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SPEAK ’17 - 2017


Speak ’17 – Inaugural Intra – University Speech Competition organized by the Toastmasters Club of Kotelawala Defense University was held on the 15th of February 2017, from 1500 Hrs onwards at the KDU Main Auditorium under the guidance of Officer in Charge Major Inoka Wadumethri and Flt Lt Mihiranga Rathnayake. The event was brightened by the presence of the chief guest Major Janaka Ranaraja who is the Research Officer at FDSS. Furthermore, winners of the competition were selected from 10 finalists by the judge panel which consisted of well recognized Toastmasters Ms Ruvini Ahangangoda, Mr. Rohan Mendis and Ms Kumari Hathurusinghe. The winners of the Speak ’17 Speech Competition were Ms Chalindri Kururkulasuriya (1st place), Ms Sathya Bulathwela (2nd place) and Ms Piyumi Jayasekara (3rd place).

 


 

KDU Tennis

The Tennis team of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University has performed well throughout this year. They have gained National Level achievements in the year 2016. The main tournaments they participated in throughout the year are KDU leaders’ trophy tennis tournament 2016 and Slammers tennis tournament, Interclub championship.

For the First time in KDU history in this year KDU tennis team organized The Leaders Trophy Tennis Tournament on 13th and 14th October 2016. Two tennis teams were participated for that representing KDU including Officer Cadets and Day scholars with tennis teams from varies universities around Sri Lanka.With the opening of new tennis court which is one of the best tennis courts in Sri Lanka and also the guidance of new tennis coachers reasoned for the improvement of KDU tennis in too much higher level throughout this year.

In the leaders’ trophy tennis tournament, there were six universities was participated to the tournament additional that KDU A and KDU B teams. KDU B Team Vs SLIIT were competed for the third place. KDU A team competed with the SAITM for the championship of leaders’ trophy tennis 2016 and finally, KDU A team was able to be the champions with the brilliant victory of leaders’ trophy tennis tournament 2016 under the excellent leadership of team captain Officer Cadet DMSM Dissanayake. Best player men of the tournament were awarded to the day scholar Tob Gyel of KDU A team and best player women of the tournament was awarded to Kemalie Herath of SAITM team.

 

 

Leaders’ Trophy Rugby Tens

The annual Leaders’ Trophy Rugby Tournament which was organized by General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University for the 7th Consecutive time successfully concluded on 4th October at KDU Rugby grounds. A total of 10 teams took part under 2 groups.

Kotelawala Defence University a team got through to Cup Final beating SLMA A team at the semi-final.

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KDU A VS SLMA B 39-00 KDU WON
KDU AVS UOK 22-7 KDU WON
KDU A VS USJP B 39-00 KDU WON
KDU A VS SLMA A 29-3 KDU WON

After the progress of the tournament, CINEC team won the Bowl Championship beating KDU B team at the Final, while SLMA A team edged pass the University of Kelaniya team at the Plate Final.

It was the Cup Final where KDU A team showed tremendous performance beating University of Sri Jayawadanapura to retain the Leaders’ Trophy Rugby Trophy.

KDU B VS CINEC 5-7 CINEC WON (BOWL F.)
SLMA A VS UOK 12-5 SLMA A WON (PLATE F.)
KDU A VS USJP 29-00 KDU A WON (CUP F.)

 

 

KDU Volleyball Team Became Victorious at The Leaders’ Trophy Volleyball Tournament - 2016

The Leaders’ Trophy Volleyball Tournament-2016 organized by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe for the second consecutive year was held from 02 September 2016 to 03 September 2016 at the KDU indoor stadium with the participation of volleyball teams of University of Colombo, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Sabaragamuwa, University of Uva Wellassa and two teams from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Brigadier Adeepa Thilakarathne, the Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University graced the opening ceremony. The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University-A team and the University of Colombo team were selected for the final. Throughout the final match both teams exhibited impressive performances to bring victory to their alma mater. After four competitive rounds the defending champions, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University outmatched the University of Colombo and became the champions. The team captain of KDU, Officer Cadet SMAM Dilshan was adjudged as the best player of the tournament whilst Officer Cadet KLL Savinda and Officer Cadet YSPM Prathapasinghe of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and Mr. Sadun Wimalasena of University of Colombo were awarded the best setter, best defender and best attacker respectively. Colonel Chandana Wickramasinghe, the Dean Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University distributed the awards of the final match as the chief guest. Derana TV volunteered to provide the media coverage for the entire tournament.

