Prez inaugurates National Defence College

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open the National Defence College (NDC) today (11). The President inaugurated the main building and later inspected the academic facilities, and thereafter launched the official website of the National Defence College.

This was made known by a statement released by the Presidents’ Media Division today (11).

Experts from the University of Colombo, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, The Australian Defence Training College, specialists representing the USA and Pakistan were the resource persons for the Curriculum Committee.

The NDC is located at the Mumtaz Mahal building which belongs to the Ministry of Defence on the Galle Road, Colombo 03.

The statement mentions that the Chinese government had contributed to the construction of a fully equipped auditorium, the Pakistani government contributed to building a Library and the Australian Government and the Tri- Forces provided books for the library.

‘In the past, Sri Lanka had no option but to seek vacancies in foreign educational establishments to obtain strategic education opportunities for senior military officers. Although a few officers benefited greatly from course placements offered by friendly nations each year, many more were deprived of this opportunity,” said President Rajapaksa in his speech.

He added that the establishment of the National Defence College in Sri Lanka fulfils a long-felt need for the country.

‘The establishment of this College therefore greatly increases the number of senior military officers who can receive such exposure each year. Senior military officers who follow high-level defence and strategic courses at
the NDC will have the opportunity to assume senior command positions in the Armed Forces in the future, including even the position of Commander,’ he said.

Additionally, The first course offered by the College will be held full-time for 10 months from tomorrow until August 2022, and 27 officers of the Tri- forces and 04 police officers have been selected to follow the course.

Principal Advisor to President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Commanders of the Tri- Forces, IGP, University Chancellors and Vice Chancellors were also present on this occasion.