|“Cooperation & Collaboration for Maritime Prosperity”|
The National Security Adviser of India Dr. Ajit Kumar Doval, KC, will arrive in the island today to attend the Galle Dialogue 2014 at the invitation of the Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The International Maritime Conference organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development commences in the Port City of Galle tomorrow, 01st December 2014. Dr. Doval will be warmly received by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Dr. Doval's participation in the Galle Dialogue is symbolic of the goodwill between the two friendly nations and the highest regard accorded to Sri Lanka's initiative aimed at fostering maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region.
Dr. Ajit Kumar Doval has a Master’s degree in Economics and joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1968. After a short stint in his parent cadre (Kerala), he joined the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in 1972. Dr. Doval headed IB’s Operations wing for long years and was founder Chairman of the Multi Agency Center (MAC) and the Joint Task Force on Intelligence (JTFI). He retired as Director Intelligence Bureau in 2005.
Dr. Doval was awarded the Kirti Chakra in 1989, one of the highest Defence gallantry awards of India. He was also the country’s youngest officer to be awarded the prestigious Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service in six years of his service, a record that he still holds. He is also a recipient of the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. A graduate of the Indian National Defence College, Dr. Doval was elected President of the International Association of Chief of the Police for Asia and Pacific region in 2004.
Post retirement, Dr. Doval has remained actively involved in the discourse on national security in India. He is the founder director of the Vivekanada International Foundation (VIF), a think-tank in New Delhi, mainly focusing on issues pertaining to national security and strategic studies.
Dr. Doval, who has been the National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of India since 30th May 2014, is due to deliver the keynote address at the Galle Dialogue's inaugural session tomorrow.