 

 

Leaders’ Trophy Cricket Tournament 2016

KDU won the championship on 17th October 2016 and it was a memorable moment because KDU regained the title back on that day. The journey, KDU has gone through was remarkable. They have gone toe to toe with some of the best cricket teams of universities around Sri Lanka. Following teams have participated in this tournament. KDU Blues, KDU Blacks, KDU Knights, Institute of Information Technology(IIT), Edulink Campus, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology(APIIT), College of Chemical Science(CCS), Imperial Institute of Higher Education(IIHE), American National College(ANC) and University of Colombo. KDU Blues was the winners of the tournament by beating IIT in the first round match and then beating ANC in the quarter finals and then beating University Colombo in the semifinals and beating Edulink in the grand finale.

 In the Final, KDU has shown their talent and their skills. Batting first in the grand finale, hosts KDU managed a mammoth 226 in 20 overs, literally batting the opposition out of the match. Opening batsman Ramith Gunarathne gave a solid start as he managed 88. KDU captain Kavindu Perera provided vital support with a top score of 91 for KDU.The Edulink bowlers were given a torrid time by the batsmen even though Nipuna Perera ended with figures of 4 for 37 and Sachintha Hettiarachchi picked up 3 for 48.KDU backed up their excellent batting with some disciplined bowling. Edulink were bowled out for just 55 within 13 overs. Chandimal De Silva was the pick of the bowlers for KDU picking up 3 for 24 in 4 overs. The 3 wickets he has got was a hat trick. Tournament’s Best Batsman was Ramith Gunarathne from KDU, Man of the Final was the captain of KDU Kavindu Ashan , Best Bowler was fast bowler OmeshVidyarathne from KDU, Best Fielder was Wicket keeper Manula Jayasekara from KDU and Man of the Series was Sithum peiris from Edulink, by having scored 166 runs in 3 matches.

 

 

KDU Table Tennis Team (Men’s)  and University of Colombo Table Tennis Team (Women’s) Became Victorious at the Leaders’ Trophy Table Tennis Tournament – 2016

 The Leaders’ Trophy Table Tennis Tournament 2016 organized by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University under the guidance and supervision of the Vice Chancellor Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe for the first time in KDU history. It was held on 05th September 2016 at the KDU Indoor Stadium with the participation of Table Tennis teams of University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, University of Sabaragamuwa, University of Uva Wellassa and two teams from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Colonel Chandana Wickramasinghe, the Dean Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University graced the Opening Ceremony. The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University “A” team and the University of Colombo team were selected for the finals. Throughout the final match both teams exhibited impressive performances to bring victory to their alma mater. After four competitive matches General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University defeated the University of Colombo and became the champions in Men’s team event while University of Colombo beat the University of Moratuwa to became the champions in girls team event. Kotelawala Defence University Girls Team became the 3rd Place defeating University of Sabaragamuwa.

Annual Inter Squadron Swimming Meet 2016

The Annual Inter Squadron Swimming Championship 2016 was held on 5th August 2016 at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University pool successfully with participation of officer cadets and day scholars by representing six squadrons, Gemnunu, Gajaba, Parakum, Vijayaba, Mahasen and Walagamba. Mahasen squadron won with 200 points while Gajaba took the runners- up with 115 points.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Maj Gen JR Kulathunga RSP psc added glamour to the event as the chief guest for the evening opening ceremony while Brig Adeepa Thilakarathna ceremonially opened the meet.
DYNAMIC AV Technologies (PVT) LTD was the platinum sponsor throughout the meet.
Five new KDU records renewed in this year meet.
66m men backstroke – TUO HMJSB Herath
1500m men freestyle – O/C KMG Bandara
800m men freestyle – D/S KDL Alwis
200m men breaststroke – O/C AR Heenkenda
66m women freestyle` – L/O/C KMK Rowel

D/S LKI Mark won the best swimmer because of his three gold medals and L/O/C KMK Rowel won the best female swimmer award for her three gold medals with a new KDU record.
Military officers and Instructors also participated to an exhibition relay event and military officers’ team won it easily.

