President conferred ‘Vibudha Jana Prasadaka’ honorary degree
President Maithripala Sirisena says as Sri Lankans we inherit an oriental religion and as a result of that we are a proud nation with a tranquil culture.
President Sirisena further said that culture had added a cluster of languages, arts, literary, architectural and artistic creations added to the world civilization and as Sri Lankans we have the responsibility of protecting those languages.
He made these remarks addressing the convocation of Sri Lanka Prachina Bashopakara Samagama to confer the Prachina Panditha degree, held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, today (29).
Addressing the graduation ceremony, the President said that since the Sinhalese are the only people who use the same ethnic language for more than two thousand years, the future generation will be entrusted with the task of preserving it for another long term.
The President appreciated the service rendered by the Sri Lanka Prachina Bashopakara Samagama and pledged to provide fullest support to further develop it.
During the convocation, over 300 persons who passed the Prachina Panditha postgraduate degree examination conducted by the Education Department between 2012 and 2017 received their degrees.
At the convocation, the President presented the ‘Sammana Panditha’ honorary degree to the Anunayake Thera of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhamma Chapter, Prof. Ven. Kotapitiye Rahula Thera.
President Maithripala Sirisena received the ‘Vibudha Jana Prasadaka’ honorary degree at the convocation.
The President presented the ‘’Swarna Mudrikawa’ award to Ven. Manaapitiye Vajirabuddhi Thera.
The Maha Sangha, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and others participated on this occasion.