Visit of the Secretary Defence to KDU

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC and Chairman of the Board of Management of KDU made his first official visit to KDU on 15th September 2017.

The Secretary of Defence arrived at KDU Hospital Complex at Verahera at 9.00 a.m. and was warmly welcomed by Rear Admiral JJ Ranasinghe USP psc, Vice Chancellor of KDU, Major General Indunil Ranasinghe RWP RSP, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence & Administration), Senior Prof. Jayantha Ariyarathne, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and the Board of Directors of KDU Hospital.

During the observation visit, the Secretary was made aware of the concept of establishing the university hospital (UHKDU), its current status as well as its unique and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The Secretary paid his special attention to the progress made so far and its future development. Later, the Secretary paid a visit to the adjacent Faculty of Allied Health Sciences as well.

The second lap of the visit was to the main campus at Ratmalana, where he first visited the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS). Welcomed by Brig. Upali Rajapakse RSP psc, Dean, FGS, the Secretary of Defence learnt about the activities of the Faculty, courses conducted and the facilities available at the Faculty.

Next, the Secretary visited the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and observed the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory where he was briefed by the Head of the Department on the facilities, instruments and functionality of the laboratory. Then the Secretary was accompanied to the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Computer Science, where he was briefed by respective HODs on the courses conducted and facilities available at the Faculties and Departments.

Subsequently, the Secretary of Defence was accompanied to the University Senate room where he was warmly welcomed by the Senate members. Captain (G) BMKK Basnayake RWP RSP & Bar USP psc, the Acting Registrar gave an overall briefing on the University, its current status, and on areas that need attention for future growth. Addressing the senate members, the Secretary Defence expressed the satisfaction with the current status of affairs at KDU. He mentioned that he was certain about the growth of KDU from strength to strength, and he requested the university staff to be committed to serve KDU and the nation. The brief function came to an end with the presentation of a Souvenir to the Secretary of Defence by the Vice Chancellor to mark his first ever visit to KDU.

Later, the Secretary declared open the new six-storied Officer Cadet Accommodation Building, and it was followed by a visit to the KDU Museum where he observed the personal items, souvenirs and rare pictures of Sir John Kotelawala, the third Prime Minister of Independent Sri Lanka and the benefactor of KDU. Subsequently, the Secretary visited the KDU Club House located at the edge of the picturesque Kandawala Lake.

The observation visit of the Secretary of Defence, Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne came to an end with his signing the Visitors’ Book prior to the departure.