Social Responsibility Initiative Towards the Flood Victims

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University continued the social responsibility Initiative towards the victims of flood affected areas in Orugodawaththa in wellampitiya DS Divition by donating stationery and other essential items for the school children on 18th June 2016. This was carried out under the guidance of Dr. Namali Sirisoma, the head of the department of Management and Finance, Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities and Major Shiran Dissanayake, Squadron Commander of Intake 31, Faculty of Defense and Strategic Studies. Lt LADS Kumara, troop commander intake 31 and lecturer Miss Danisha de mel also participated to the occation.

Officer Cadets from the United States successfully conclude their visit to KDU

A group of United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Officer Cadets visited Sri Lanka in order to broaden their cultural and regional knowledge as a part of their worldwide programme. The aim of the initiative was to practice cross-cultural communication. The group consisted of 29 Officer Cadets and four instructors.

The first group of US delegates visited General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on 25th May 2016 and they were warmly welcomed by Deputy Vice Chancellor – Defence and Administration, Major General Ruwan Kulatunga. Thereafter, the Officer Cadets met Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe. The Officer Cadets also enjoyed a tour of the University which included the General Sir John Kotelawala memorial museum, the KDU museum, the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory and the Faculty of Medicine. Friendly football and basketball matches were played in the evenings, which promoted companionship between cadets. All three teams of the US Officer Cadets were hosted by KDU for 4 days which included visits to the KDU Teaching Hospital, Werahera and the KDU Southern Campus, Sooriyawewa on the second day.

They also partnered with KDU officer cadets on the third and fourth days for an unexpected social responsibility initiative (SRI) project to assist with flood relief activities in Brandiyawatta, Wellampitiya which was severely affected by the recent deluge due to Cyclone Roanu. This was an interesting addition to their experience here in Sri Lanka. Their assistance in cleaning houses and schools for re-occupation of families and providing dry rations, drinking water, clothes as well as school bags and stationery for school children was highly praised by Sri Lankan media.

They joined KDU Officer Cadets to exchange knowledge in technology and culture by visiting the Colombo Port, Gangaramaya Temple and several other iconic places around Colombo. Officer Cadets from both countries interacted with each other and shared their experiences for about two weeks of time. The programme concluded on 7th June 2016.

The 3rd Group of Officer Cadets from the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Visits KDU

The 3rd team of American Officer Cadets arrived General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on 4th of June 2016 and was welcomed by the Officers and Officer Cadets of KDU. After the KDU documentary and the welcome speech was done US Officer Cadets joined for tea with our Officer Cadets and visited Walawwa- KDU museum, the aeronautical lab and the medical faculty.

American Officer Cadets got a chance to visit various places shared a moment with Officers and Officer Cadets of KDU. KDU basketball team encountered with the America team and KDU became the champions after a tough competition.

On 6th of June 2016 they conducted humanitarian activities to help the flood affected people.Specially they joined their hands with Kolonnawa- Wallampitiya Vidyawardana Maha Vidyalaya clean-up process.

U.S. Officer Cadets Tour South of Sri Lanka for Better Cultural Understanding

The group of Officer Cadets from the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) along with the staff of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), visited cities in south Sri Lanka as part of their initiative to broaden regional knowledge.

On 5th June, the U.S. Officer Cadets visited the KDU Southern Campus in Sooriyawewa, as well as the Hambantota Port and the Mattala International Airport. They also visited the Galle Fort and engaged in activities that broadened their cultural and historical importance of Sri Lanka.

The U.S. Cadets travelled to Sri Lanka under this programme for the first time. Whilst practicing cross-cultural communication, the Officer Cadets also helped with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief work.

 

Book Donation

The Rotaract Club of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) distributed much required school equipment in 310 Watta, Brandiyawatta, Wellampitiya, today, 01st June 2016. This area was severely affected by the recent floods.

The Club along with the Faulty of Medicine identified ten school children who had been severely affected and provided them with school books, stationery and bags. This is in order to enable these children to complete their secondary education.

The group of Officer Cadets from the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) who are here on a cultural immersion and foreign familiarisation training also participated in this endeavour.

