The 2nd National Summit on People Management 2017 (2nd NSPM 2017)

‘The 2nd National Summit on People Management 2017′ (NSPM 2017) organised by the Department of Human Resource Management of the Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies, University of Kelaniya was successfully conducted on the 12th of December 2017 at the Kingsbury, Colombo. The theme this time was ‘‘Peopling for Innovation’ that discussed particularly HRD issues at different performance contexts: corporates; industry; and national level. The specialty of this summit was that it congregated stakeholders from the academia, practice, policy-making process and postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister for Special Assignments graced the event as the Chief Guest and while addressing the gathering he stated that the HR management should be developed in both Public and Private Sectors. Furthermore, he pointed out the necessity of good programmes such as NSPM 2017 to fulfill that purpose. The Summit comprised of four distinct sessions: ‘The people Management Colloquium’ which was the epic event of the entire programme that brought around eighty industry partners. ‘The Academic Convention’ for the academia, ‘Postgraduates’ Caucus’ for the postgraduate students and ‘The undergraduates’ Confab’ for the undergraduates shared outputs of research, business cases and action learning projects.

This time NSPM 2017 attracted 12 internationals from Malaysia and India for fruitful knowledge sharing and collaborations. As a Result, Dr. D.U Mohan, Head, Department of Human Resource Management and Dr. Rajesvari Narendran, the Director, Academy of HRD -India (Academy of Human Resource Management) exchanged letters of commitment for a strong collaborative partnership between the AHRD-India and the Department of HRM, University of Kelaniya by establishing AHRD-Sri Lanka as the pioneering AHRD in Sri Lanka.

The Professional keynote speaker was Mr. Dian Gomes, Chairman at Hela Clothing (Pvt.) Ltd. while the Academic keynote speaker was Prof. Chandima Gomes, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The keynote speaker of the Postgraduates’ Caucus was conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Roziah Mohd Rasdi, Department of Professional Development & Continuing Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) while the Keynote speaker for the Undergraduates’ Confab was conducted by Mr. Buddhi Paranamanna, Project Manager at Hela Clothing (Pvt.) Ltd.

The 2nd NSPM 2017 was participated by Dr. P.N.D. Fernando, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies, University of Kelaniya, Dr. D.U. Mohan, Head of the Department of Human Resources Management and the Chair of the 2nd NSPM 2017, Senior Lecturer (Ms.) W.A.S. Weerakkody, Co- Chair of the 2nd NSPM 2017 as well as Senior Lecturer (Ms.) H.M. Nishanthi, Co-Chair of the 2nd NSPM 2017 along with other academic staff of the Department of Human Recourses Management. In addition, HR Professionals, HR policy makers, HR post graduates and undergraduates also participated in this National Summit.