Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force and acting Chief of Defence Staff was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honorary Doctorate) by the University of Kelaniya this morning (20 November 2009).
The University of Kelaniya conferred the title on Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke in recognition of his services rendered to the country in safeguarding its territorial integrity, sovereignty and defeating the LTTE thereby assisting in restoring peace and harmony among all communities in Sri Lankan.
The title was conferred by, Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Most Ven. Valamitiyawe Kusaladhamma thero.
The awarding ceremony took place with the 48th Convocation of the University of Kelaniya held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) attended by distinguished guests and invitees.
Meanwhile 45 tri service Officers (inclusive of 20 Air Force Officers) from course 01 and 02 of the Defence Services Command & Staff College also were conferred with their Master of Defence Studies from the University of Kelaniya at this ceremony . The names of the 20 SLAF personnel are as follows
Group Captain Rohan Hemasinghe Group Captain Chanakya Senarathna Group Captain Lakshman Ranathunga Group Captain AH Wijesiri Group Captain Sanjaya De Silva Group Captain Saman Lewangama Group Captain Sunil Karunathne Group Captain Andrew Wijesuriya Group Captain Dushyantha Rathnayaka Group Captain Leonard Rodrigo Group Captain Lanka Kodippiliy Group Captain Janaka Amarasinghe Wing Commander Rasika Bellange Wing Commander Kapila Wanigasooriya Wing Commander Senka Dharmawardana Wing Commander Manuja werallagama Wing Commander Priyantha Ranasinghe Wing Commander Ravindra Liyanagamage Squadron Leader Gihan Senavirathne