KDU in hands with US Army for a Social Responsibility Initiative Project at Wellampitiya

 

Sri Lanka continued to endure heavy rains during the last weeks making most of the island areas under flood. Many families have been displaced limiting their lives to orphanage camps established in several public places in the affected areas. Most of these are heavily populated urban areas in Colombo suburb.

“For the motherland forever “ making their motto to an utmost reality KDU officer cadets, with the guidance and the leadership of the vice chancellor RAdm JJ Ranasinghe participated in the Social Responsibility Initiative project in rehabilitating the lives of the affected.

Making this campaign a great success officer cadets received the friendly hands of US Army officer cadets who were on a delegation tour in Sri Lanka. 25 KDU officer cadets (including 6 lady cadets) worked hand in hand with 0 9 US cadets adding an interesting experience to their lives.

The campaign held for two days making 23 houses fully cleaned and ready for reestablishment which was highly appreciated by the affected in the Brandiyawatta area, Wellampitiya AGA division. The victims were treated by the KDU medical officers and the staff by holding a health campaign.50 families were aided with sanitary items, dry rations, clothes, medicine and drinking water which were a great mean to them.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration), Major General Ruwan Kulatunge, Dean – Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies, Colonel Chandana Wickramasinghe, Deputy Dean – Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Lieutenant Colonel Buddhika Perera and other Officer instructors from the Tri-Services took part in this enormous initiative.

 

Visit of Officer Cadets of the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps

 

A group of Officer Cadets from the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) visited General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on 25th May 2016. They were welcomed by Maj. Gen. JR Kulathunga who in his welcome address highlighted the significance of this visit to both countries and stressed on the importance of Officer Cadets from both countries interacting with each other and sharing their experiences. Thereafter, the Officer Cadets met with RAdm JJ Ranasinghe, the Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. The Officer Cadets also enjoyed a tour of the University which included the General Sir John Kotelawala memorial museum, the KDU museum, Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory and the Faculty of Medicine.

 

The Officer Cadets will be hosted by KDU for four days and will visit the KDU Teaching Hospital, Werahera and the KDU Southern Campus, Sooriyaweva. They also hope to engage in flood relief and resettlement operations in key areas affected by the recent floods along with the Officer Cadets of KDU.

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University of Moratuwa International Shuttle Fest (UMISF) 2016

The Badminton team of KDU emerged as champions for the consecutive 2nd year at the University of Moratuwa International Shuttle Fest which was held at the University of Moratuwa from 06th may 2016 to 16th may 2016. A group of 15 players consisting both Officer Cadets and Day Scholars took part in this tournament. KDU Badminton team was able to bag the men’s championship and women’s 2ndrunner-up titles competing with 15 universities both state and private universities such as University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology etc.

KDU Badminton team played exceptionally well throughout the tournament and performance of KDU team throughout the tournament was outstanding. They reached the finals successfully beating all other teams. Men’s team played the finals against the University of Moratuwa “A” Team. Women’s Team played for 2nd runner up against the Open University of Sri Lanka.

Team members and achievements are as follows:

  • Men’s Overall Championship.
  • Women’s Overall 2ndRunner Up

Men’s Team

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  • 4709                O/C     CD WAIDYADASA
  • MLS/13/004     D/S     KGM CHATHURANGA
  • ENG/13/151      D/S     RADG KALUARACHCHI
  • MLS/14/21        D/S     EVINDU MORAGODA
  • ENG/15/38        D/S     KDOV DHARMATHILAKA
  • LG/15/14          D/S     RK RANATHUNGA
  • ENG/16/033      D/S     PK HETTIARACHCHI

Women’s Team

  • 4827                  J/L/O/C     WN DILHARA
  • 4916                  J/L/O/C     HM ABERATHNE
  • SS/13/145          D/S           YSKSK SILVA
  • ICT/13/247         D/S           NI USOOF
  • MTS/14/17         D/S           WKDY WIKRAMAINGHE
  • ENG/14/062       D/S            PHPP DE SILVA
  • LG/15/53           D/S            PAWS PEIRIS

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Men’s Doubles Champions

  • ENG/15/38     D/S           KDOV DHARMATHILAKA
  • LG/15/14        D/S           RK RANATHUNGA

Mix Doubles 1st runner up

  • LG/15/14         D/S           RK RANATHUNGA
  • MTS/14/17      D/S           WKDY WIKRAMAINGHE

 

 

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BURN BB Tournament

BURN ’16 phase 1 :

3x3 Basketball tournament

With the participation of over 160 players, the first phase of BURN '16 concluded at the indoor basketball stadium of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on the eve of 30th April 2016 with 'RIBC' and 'PINK' reaching the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. A number of teams representing universities, institutions, rotaract clubs and the public took part in the event. The tournament which was of a THREE ON THREE nature carried on at normal pace at the initial knock outs but took an aggressive phase towards the semi finals and finals; where the real deal of the seven minute game made its debut for the day.

