The PIM Alumni Association (PIMA) concluded their Annual General Meeting on 28th of August 2020 at PIM, electing the President and the Executive Committee for the Year 2020/21. The AGM which was originally planned to be held in end March 2020, got delayed till end August 2020, due to the lock down followed by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Mr. Denzil Indrajith Perera was elected the President for the year 2020/21. The president and the executive committee deliberated on maximizing services to members during the tenure as they took office as an interim committee due to the prevailing pandemic conditions during the year 2020. The events and activities of the annual event calendar for the year hardly took off ground due to the second wave and the restrictions that followed from the beginning of October 2020. However, as Nations Thought Leaders, PIMA alumni faced the challenge positively, swiftly adapting to catering to the requirements of the ’new-normal’ by way of connecting with members via various online activities and webinars addressing topics quenching the thirst in the need of the hour.
The overall strategy set for the year was to empower and gain new members especially from recently passed out batches. The committee worked tirelessly on releasing 1500 new membership cards to its members, putting up a member portal for easy interactions with members, revamping of the website and launching of member rewards program to provide value additions to members.
The members of PIMA are professionals who have completed either their Masters’ or Doctoral studies at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM). PIMA claims of having the largest number of professionals in the country, with over 2000 active members who hold MBA, MPA and PhD from the Institute, many of whom are holding Senior Managerial positions both in Private and Public-sector organizations. During the span of two decades PIMA has become a formidable force changing the way businesses are seen and operated in the most professional and ethical ways in keeping to the vision of PIM.
The New Executive Committee of PIMA invited members to engage and support PIMA during the ensuing year to continue the momentum.
The Executive committee elected were as below (referring to the cover photograph):
SEATED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Lakmali Priyangika (Treasurer), Jayalal Hewawasam (Immediate Past President), Dr. Samantha Ratnayake (Faculty Coordinator), Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri (Patron PIMA/Director PIM), Denzil Perera (President 2020/21), Shiranthi Theverapperuma (Vice President) and Dr. Chandana Ekanayake (Secretary).
STANDING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Janaka Nonis, Nilufa Nizam, Shantha Ketipearachchi, Mahasen Wijayaratne, Lalinda Ariyaratne, Dhananjaya Ponnamperuma, Ramesh Dassanayake, Chanaka Gunatilake, Thimira Manamendra, Nilam Halaldeen, Dr. Viruli De Silva and Dishan Shaminda.