HE the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declares open National Defence College

His Excellency the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (11th November 2021) presided over the opening of National Defence College (NDC) in Colombo and this momentous event was also attended by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne. National Defence College (NDC) was established as the premier institute that promotes strategic thinking for the senior officers of the tri-service, Police and Public Service.

Fulfilling a long-felt need, this high level educational establishment was established to groom highly qualified strategic decision-makers in the fields of national security, statecraft, diplomacy and public policy to ensure national security and national development of Sri Lanka.

Eminent scholars from both home and away have been the resource persons for the Curriculum Committee of the NDC which is presently accredited to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University for the awarding of post graduate degrees.

Secretary to the President, Dr P.B. Jayasundara, Principal Adviser to the President, Mr Lalith Weeratunge, Secretary to Foreign Ministry, Admiral (Retd) Jayanath Colombage, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Defence Attachés, Defence Secretary, General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Commander of the Air Force, Commandant, NDC Major General (Retd) Amal Karunasekara, Inspector General of Police, state officials and a group of distinguished guests were present on this occasion.

Photo courtesy by Sri Lanka Army Media