Knock - outs

Out of 24 men's teams, J’pura Blues played against Colombo Bulls and RIBC played against Ananda Kings Gold at the semi finals where J'pura Blues and RIBC scored winning hoops and got their path cleared for the finals.

In the women's category, Mavians won the semi final battle against the Old Paulians digging their way into the final dunk- encounter while on the other side PINK emerged victorious over J'pura A, also qualifying for the finals.

The final match in the men's category took a competitive outlook where RIBC triumphed by beating J'pura Blues at a 16- 10 victory. The final of women’s category was taken over by PINK in a 11-8 nail biting victory against the Mavians. The guest of honour for the event, Director of Abans, Retd. Wing Commander, Pradeep Kannangara presented the awards for the winners of the men's category while the awards for the female category winners were presented by the Rotaract Master-In-Charge of Kotelawala Defence University, Lieutenant Commander BLC Gunawantha.

Why BURN?

The event concluded with friendly smiles spreading across everyone's face, the teams congratulating the winners and posing for group photographs. After all, the sole aim of organizing BURN'16 was to raise funds for a pilot research project named ‘The Rain Drops Project’ of providing potable drinking water to persons of ‘Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Origin’ affected area of Ginnoruwa, Girandurukotte jointly with ‘CERTKiD’ , the Centre for Education, Research and Training on Kidney Diseases of University of Peradeniya. The disease has aggrieved thousands of the dry zone farming community over decades and was also recognized as a global population health issue. The exact causative agent of the disease is still mysterious and so is the cure. But there is worldwide consensus among scientists that providing clean water for drinking and cooking can mitigate or prevent the disease. Thus as responsible citizens, it is up to us to support the viable solutions that are suggested by these authorities. Thus, we are more than happy to write a conclusive note about the first phase of the fundraiser, that we are now one step closer to accomplishing our target. Whether you took part, won, lost or even bought a patty at our refreshment stall, you have already become a part of this generous endeavour.

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New Year Celebrations 2016

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University successfully celebrated the Sinhala and Hindu New Year on 19th April 2016. Started with the Marathon run where SCSM HMKNM Herath grabbed the first place where more than 50 participants fought for it.

The rest of the games were conducted with the participation of Undergraduates, Military and Civil staff and their families. The event was graced by the Vice Chancellor Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe as the Chief Guest.

 

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KDU shuttlers Exceled in the 56th Novices Badminton Championship

 The Badminton team of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University participated in the 56th Novices Badminton Championship organized by Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA). This was held at SLBA badminton courts from 7th of April to 9th of April 2016.

There were many participants from number of institutions and SL Army, Navy, Air force as well. The 1st time ever history in KDU players emerged to archive brilliantly in all three formats of the games held.

 Men’s Doubles – Champion

LG/15/14 DS RK Ranathunga
ENG/15/38 DS KDOV Dharmathilaka

Women’s Doubles – Champion
ENG/14/62 DS PHPP De Silva
MTS/14/17 DS WKDY Wickramasinghe

Mixed Doubles – 3rd Place
LG/15/14 DS RK Ranathunga
MTS/14/17 DS WKDY Wickramasinghe

 

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Visit of 55th Intake of Naval and Maritime Academy to KDU

Midshipmen of Naval and Maritime Academy 55th intake paid their Official visit to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on 31 March 2016. After arrival of Midshipmen, senior officers and other Senior Cadets of KDU warmly welcomed them. Then they visited General Sir John Kotelawala Memorial Museum, “Walawwa”. At the same time they enhanced their knowledge about past memories of KDU as well as some of the interesting characteristics of General Sir John Kotelawala.

