Honorary degrees for President and Defence Secretary

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are to receive honorary doctorates from the University of Colombo.

The honorary degrees are in recognition of services rendered by the Rajapaksas in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, restoring peace and harmony among communities, and upholding Sri Lanka’s image among the international community, according to a statement issued by University of Colombo Vice Chancellor, Professor Kshanika Hiriburegama.

The university senate has unanimously decided to confer the degree of doctor of laws (honoris causa) on President Rajapaksa, and a degree of doctor of letters (honoris causa) on Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the statement added.

“We have already put the honorary degrees to the university council for approval,” Prof. Hiriburegama told The Sunday Times. “This is only a formality. Once we get the council’s approval, we can award the two degrees at any convocation. A date has not yet been decided. The University Grants Commission may want to hold a separate ceremony.”

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