MILESTONES

2012

2012

Preparation and launching of the 2nd Sri Lanka Human Development Report for the UNDP

Launch of the IPS University Forum

Launch of the IPS Facebook

Signing an MOU with the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore
2011

2011

IPS Auditorium opened in July

Launch of the IPS Annual Conference based on the IPS State of the Economy Report

Creating a Digital Library
2010

2010

Shifting to the new IPS Head Office

Appointment of a new Chairman and members to the Board of Governors

Gazetted under Ministry of Research & Technology

Formation of an Audit Committee

Winner of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) grant (four year core funding under IDRC)

Investing in a new IT Network
2009

2009

Initiating the IPS Blog

Launching of the first Sri Lanka Migration Outlook report

Launching of the South Asia Migration Commission

Launching the first Sri Lanka Climate Change report and the corresponding website

Appointed as the academic focal point for the Asian Cooperation Dialogue
2008

2008

Initiating the first South Asia Economic Summit

Initiating the first India-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IL-CEPA) public dialogue
2007

2007

Employee Performance Development Review was introduced to staff

Laying the foundation stone for the IPS Head Office

Calling bids and selecting the contractor for the new Head Office

Chairman and Executive Director invited to serve in the National Economic Council under H.E. the President
2006

2006

IPS signs an agreement with The Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation for the Dutch contribution for the construction of a New IPS Office Building

Vesting order issued for land allocated to the IPS

Appointment of a new Chairman, and members to the Board of Governors of the IPS

Gazetted under the Presidential Secretariat

Creation of the centralized Economic Research Databases, and implementation in the institutional corporate web

The IPS became self -financing with the ending of Dutch Funding in June 2006

Initiation of policy advocacy work (on effective service delivery by Provincial Councils)
2005

2005

Creation of new position of Deputy Director

Initiated translation of IPS publications into Sinhala and Tamil languages

Compilation of input-output tables for Sri Lanka

IPS placed under the Ministry of Plan Implementation by Gazette Notification in December

Organized the first major international conference with more than 150 foreign participants (Poverty and Economic Policy [PEP] General Meeting)
2004

2004

Initiation of an intranet IPS Corporate Website and increasing the IPS Intranet Bandwidth to 512 kbps

IPS placed under the Ministry of Advanced Technology and National Enterprise Development by Gazette Notification in November

Implementation of the IPS corporate plan

IPS appointed to the Chair for the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group
2003

2003

Creation of the Information Systems Unit

Launch of redesigned IPS public website

Introduction of a Medical Health Insurance Scheme for staff
2002

2002

Creation of the Publications and Communications Unit and initiation of in- house desktop publishing

Production of Sri Lanka National Health Accounts

Initiation of in-house web development activities

IPS added on another location and took on rent a building in close proximity to the IPS Head Office, this location was known as the IPS Annex

Re-engineering the Finance and Administration function and computerizing the manual accounting, budgeting and project management processes
2001

2001

Commencement of IPS Phase IV Operation

Core Research Programme and Research Units come into Operation

Creation of new position of Director-Administration and Corporate Affairs and decentralization of administration functions

IPS placed under Ministry of Policy Development and Implementation by Gazette Notification in December

IPS public website launched

IPS library intranet services launched
2000

2000

Launch of the South Asia Economic Journal, an international journal jointly with RIS India

Partner Institution in Sri Lanka for the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS)

IPS placed under Ministry of Industrial Development by Gazette Notificaiton in August
1999

1999

Donation of land by the Government of Sri Lanka for construction of the IPS Head Office

Amendment to the IPS Act

Endowment Fund Trust comes into operation

Resident Coordinator position abolished in August
1998

1998

Introduction of a monthly Book Review series

Initiation of a Professorial Chair

Appointed as the focal point of the SAARC Research Network
1997

1997

Commencement of IPS Phase III funding

Introduction of the IPS Annual Report

Appointed as the focal point of the IOR-ARC academic group in Sri Lanka

Appointed as the MIMAP project partner in Sri Lanka
1996

1996

First External Evaluation of the IPS

MOUs with foreign universities for exchange programes initiated
1995

1995

Introduction of a policy input-oriented monthly public seminar programme, and monthly in-house seminar programme

Initiation of project work

Initiation of IPS Health Policy Programme as an independent pilot project

Introduction of a Manual of Operations

First contribution to the Endowment Fund of C$ 1 million from the Government of Canada
1994

1994

Office premises relocated to St. Michael’s Road, Colombo 3

Appointment of a new Executive Director in December
1993

1993

Initiation of the IPS Endowment Fund

Introduction of the Senior Visiting Fellow and Project Internship programmes
1992

1992

Initiation of the IPS State of the Economy Report

Initiation of macroeconomic data base
1991

1991

Appointment of a new Resident Coordinator
1990

1990

IPS comes into formal operation under the Ministry of Finance and Planning by Gazette Notification in April

Commencement of IPS Phase II funding
1989

1989

Appointment of the Executive Director and Board of Governors

Office premises shifted to the DFCC Building, Colombo 3
1988

1988

IPS established under Act of Parliament No. 53 of 1988
1985

1985

IPS Project located in the Ministry of Finance and Planning with a Resident Coordinator from the ISS, The Hague, with funding under Phase I of Sri Lanka-Netherlands Technical Cooperation project