Finally they had their lunch at the Cadets’ Mess. Finally they awarded the momento as the token of appreciation to KDU to symbolized official visit to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.

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SLMA INTAKE 82 VISIT TO KDU

Intake 82 of the Sri Lanka Military Academy visited the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on 20th March 2016. The visiting officer cadets were warmly welcomed by the Cadet Government of KDU lead by the University Under Officer RMPWB Illukkumbura.

During the visit Officer Cadets of SLMA visited the historical Mansion of General Sir John Kotelawala and the Museum. Then the KDU Presentation was conducted by the officer cadets of KDU at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Thereafter, they got the rare opportunity to perform wall climbing in the Faculty of Graduate Studies building. Finally a friendly Basketball match was played between KDU and SLMA teams where both the teams performed well throughout the game.

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CEREMONIAL OPENING OF KDU TENNIS COURT

Ceremonial opening of KDU Tennis Court took place on 11 February 2016 and the Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc graced the occasion as the chief guest for this event.

This Tennis Court consist with two Cushion courts with lights, Pavilion with 120 seating capacity, separate changing rooms and wash rooms for male and female. This is the only cushion tennis court in the Island which is equipped with said facilities.

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KDU Organizes Blood Donation Camp for the Third Consecutive Year

The annual blood donation camp and Sharamadhana campaign organized by the students of the Allied Health Sciences Faculty of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was held on 31st January 2016 at the Blind School Rathmalana for the third consecutive year.

The Vice Chancellor of the university Major General Milinda Peiris graced the opening ceremony as the chief guest while the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) Professor MHJ Ariyarathne, Dean Faculty of Allied Health Sciences Senior Professor Mirani Weerasooriya and the Adjutant of the university attended as guests of honour.

A total 220 blood donors consisting Officer Cadets of KDU, Day Scholars of KDU and civilians donated blood at this event. The students of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences took part in the Sharamadhana campaign the very same day.

The Blind school also received donations of material such as ten ceiling fans, Medical Pack and cloth for students along with some to the students which distributed by the Vice Chancellor and representatives from KDU respectively.

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KDU makes history at the National Netball Tournament

The Netball team of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University exhibited a brilliant performance at the National Netball Tournament held on 30th and 31st January 2016 in Anuradhapura.

The 18 teams which participated in the tournament were divided into four groups and the matches were played in the league style. The KDU Netball team emerged the champions of Group B. At the quarter finals, the highly skilled Matale team was defeated by the KDU Netball team. The team from KDU further had the opportunity to challenge the experienced Navy Netball team at the semi-finals. The latter later became the champions of the tournament.

This is the first time in the history of KDU the Netball team achieved fourth place in a national level netball tournament.

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4th ARMY INTER REGIMENT INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP

The Army Rowing committee together with the Directorate of Army Sports organised the 4th Army Inter Regiment Indoor Rowing Championship (AIRIRC) at the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) Indoor Sports Complex.

The tournament was held on three days commencing on January 28. The opening ceremony was presided by the Chairman of the Army Rowing Committee, Brigadier Lal Gunasekara RSP USP psc who was the Chief Guest for the occasion.

300 male and 80 female competitors representing 12 regiments including KDU participated in 56 events. The Overall Women’s Championship was won by the KDU team with 8 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 4 bronze medals, while the team from the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police won the Overall Men’s Championship.

The award distribution ceremony and the closing ceremony was held in the presence of Vice Chancellor of KDU, Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc.

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Flag Hoisting Ceremony on 4th of January

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University commenced its activities for the year 2016 on 4th January under the directions of Major General Milinda Peiris, Vice Chancellor of KDU. The first working day of the New Year was celebrated by hoisting the National flag and taking the State Allegiance Oath.

Minute’s silence was observed in honour of all those who made the supreme sacrifice for the motherland, especially the fallen war heroes.

Religious ceremonies too were held as part of the day’s proceedings.

Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris addressed the gathering with the progress of the University in year 2015.

DVC Defence Major General Ruwan Kulathunga, DVC Academics Professor Jayantha Ariyaratne, Deans, HoDs, Officers of Sri Lanka Armed Forces, Police Officers, Academic Staff, Non Academic Staff, Officer Cadets and Day Scholars participated in this event.


