First HRM Awards Country Report
Institutional Structure and Scope
The National Human Resources Development Council is an institution established to play a vital role under the Ministry Of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs. Under the powers vested in the institution, it gives priority to all activities pertaining to human resources development and implements policies for human resources development. The prime objective of the institution is to organize itself as an apex body that guides the relevant minister and the government on human resources development.
'As a national level advisory council, the National Council for Human Resources Development of Sri Lanka was established on 05th June, 1987 as a unit attached to the Ministry Of Youth and Skills Development. Subsequently, under the National Human Resources Development Council Act No.18 of Sri Lanka, it was brought under the purview of the Ministry of Science and Technology as an independent statutory body. However within a short period of time, i.e. in the Year 2000, the institution was placed under the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training and again in the year 2001, the National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka was designated as an institution coming under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. With the subsequent change of the government, the institution was brought under the purview of the Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Training. This institution which has been thus been moved from one ministry to another over a short period of time currently functions under the Ministry of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs.