South Asia’s largest HR conference kicks off today
The National HR Conference 2015 organised by IPM Sri Lanka, the nation’s leader in human resource management, will be held under the theme, ‘HR for National Prosperity, Insights, Initiatives and Implications’ today and tomorrow at the BMICH Colombo.
As the authority and pioneer of the country’s HR Profession, IPM Sri Lanka has aptly dedicated this year’s conference in educating the public on role played by ‘human resources’ in ushering national prosperity. Accordingly, the conference will create a platform for the country’s HR fraternity to deliberate upon the insights, initiatives, and implications of people management practices that can deliver prosperity to both the people and the country at large.
IPM Sri Lanka President Rohitha Amarapala commenting on the theme said: “National prosperity encompasses a variety of aspects, including economic development, social wellbeing, environmental protection and peaceful co-existence. Hence both public sector administrators and private sector managers have a crucial role to play in ushering a prosperous nation.”
“This is more critical in the post-war Sri Lanka with accelerated development taking place in all fronts. Human Resources (HR) as a profession cannot operate in isolation ignoring these realities,” he added.
NHRC 2015 Chairman Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri who steered both the Conference Committee and Technical Committee stated that the National HR Conference, which is tagged as South Asia’s biggest HR event, has been planned bigger, better and brighter.
“It will feature a combination of eminent international and local speakers with private and public sector collaboration. Insights, initiatives and implications with regard to HR for national prosperity will be the subject area in focus. A novel session line-up with more time for discussions will make the participants actively involved in the proceedings and I can assure all participants a refreshing difference.”
Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri added that the IPM Sri Lanka, being responsive to the national needs, decided to focus this Year’s National HR Conference to reflect on and relate to its obligations to the nation. “HR can be a bridge between private and public sectors as its key functions have an overarching eﬀect on utilising the most precious resource of any organisation. Ironically, we have an over-emphasis on private sector HR with less focus on the public sector. This should be rectified through a sensible dialog on best HR practices and their applicability to both private and public sectors alike. National HR Conference (NHRC 2015) intends to fill this void in a meaningful and memorable manner,” he revealed.
The organising committee of NHRC 2015 assures the participants of an exciting array of technical sessions to showcase the public and private sector perspectives relating to HR with the participation of renowned local and international resource personnel who are proven experts in their chosen disciplines.
Furthermore the participants will be exposed for a series of discussions, high-class and energised Debating, awarding of the most outstanding personalities, etc. packed with entertainment in between. All in all this will be an ideal opportunity for the participants to network with one another.
The Chief Guest of the Clash of the Champions (The Great HR Debate) will be Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake. Sri Lanka’s top entrepreneur, innovator and business leader Dr. Lawrence Perera – Chairman and CEO of Micro Holdings Ltd. – will be the keynote speaker at the National HR Conference 2015.
Following are some of the featured events at this year’s National HR Conference:
HR Service Providers’ Exhibition – showcasing the finest and latest HR solutions
The Great HR Debate – the only debating contest dedicated to the HR fraternity
National HR Excellence Awards – rewarding the ‘best of best in HR’
IPM Sri Lanka People Leaders’ Awards – recognising ‘people leaders’ representing diverse disciplines
From its modest beginnings in 1959, the Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka (IPM) has developed to being the leading human resource authority in Sri Lanka, focusing on proactively meeting the needs of the HR practitioner. Through the years, IPM has adapted to the many changes and developments in human resource management, remaining committed to upholding the highest standards in the profession.