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KDU BECAME CHAMPHION OF INTERNATIONAL INTER UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN MALAYSIA


The basketball team of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University took part in the UiTM International inter university basketball tournament 2015 held at the University of Technology MARA, Malaysia. 12 different universities took part in this tournament.

KDU women team won the quarter finals against university of kebangsaan (42-37) and they selected to finals by defeating university of sains in the semi-finals (48-32). KDU women team performed well in the finals against UiTM and won the championship in the women category.

Also under the men category KDU men team won the quarter finals against university of technology MARA (45-44) and they selected to finals by defeating university of sains in the semi-finals (48-32). KDU men team won the finals against university of kebansaan after a defensive game for 39 - 29.

 


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KDU /BLRC Indoor Rowing Championship -2013

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Kotelawala Defence University (KDU),Ratmalana organized the 3rd Indoor Rowing Championship together with Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club(BLRC), Moratuwa. The competition was held at KDU on 4 & 5 of October 2013. More than 250 indoor rowers from 13 teams including Tri Forces, Clubs, Universities and Schools took part in this competition on both days. There were seven age categories, one elite category and one open challenge event for each Male and female in individual event(2000 M) and team event (500M x4x4=8000M) . Time duration for the challenge Event is one hour.

The Chief guest of the opening ceremony is Maj Gen Milinda Peiris RWP RSP USP ndc psc ,Vice Chancellor of KDU and Chairman of Army rowing. The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral JSK Colombage RSP VSV USP rcds psc witnessed the closing ceremony as chief guest on 5 October 2013.

In women’s events Lady Officer Cadet MBCH Liyanage from KDU broke the Sri Lanka record of 7 min 54 sec established a new Sri Lankan record by clocking the time of 7 min 53 sec in 2000M Individual event. By clocking the time of 7 min 57 sec, Pte Perera(SLSC) recorded the 3rd best timing In 2000 M individual event.KDU also won the 21 – 25 women’s age category event defeating all other women’s teams .In the entire tournament, KDU won 3 gold, 1 silver & 8 bronze medals.

In addition to Officer Cadets & Day Scholars, Officers, Lectures & Other Rank Instructors of KDU took part in this event. In the entire tournament, KDU won 3 gold, 1 silver & 8 bronze medals.

 

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ACHIEVMENTS OF THE BADMINTON TEAM -   

The 28th BITS Open Sports Meet popularly known as BOSM, was held in Pilani India during 18th and 22nd September 2013. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University took part in the events of Badminton, Table Tennis and Chess and achieved many victories in these events among 60 Universities of India incliuding a few other Asian universities.KDU Badminton  team was able to become the champions in mens Badminton team event.  KDU team was listed under pool “B”  at the group stages of the tournament along with IPS, VIET, MMES and ARYA campuses. Most of these teams consisted of top rated players including some State players. After the stunning performance in the pool stages,the Badminton Team of KDU emerged as the  champions of the pool “B” and ensured qualification to the knockout stages. During the legue matches, KDU Badminton Team was able to beat the IPS Badminton team, which was one of the most powerful teams in the tournament which comprised 2 state players.

a 3970    O/Cdt  RADMD Senevirathna  
b  ENG/12/0027  LV    Madurasingha  
c LLB/12/0073   GRIR   Nimalachandra 
d ENG/13/0151  DG Kaluarachchi

SLIIT Rackets Fiesta-

KDU Table tennis team took part in the SLIIT Rackets Fiesta Invitational Inter University Table Tennis Championship 2013 held at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology Indoor Stadium (SLIIT), Malabe, on 28 & 29 September 2013 and it was organized by the Sports Council of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.This marks as a Special Occasion in KDU Table Tennis History as for the first time a Girls Team also represented the university in this tournament. KDU Table Tennis Team which can be considered as the best Table Tennis Team among the Universities in Sri Lanka dominated the Event and they were able to secure the following places at the SLIIT Rackets Fiesta 2013.

 

The  Inauguration ceromony of  Rotaract Club-

The Rotaract club at KDU was inaugurated on the 7th August 2013. It is one of the newest additions to the list of active clubs of KDU.Rotaract is an international organisation ,under Rotary international, for young adults between the ages of 18-30.Being under the youth services arm of Rotary, Rotaract too is mainly a community service oriented organisation.The avenue of community service and international understanding are recognised as the pillars of Rotaract.Moreover Rotaract also carriers out projects under the avenues of professional development, club service and finance. Thus, Rotaract seeks to transform the normal individual to a socially responsible professional with all round capabilities.

