23rd November 2023 15:43:35 Hours
The second batch of National Defence College (NDC) students received their graduation certificates, during a colourful ceremony on Tuesday (21 Nov) evening at the Eagle Lakeside Banquet Hall, Attidiya with the participation of President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guest.
A distinguished gathering, inclusive of Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the President on National Security, Secretary to Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy, Commander of the Air Force, Inspector General of the Police and a large gathering of Senior Officers were present on the occasion to witness the graduation of the second batch of the NDC.
A total of 36 Student Officers, comprised of 15 Brigadiers of the Sri Lanka Army, 08 Commodores of the Sri Lanka Navy, 07 Air Commodores of the Sri Lanka Air Force and 06 Senior Superintendents of Police after completing their studies in National Security and Strategic Studies (NS&SS) received their graduation certificates during the ceremony.
At first, the President's Salute and a minute of silence in honour of fallen War Heroes took place before the parchments containing conferments of the ‘ndc’ was awarded to the graduates by the day’s Chief Guest. Minutes later, Major General D.G.S Senarath Yapa (Rtd) RWP RSP ndu, the Commandant at NDC endorsed the graduates' registration book which afterwards followed the launch of the ‘NDC Year Book’.
On the same occasion, the day’s Chief Guest addressed the gathering and congratulated the graduates. Towards the end, a special memento was presented to Hon President by the NDC Commandant soon after his brief talk to the occasion.
Before the departure of the day’s Chief Guest, all graduates with HE the president and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces posed for a few group photographs adding memories to the occasion.
The National Defence College embarked on its main annual academic programme with its National Security and Strategic Studies Course No 02/2023 on 09 January with the participation of 36 senior officers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and the Police. The 'ndc' degree programme imparts knowledge to Officers for necessary intellectual capacity-building and ability for effective decision-making to groom as strategic-level leaders. It also highlights the need for inter-institutional and civil-military synergy to safeguard the national interests against novel security challenges.