Objectives of NIPM:
The National Institute of Plantation Management Act No. 45 of 1979 was amended in 1981 by Act No. 76, in 1987 by Act No. 05 and in 2003 by Act No. 38 in order to make the NIPM a more effective and viable statutory body of the government. As per these acts, NIPM is the only organization empowered to award certificates for those who successfully complete training programmes/academic courses and confer professional Membership to eligible plantation executives under three (03) major categories. It ensures the maintenance of a high standard of professional competence of those who work in the Plantation Industry including the Small Holding Sector. To achieve these objectives, the NIPM conducts various kinds of seminars, workshops, examinations and provides research and consultancy services to public and private sector organizations. It has also the capacity to conduct training programmes for foreign students as well.
The objectives of NIPM can be divided into five(05) major categories as follows
- Conducting academic courses
- B.Sc. degree in Plantation Management jointly with University of Wayamba. National Diploma in Plantation Management, Higher National Diploma in Plantation Management, Diploma in Plantation Extension Management.
- Certificate courses in Plantation Accounting and Financial Management, Tea Manufacture and Factory Management etc.
- Professional programmes (Tea Manufacture, Rubber Manufacture, Coconut Processing and Language Proficiency)
- Conducting training programmes in different subjects relating to Plantation Management.
- Various workshops, seminars, symposium etc.
- Skill Development Training Programmes for Factory Officers, Field Officers and Clerical Staff and other categories of personnel working in the sector.
- Providing research and consultancy services in Plantation Management and conduct aptitude tests/examinations for selecting and promoting employees to Public and Private Sector Organisations.
- Issuing publications (Journal in Plantation Management, Newsletter, Student Manuals of training programmes, text books and other periodicals etc.)
- Conferring Professional Membership of the Institute to eligible Plantation Executives. (Honorary Member, Fellow Member, Associate Member and Student Member)
The Institute has almost all the infrastructure facilities that are required for a training centre. Its Head Office at Athurugiriya has three (03) Lecture Halls with AC, a printing unit, an Audio Visual Section with modern equipments, a library with more than 5000 collection of books, a large Auditorium which can accommodate 200 heads at time, a hostel with accommodation facilities for 55 personnel, other office premises and thirteen (13) acres of land. There are separate bungalows for both Director and Chairman and quarters for another seven (07) staff members. There are adequate vehicles for conducting even 02 to 03 programmes simultaneously in the regions. The Regional Training Centre situated at Theresia Estate Bogawantalawa also has the above mentioned facilities and it can accommodate nearly 70 participants at a time.
To be the centre of excellence in providing training and conducting consultancy and research on plantation management.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF NIPM
1. Mr. Ranjit K. Samarasinghe
Chairman, National Institute of Plantation Management
2. Dr. Gamini Seneviratne
Director, Rubber Research Institute
3. Dr. I.S.B. Abeysinghe
Director, Tea Research Institute
4. Dr. Jayantha Goonethilake
Director, Coconut Research Institute
5. Dr. D. V. Seevaratnam
Representative / Planters’ Association of Ceylon ( PA)
6. Mr. Malin Goonetilleke
Secretary General, The Plantersí Association of Ceylon
7. Mr. Sarath Sirisena
Director/CEO, Lanka Commodity Brokers Ltd.
8. Mr. Arjun Deraniyagala
Representative / Coconut Growers’ Association
9. Mrs. Loshini Peiris
Director, Dept. of External Resources
10. Mr. K. G. B. Obeysekera
Actg. General Manager / Tea Smallholdings Dev. Authority
11. Mr. Ranjan Walpola
Representative / Private Tea Factory Owners Association
12. Mr. N. G. Piyasena
Accountant, Ministry of Plantation Industries
13. Mr. R. M. Gunasekera
Representative / Sri Lanka Federation of Tea Smallholdings Dev. Societies
14. Mr. P. W. A. Kapilawanshe
Director, National Institute of Plantation Management