The Sri Lankan Chapter of Pakistan's National Defence University Alumni Association was launched yesterday in an impressive ceremony held at Colombo, Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said in a press release.
Pakistan's visiting Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne, NI (M) was the guest of honour at the event which was also attended by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka HE Seema Ilahi Baloch.
The Chief of Defence Staff Sri Lanka Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke and the Sri Lankan Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya also attended the event along with the members of Alumni Association and a large number of prominent personalities of Sri Lanka.
The National Defense University Alumni Association is a platform for the Sri Lankan Officers of all three segments of the Armed Forces who attended training courses at the Pakistan's National Defense University Islamabad. Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, Chief of Defense Staff Sri Lanka is the Chief Patron of the Alumni Association, while the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka is the Co-patron of Alumni Association.
The National Defence University (NDU) is the premier institution of Pakistan, catering for the needs of senior leadership from various segments of the society, both domestic and international, in comprehending security issues and policy / strategy formulation. The NDU is a center of excellence in academic and research pursuits in diversified disciplines providing well thought out inputs on national security at strategic level. The University imparts higher education in policy and strategy formulation at various tiers with emphasis on national security and defense, and act as a national think tank.
Several Senior Sri Lankan Officers from Armed forces have been attending courses at the National Defense University annually since 1993. Currently the NDU Alumni Association has 26 members, who hold highly significant assignments in their respective institutions in all the segments of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.