Major General EADP Edirisinghe psc BA (Defence) MPA
Major General Prasad Edirisinghe the Rector, Southern Campus, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University received his education from Nalanda College, Colombo and enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army in 1988. After, accomplishment of his basic military training at Kotelawala Defence University and Sri Lanka Military Academy, he was commissioned to the Regiment of the Gemunu Watch of Sri Lanka Army in 1990. In Kotelawala Defence University he obtained his basic degree in Defence Studies.
Major General Prasad Edirisinghe has held numerous important appointments during his military career in Command, Instructor and Staff fields. In the unit line, he has held initial command appointments in 1st Battalion the Gemunu Watch and 6th Battalion the Gemunu Watch and commanded the 25th Battalion the Gemunu Watch during the Humanitarian Operation. As an instructor, he has served at Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa in the capacity of Course Officer, Company Commander and also as the Director Academics. He also became the first Commander Training at Army Training School, Maduruoya whereas he designed one of the important course which is Junior Command Course on Counter insurgency. As a Staff Officer he has served as the General Staff Officer II (Training) at Sri Lanka Military Academy, Regimental Adjutant at Regimental Headquarters of Gemunu Watch and also as the General Staff Officer I at Joint Operational Headquarters, Colombo. He also commanded 533 Brigade (Army Commander’s Reserve Strike Force), 563 Brigade in Omanthai and 112 Brigade in Badulla.
Major General Prasad Edirisinghe has followed the Young Officers’ Course and Junior Command Course in India and Battalion Commanders’ Course in Russia. He also has graduated from Army Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda in 2003 and also has obtained Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs at Bandaranayake International Diplomatic Training Institute, Colombo. Further, he has qualified Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) at Kotelewala Defence University in 2016 and also has obtained his Masters in Public Administration from University of Colombo in 2017. In 2017, he also qualified in the Advanced Training programme for the Talents of the Maritime Silk Route countries from Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China.