12-story state-of-the-art building, to provide better learning facilities to its clients. Dr. Abeyratne was instrumental in initiating and achieving those progressive elements at the IBSL. During his tenure, on behalf the IBSL management, he has submitted a proposal to the Minister of Higher Education and the University Grants Commission to obtain degree awarding status to the IBSL as there has been continuous demand from IBSL student members. This request has been considered favourably by the high-powered UGC team and only few conditions have to be fulfilled as per the UGC recommendation to elevate IBSL as degree awarding institute and it will become a reality in the near future. The IBSL hopes to celebrate its golden jubilee, having archived with those targets in 2015.