KDU Aeronautic Engineering course open from this year
General Sir John Kotalawala Defence University (KDU)
Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris yesterday stated that the
Aeronautic Engineering Faculty of KDU is open from this year for the
civil students who are qualified for university entrance.
Vice Chancellor Peiris stating that the Aeronautic
Engineering stream of the Engineering Faculty was open only for the
officer cadets of the Sri Lanka Air Force told the Daily News that it is
open to the civil society as there were a large number of employment
opportunities in the international job market.
He also stated that with the Aeronautical Engineering
degree from University Grants Commission approved KDU, the talented
youth of the country will have a valuable opportunity for the first time
in Sri Lanka to begin their career in the aeronautical engineering
The Major General said the graduands only have to join
the Sri Lanka Air Force Volunteer Force as second lieutenants after the
completion of the course and undergo the Air Force physical training for
six months and thereafter they can join any local or foreign private
institution to begin their employment.
The KDU is the only university in Sri Lanka that can
boast of having an Aeronautical Engineering Faculty. The KDU is a member
of the Association of Commonwealth Universities - United Kingdom so that
the graduands can apply for postgraduate courses from any of the
Commonwealth universities. The aeronautical engineering course for civil
students will cost around Rs 4 million.
Referring to the course fee the Vice Chancellor stated
that it is very cheap compared to the charges made by foreign
institutions. Certain institutions charge this amount only for tuition
and to complete the course the students have to go abroad.
All the facilities and other allowances given to the
officer cadets of the KDU will be given to those civil students
including the monthly salary of Rs 23,000 during the three years they
study at the KDU.
In addition they would be provided with board and
lodging, uniforms, batmen facilities, recreational facilities, and
medical facilities free. "So that a considerable amount of the fee would
be given back to the students during their course" Peiris said.
They will be recruited to the KDU with the next intake
and the qualifications would be the same as for the others. The
applicants should be university qualified, possess a minimum of a credit
pass for English language at the GCE (O/L) examination and they will
have to sit for a written test held by the KDU that includes general
knowledge, IQ, current affairs etc. They will be tested for their
physical fitness as well. The closing date of applications is April 9
and the applications can be obtained on the website of www.kdu.ac.lk.
and from the gate of the KDU at Ratmalana.
Courtesy : Daily news