Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pakistan's Expertise sought to establish research facility in Sri Lanka Defence University

Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry has sought assistance from Pakistan's University of Karachi to establish a world class research facility in the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).
The Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka has requested the University of Karachi to help the Ministry establish a multidisciplinary research facility similar to the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi, in KDU, a university press release said.
Director of ICCBS, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhry has said that the KDU has decided to set up the research facility at a cost of $10 million.
The multidisciplinary research facility will be set up in compliant with international standards under the guidance of Patron-in-Chief of ICCBS, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman. The ICCBS Administration would transfer technology and expertise between the two countries, the Director said.
A delegation of the University of Karachi comprising Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser and the ICCBS Director Dr. Choudhry has recently visited Sri Lanka and met with the higher officials of the Defence Ministry and the KDU.
The Vice-Chancellor of KDU, Major-General Milinda Peiris, has welcomed the Pakistani scientists, and discussed the issues related to setting up of the world class research facility in the KDU, Sri Lanka's only national military medical institution of higher education.
The KDU, established as an academy in 1981 and elevated to university status in 1986, has the full membership of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom). It is the only university in the South Asian region offering graduate courses in defence studies.
Initially, the KDU was meant for military students but, now it has opened its doors to civilian students also and the new programs at the KDU are now open to the general public and the private sector with for a reasonable