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A country could raise the resilience by promoting civil-military relations through education - Defence Secretary

March 10, 2021
  • A series of infrastructure developments in place at KDU
  • A logo to signify the upcoming 40th KDU Anniversary launched

We must always bear in our minds that the university education could inculcate core values of security and development such as human dignity, integrity, democratic participation, sustainable development, economic equity, mutual understanding and equality of opportunity, said the Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) today (Mar 10).

Mentioning the instrumental role played by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) in manifestation of civil military relations and the importance of inculcating aforementioned core values, he said by promoting civil military relations through education, a country could raise resilience levels in order to reach universal goals of national growth.

The Defence Secretary expressed these remarks while addressing a gathering at the KDU Auditorium, Ratmalana during a visit today.

The KDU is an organization administrated under the Defence Ministry’s purview.

Gen. Gunaratne was accorded a drive pass guard turnout upon his arrival to the venue and received by the KDU Vice Chancellor Maj. Gen. Milinda Peiris.

The Defence Secretary also launched a specially designed logo at the invitation of the Vice Chancellor to signify the upcoming 40th KDU Anniversary.

The Defence Secretary in his capacity as the Chairperson of the University’s Board of Management praised the initiatives taken by the KDU for a rapid progression in its development and further illustrated the importance of enhancements to be one of the leading universities in the country and within the region.

Maj. Gen. Peiris and the University staffers briefed KDU’s future aspirations to the Defence Secretary accordingly.

A new Pavilion at the parade square, fully-fledged Laboratory Building, new Marine Engine Simulator and an Innovation Laboratory, Sports Pavilion Complex, accommodation for staffers and the refurbished Club House were declared open today.

An array of innovative products spearheaded by the KDU, being a University pioneering in providing innovative solutions for the country, were displayed to the Defence Secretary during the visit.
The Defence Secretary also inspected the ongoing construction site of the Auditorium Complex of the KDU.

Further speaking he said, “Being venerated by the glory of producing officers of great personalities who contributed immensely towards sustaining the peace and security of the country, the KDU stands testimony to the quality of teaching manifested to its officers of the tri- services in an exemplary manner”.

In concluding, Gen. Gunaratne expressed his appreciation to the tri-forces for extending their supportive hands for the infrastructure developments of the University.

Mementos were exchanged between the Defence Secretary and Maj. Gen. Peiris to mark the occasion.

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Additional Secretary (Defence) P.B.S.C Nonis, KDU Southern Campus Rector Brig. Prasad Edirisinghe, Deans of Faculties, University Registrar, senior military officers, academic and non-academic staffers and students were also present at the event.