More foreign Cadets to the KDU
A decision has been taken to increase the number of scholarships awarded for foreign cadets to the prestigious General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). As the only university offering graduate courses in defence studies in the South Asian region the KDU offers degrees to local and foreign students of the SAARC region.
Approval has already been granted for the intake of 02 cadets each from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives for every intake. A proposal made by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, to extend this facility as a gesture of goodwill to Myanmar, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Vietnam has been approved by the Cabinet.
Founded in 1981 as a Defence Academy, the KDU was elevated to the level of a university in 1986. It is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom). The university has opened its doors to civil students who wish to continue their higher studies in the fields of Engineering, Law, Management, Social Sciences and IT. KDU currently offers degree courses at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.
These foreign officer cadets will be entitled to all facilities including food, accommodation, uniforms and rations on par with those entitled to their local counterparts. An annual stipend of Rs.96,000.00 will also be paid to each cadet.