Kotelawala Defence Academy to be elevated to status of Defence
Parliament yesterday asked an amendment to Sir John
Kotelawala Defence Academy Act naming it General Sir John Kotelawala
This amendment was moved in Parliament by Prime
Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake and passed unanimously. Attention
would be paid what role the University Grants Commission could play in
elevating this institution in a manner that it would retain its
This would provide trainees in the academy an
opportunity to obtain recognized academic and professional
qualifications. It is a historic event in the recognition of the
contributions our forces have made towards national security and
safeguarding the sovereignty of the country.
On August 21, the Cabinet has granted its approval to
a Memorandum submitted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Minister of
Defence, Public Security, Law and Order to amend the Defence Services
Command and Staff College Act.
The Military Command and Staff College which was
maintained as a college belonging to the Army under the Ministry of
Defence, Public Security, Law and Order has been established as the
Defence Services Command and Staff College with effect from 22/01/2007.
This college constitutes the sole and highest level institute of Sri
Lanka which provides practical and theoretical training to the officers
of the three forces.
The Attorney General has confirmed that the Draft Bill
on the Defence Services Command and Staff College prepared by the Legal
Draftsman is in conformity with the Constitution. Therefore, the Cabinet
has granted its approval to publish this Draft Bill in the Government
Gazette and to present it in the parliament for approval.
Courtesy : Government Information Department