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15th September 2020 18:15:00 Hours

Commander Evaluates Ongoing Army Orientation Training Programme at Panagoda

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army this morning (15) went to Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) and Sri Lanka Artillery Regimental Centres where graduate orientation training programme is on and saw for himself how Army training sessions for graduates, recruited to the public sector in line with HE the President’s ‘Saubhagayaye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour) policy statement are being conducted at those places by respective staff officers in the Army.

This one - month long residential programme, implemented under five phases absorbs 10,000 graduates for each phase at a time and expects to cover all 50,000 graduates within five months on HE’s directions to the Army. It began on Monday (14) at 51 island-wide Army Centers, including, Security Force HQs, Regimental HQs and Training Schools. Among those trainees are Buddhist monks, wheelchair-ridden persons or disabled persons and pregnant females who need special care and attention during their training period.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva upon arrival at Panagoda received updates from respective Senior Officers working in the project and afterwards closely inspected accommodation, sanitary facilities, dining arrangements and other related areas, reserved for them at Panagoda during the one-month long residential training. Thereafter, he took time off to meet a cross section of those graduates under training in specific auditoriums and lecture halls and shared a couple of views with them.

The Commander of the Army was warmly received by Major General Chula Abeynayake, Commander, Security Forces -West, at the SLLI Regimental HQ premises in Panagoda, together with Brigadier Anura Dissanayake, Center Commandant, SLLI, Project Coordinators and Senior Officers. First, he visited graduates under training in the compound and visited training areas before supervising dining and accommodation areas.

Afterwards, the visiting Army Chief called at the graduates’ training area in the Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) Regimental HQ compound in Panagoda. He was warmly greeted by Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya, Colonel Commandant of the Artillery and Commandant SLAVF. He also interacted with sections of those graduates for some time and shared a couple of views, inquiring into their concerns, if any.

The graduate orientation project is implemented, together with the Army Directorate of Training in order to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of those recruited graduates to ensure their effective contribution to nation-building as a trained, fully-fledged and energetic workforce. The project is closely monitored by the Ministry of Defence and coordinated and supervised at all seven Security Force HQs level.

Each phase through this methodology trains 10,000 graduates and achieves the full potential of the public sector simultaneously, covering subjects such as ‘Leadership and Team-Building Training’, ‘Management Training’, ‘Training in Private and State sector Establishments’, ‘Project work and Field studies’, ‘Cohesiveness and Resilience,’ etc, critical in developing an efficient public sector employee while mitigating poor productivity. The training would also impart knowledge on managerial skills, understanding of the objectives of the government mechanism, commitment, interest and dedication, self-confidence, innovation, flexibility, visualization, respect and recognition in society.

The Army training programme has accordingly been launched under five independent but inter-related modules by way of lectures, discussions, outdoor training activities, team building activities, study tours, capability studies and field studies in order to energize the public sector contribution in a dynamic way. Army Training Establishments, University Grant Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs, Selected State & Private Sectors and a few more state agencies work closely with the project.

The Army Headquarters will also liaise with the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Defence to obtain strategic guidance for the conceptualization of this graduate training programme throughout all those five months. The liaison for the training programme will be provided by the Directorate of Training at the Army Headquarters with all stakeholders at various levels.

Then after comd visit the graduates training area under the Arty regiment. At this location Army commander received by Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya, Colonel Commandant, Arty Regiment. In here also Army Commander interacted with the training graduates. Finally, he visited dining and accommodation area. Towards the end of the visit, given some answer the questions raised by media.