MAJOR GENERAL D D U K HETTIARRACHCHI RSP VSV USP ndu psc MA
General Don Dharshana Udaya Kumara Hettiarrachchi is an officer
of the Corps of Sri Lanka Engineers in the Sri Lanka Army.
on 23 July 1964 and studied at Ananda College, Colombo from
1970 to 1983. He played Rugger and excelled in Army Cadetting
at Ananda College and became the leader of the Army Cadet
Band in 1982/1983. He was awarded College Colours in 1983
for his excellent performances in the Cadet Band. He had been
a Junior Prefect/Senior Prefect and also a Prefects' Supervisor
before leaving the school.
the Advanced Level Examination, he joined the Army as an Officer
Cadet in March 1984 and Commissioned on 16 November 1985.
During his military career, he has commanded the 5 Field Engineer
Regiment deployed in Jaffna from 2000 to 2003, commanded the
222 Infantry Brigade deployed in Kantale in 2010/2011, commanded
the 22 Infantry Division deployed in Trincomalee in 2012/2013
and commanded the 23 Infantry Division in Punani, Batticaloa
from 2014 to 2016, and commanded the Security Force - East
in Welikanda in 2016/2017. Thereafter he was appointed as
the Commander Security Force - Jaffna on 28th March 2017.
Major General Hettiarrachchi was appointed as the Colonel
Commandant of the Corps of Engineers of the Sri Lanka Army
on 28th January 2018.
had been an instructor/lecturer at the Sri Lanka Military
Academy (1988/1989), Kothalawala Defence University (1994/1995)
and the Defence Services Command and Staff College (2001 to
2003). He was the Commandant of the Sri Lanka School of Military
Engineering in the year 2005. He has also held number of staff
appointments such as General Staff Officer 1 at the then Task
Force 2 at Elephant Pass (1996/1997), General Staff Officer
1 at the Directorate of Plans at the Army Headquarters (1998/1999),
Colonel General Staff of the Security Force Headquarters -
East (2005), Colonel Military Secretary (Additional) at the
Army Headquarters (2006/2007) and Assistant Military Secretary
at the Army Headquarters (2008/2009).
General Hettiarrachchi is a Graduate of the Defence Services
Command and Staff College in Bangladesh (1997/1998). He successfully
completed the training programme titled the "Mastering
Education of Strategic and Resilience Studies at the National
Resilience Institute (equivalent to a National Defence University)
in Indonesia from 2 July 2013 to 9 October 2014. The title of
the thesis submitted by Major General Hettiarrachchi during
the above training programme was "Rehabilitation and Reintegration
of Ex-Combatants for the Stability and Development in Sri Lanka".
has attended number of military training courses (local/abroad)
and apart from such training, Major General Hettiarrachchi
has followed under mentioned educational programmes to obtain
academic qualifications during his military career:
on the "Contemporary Global Scene" at the Bandaranaike
Centre for International Studies (1995).
in International Affairs at the Bandaranaike Centre for
International Studies (1998/1999).
in Senior Level Defence Management at the University of
Indore, India (2001).
Course on "Open Air Diplomacy" at the Bandaranaike
International Diplomatic Training Institute (2001).
in Youth in Development Work at the Open University of Sri
Diploma in Conflict Resolution (PgD.CR) at the
Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo (2010).
Degree of Masters in Conflict Resolution
at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
(2013). The title of the thesis submitted for the Masters
Degree was "Impact of the Humanitarian Demining for the
Development Work and the Resettlement of Refugees in the North
and East of Sri Lanka".
Major General Hettiarrachchi was appointed as the Commissioner
General of Rehabilitation under the Ministry of Rehabilitation
and Prison Reforms in February 2012 and he held that appointment
until July 2013. His contribution to transform ex terrorists
(LTTE) to be peace loving useful citizens in Sri Lanka was
highly commended by the relevant authorities. Although Major
General Hettiarrachchi is an officer from the Corps of Engineers
of the Sri Lanka Army, he had been awarded the "Rana
Sura Padakkama" on three occasions for his acts of bravery
in facing the enemy in the battle field during early stages
of his career. Furthermore, he is a Senior Fellow at the National
Security Think Tank of the Institute of National Security
Studies, Sri Lanka.
General Hettiarrachchi who is commonly known as Dharshana is
a vegetarian. He was awarded the "World Buddhist Outstanding
Leader" award by the Dharma Buddhist University in Malaysia
on 22 July 2017 for his outstanding contribution to protect
and foster Buddhism in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. His
greatest pride in his 33 years of military career is to have
maintained a clean and an unblemished record of conduct. He
is married to Mrs. Ajantha Kumari Liyanarachchi and blessed
with two daughters and a son.