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Prof. Dr. H.H.D.N.P. Opatha is the Professor of Human Resource Management (on Merit) in the Department of Human Resource Management (HRM), Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), Sri Lanka. The following information is the evidence of his professionalism, academic and research excellence. He has held many academic positions including Visiting Associate Professor in Business, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia (Northern University of Malaysia) in 2010

      Visiting Lecturer in HRM for MBA and MSc Programmes at Universiti Utara Malaysia in 2000 and 2001; and Course Director and Visiting Lecturer in HRM for graduate programmes (MBA and MA Labour Studies) at University of Colombo and for MBA programme at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Also he has performed several managerial positions including Chairperson of the Board of Management Studies and Commerce, Faculty of Graduate Studies, USJ; Head of the Department of Human Resource Management, USJ; Director of Local Technical Secretariat, USJ Coordinator of the MSc Management Programme, USJ; and Officer (Class III) in Sri Lanka Educational Administrative Service.

      He holds four academic qualifications, i.e. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Special) (Honours) (USJ)-1985; Master of Science in Business Administration (HRM) (USJ)-1991; Master of Business Administration (The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)-1993; and Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia)-2001. Also he holds three professional qualifications, i.e. Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (Distinction) (Cambridge Tutorial College-currently known as Cambridge International College, United Kingdom); Diploma in Every Day English (Merit) (College of Professional Management- currently under the Cambridge International College, United Kingdom); and Honorary Doctorate in Human Resource Management (on Merit) (Irish International University).

      His recognitions and awards include Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship awarded to read for BSc by the Government of Sri Lanka in 1981 as recognition of the best results secured in Matale District from the G.C.E. (A/L) held in 1980; Open Competitive Commonwealth Scholarship awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom in 1992 to read for MBA; A financial award from Swedes Government under SAREC-SJP Assistance Programme to read PhD at UUM; A special award by a team of Human Resource Professionals in the appreciation and recognition of the achievements and 247 contributions to the Discipline of HRM (17/12/2003); Honorary Membership of Institute of Personnel Management Sri Lanka (INC) in recognition of the outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of Human Resource (12/05/2005); Selected as a Sri Lankan Personality and included in the Millennium Register of Sri Lankan Personalities (page number: 214) complied and presented by Key Research and Information Ltd; Certified as Human Resource Management Strategist on 21st day of June, 2007 by Lanka Accreditation Centre (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka; Award of Excellence in the field of HRM (in recognition of the contribution rendered towards the academic field of HRM in Sri Lanka) by the Students’ Association of the Department of HRM, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya endorsed by the Head of the Department of HRM and presented by the Vice Chancellor, University of Kelaniya (09/06/2009); Award of Pride of HR Profession by World HRD Congress at Global HR Excellence Awards 2010 (12/02/2010); and the IPM Gold Medal for the most outstanding HR professional of the year which is a once in a life time award (07/06/2010).


          His publications include 12 Books; 29 Research Articles in Local and International Journals of Repute; 11 Abstracts; and 03 Study Manuals. His unique achievements are Author of the First Sri Lankan Text Book on HRM in English Medium (Human Resource Management: Personnel, 2009); Founder Editor of Sri Lankan Journal of Human Resource Management (2007); First Full Professor in the field of HRM in Sri Lanka (2003) (; the Most Senior Academic in the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of USJ with effect from his merit promotion to the Post of Professor (from Senior Lecturer-Grade II) (from 26/06/2003); becoming Full Professor at the age of 40 with full academic qualifications (both local and foreign) in the field; the First Sri Lankan to qualify with two Master’s Degrees specialising in HRM and a Doctor of Philosophy in HRM (2001); Author of the First Text Book on HRM in Sinhala Medium (Sewamandala Kalamanakaranaye, 1995); and the First A/L Commerce Student who entered the university from Dambullu Maha Viduhala in Matale District (now known as Dambulla Central College) (1980). His part-time positions and special roles include Visiting Professor for MBA Programmes at University of Colombo; HRM Consultant; Subject Reviewer of Quality Assurance Council, UGC and Adjudicator for appointments of University Associate Professors/Professors (National University of Malaysia, University of Colombo, USJ etc.).

          Dr. N.L.A. Karunaratne, Vice Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka



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