08th January 2018 17:23:54 Hours
Adding a new dimension and recognition to the training skills and capabilities of Army professionals, a few more than 640 new Ayurvedic medical practitioners (new physicians) of the Department of Ayurveda this morning (8) began a 6-day long residential training on ‘Leadership Skills and Development of Positive Attitudes’ in five separate Army establishments.
Considered as one more contribution to the nation-building aspirations of the Commander of the Army, the project got underway simultaneously at island-wide Army training schools in Diyatalawa, Kalatthewa, Minneriya, Embilipitiya and Buwelikada after brief inaugural ceremonies at respective places.
The six-day long training programme largely focuses on ‘Promotion of Leadership Skills and Qualities’, ‘Moulding of Social Discipline’, ‘Development of Vocational Skills’, ‘Preparedness to Overcome Challenges in Life’, ‘Generating of Correct Social Expectations’, ‘Conduct of Professional Guide’ and ‘Mental Equilibrium’ among the attendees.
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake in response to a request made by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine to the Ministry of Defence has accordingly instructed the Director General Training, Major General Vijitha Ravipriya at the Army Headquarters to facilitate the request. Accordingly, arrangements were put in place at those five main Army training centres, Marksmanship & Sniper Training School at Diyatalawa, Armoured Corps Training School, Kalaththewa, School of Artillery, Minneriya, School of Military Engineers, Embilipitiya and School of Signals, Boowelikada under the supervision of respective Commandants.
This project coincides with the Commander’s conceptual notion that the Army should devote 1/3 of its dedication for nation-building tasks with the objective of supporting the civil administration, in whatever the way possible.
A team of instructors of the Army would continue with lectures until 12 January 2018 before the final closing ceremony gets underway.
Senior Officers and representatives of the Department of Ayurveda, Health Ministry officials were also present during respective inaugural ceremonies at those five main Army training centres.
A similar training project for Samurdhi officials a few weeks ago ended successfully, for which HE the President also extended greetings while he was in Polonnaruwa.