The New President of Sri Lanka Trained in NUST MCS in 1972

Sri Lanka’s newly sworn-in President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is a retired military officer. Rajapaksa assumed the office on 18th November after winning the elections and has pledged to make national security his top priority.

The interesting thing about the 70-year-old leader is that he is an alumni of the Military College of Signals (MCS), which now comes under the National University of Science & Technology (NUST).


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He got his training under the ‘Signal Young Officers Course’ for a period of 3 months in 1972 at MCS in Rawalpindi. NUST has taken to Twitter to congratulate Rajapaksa on his victory in the elections:

Experts believe that the former Lieutenant Colonel’s appointment as Sri Lankan President bodes well for Pakistan especially after he announced to adopt a neutral foreign policy.

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