The Institute of Human Resource Advancement (IHRA) is one of the Institutes attached to the University of Colombo (IHRA-UOC) and it has been established under the Ordinance No.11 of 1979 which was amended by Ordinance No. 01 of 2006. IHRA is advancing according to the global and local developments through the “knowledge economy”.
The state controlled Sri Lankan Universities and Institutes have been recently categorized by the Treasury as Educational Agencies (Public Enterprises Circular 58(2) dated 15 Sep 2011). The Board of Management of the Institute is called as the Academic Syndicate, and it is chaired by the Director. Unlike in other Non-Commercial Enterprises the Director has the Chairman’s role as well as the Chief Financial Officer and the Administrative Head in addition to a heavy load of Academic responsibilities.
The main objective of educating the employed “work-groups” remains the same although the term “knowledge workers” was not used in the past when this Institute was established. However, present knowledge-worker category includes both the management categories as well as the traditional worker groups, and present objectives of the institute are applicable to advance any category of “knowledge workers”
Universities and Institutes have a greater responsibility to guide the country in correct development path, and educate not only the undergraduates but also the work-groups (knowledge workers) of the country including the decision makers. Unless the current work-groups and decision makers are not updated with fast changing knowledge in the world, country will not be able to go forward as expected. The basic concept of IWE was, and presently that of IHRA is, to serve the country by educating “knowledge workers” while keeping the international University organizational standards.
Although, the IHRA-UoC accommodates annually for about 15,000 students, it has only 04 permanent academic lecturer positions, 03 middle grade Administrative posts, and 01 Senior Assistant Librarian post. The total number of State funded positions is around 30, and the annual state contribution is around 22 million SL Rupees, mainly as recurrent expenditure for IHRA employee. IHRA-UoC currently offers 05 Postgraduate Degree Programs up to Masters Level, one Undergraduate Degree (ie. BLE) 2 Executive Diploma Programs, 11 Diploma Programs, and around 18 Certificate Courses.