15th International Research Conference – 2022

15th International Research Conference of KDU 2022 was held on 29th and 30th September 2022 respectively at the FGS Auditorium and successfully completed under the theme “Economic Revival, National Security, and Sustainability through Advancement of Science, Technology, and Innovation”. Hon Prof Subramanian Swamy, former Minister of Commerce and Law in India, was the Keynote Speaker whilst the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General Kamal Gunaratne graced the inauguration as the Chief Guest.

The event was also attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lt General Vikum Liyanage, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugethenne and the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Udeni Rajapakshe, and members of the diplomatic missions representing several nations, were among the dignitaries who participated for the event.

Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris delivered the welcome address, by highlighting the significance of the event and its deep relevance for the current economic crisis of the country and for the revival from the same. He stressed the leading role played by KDU in providing a platform for enhancing much needed researches of the country in the hour of need. He also stressed on the resilience of KDU in the face of challenges and on the need for the whole country to be a resilient nation to survive from this “seemingly in surmountable crisis”. He further stated that this is the time in which a nation’s intellectual community must come forward to engage in timely and meaningful researches to help to overcome numerous issues and problems that crop up in diverse fields such as National Security and in all other disciplinary fields that are inseparably linked with economic and sustainable development.

Defence & Strategic Studies Sessions and Plenary Sessions of Defence & Strategic Studies were held on 29th September 2022 and the Technical Sessions were held on 30th September 2022. Number of eminent foreign scholars from several foreign countries and local scholars delivered and presented their speeches/ research papers in the sessions.