In this inaugural year, Rotaract club of KDU is planning to give priority to conduct service projects which benefits the immediate surrounding community of our university and the university it self; as per the vision of our Vice Chancellor, Major General M.P Peiris.At the same time, prominence will be given to professional development and club services avenues, so as to foster and nurture the young membership.

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Champions in the SLIIT Castle Fest - Inter Higher Education Institutes Rapid Chess Tournament -2013

Chess team of Kotelawala Defence University participated in the Inter Higher Education Institutes Rapid Chess Tournament-2013 organized by the Sri lanka Institute of Information Technology,(SLITT),Malabe on 29th July 2013.As it was a rapid chess tournament, a game was limited to 25 minutes per each player. KDU chess team showed their enthusiasm & competitiveness in the game of chess from the first round onwards.The tie breaking system was direct encounter and KDU became the champions at SLIIT Castle Fest-2013

 The champion KDU team comprised of following Officer Cadets and Day Scholars.

3496   O/Cdt   LW  Senevirathne (captain)    3990     TUO   YYK  Meepagala        ENG/CE/12/170    KG  Kavikeshwara  

ENG/13/191   KOV   Kottahachchy          4149      O/Cdt    KMGPL Wijesinghe

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Parents’ Day  -

 Intake 30 was held on 23 May 2013 at KDU in grand style. The Vice Chancellor ,Major General MP Peiris RWP RSP USP ndc psc graced the occasion as the chief Guest. Officer Cadets and Day scholars displayed their talents and skills to their parents.

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Wesak Sil Compaign-

Wesak sil Campaign of KDU was held on 24 May 2013 (Wesak full Moon Poya Day) under the guidance of Vice Chancellor, Major General MP Peiris RWP RSP USP ndc psc and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence) Brigadier ALDM Gunasekara RSP USP psc . Lt Col HMU Herath RWP RSP psc , Dean Faculty of Defence and strategic studies along with  Military officers, Lecturers ,Other rank instructors, Officer Cadets and Day scholars observed sil. Well-known intellectuals conducted Dhamma Desana, Dhamma Discussions and Meditation programmes in the campaign.

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The KDU New Playground-

The KDU playground extends up to approximately 5.5 acres. Currently, it consists of cricket, soccer and rugger grounds. With the commencement of the KDU playground development project, KDU embarked on a mammoth task of filling the playground. Civil engineering cadets of both intake 26 and 27 did its initial leveling and surveying. In average, 4 feet above the existing ground level was required to be filled. However the fill was 6 feet towards the side of Kandawala Lake. With the guidance of Secretary Defence, the SLRDC provided the dredged materials from Diyawannawa to the new playground filling, free of charge.The total project cost was approximately 40 million rupees. Out of that, the saving was approximately 25 million rupees due to the usage of dredged materials, transportation and machinery provided by Sri Lanka Army. At present, 95% of the project has been completed including an international standard turf with 3 cricket pitches. The future constructions of the playground include a 400 m track with 8 lanes, setting cricket nets and constructing a pavilion. A VIP stand will also be constructed. In future, the KDU playground will host diverse sporting events, providing various facilities for recreation and enjoyment.

 

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Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess-

The newly opened warrant officers’ and sergeants’ mess is a one of a kind six storied building. It consists of 30 large bed rooms, a ladies’ living area, Lobby, dining hall, Bar TV room, a large kitchen, office room and a panoramic roof top.The estimated cost of this building was at Rs 85.93 million. But the construction expenditure merely amounted to 61.13 million, saving an amount of 24.80 million. The total project was carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy.

 

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KDU Signs MOU With UCLAN

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The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) on 13th December 2012 entered into a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) with the University of Lancashire (UCLan), a statutory higher education corporation in United Kingdom, with the objective of developing a strategic alliance in education and training.


The areas covered under the agreement are ranging from nursing to paramedics, research and knowledge transfer to staff development.


The agreement was signed by Dr. Malcolm McVicar, the Vice Chancellor UCLan and Maj. Gen MP Peiris Vice Chancellor KDU.