1. The Graduation Ceremony of the No. 18 Command and Staff Course was concluded amid a ceremony at Staff College, Shivapuri on 19th March 2012. The Chief of Army Staff Gen Chhatra Man Singh Gurung graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. 2. A total of 36 Officers including 27 officers from NA, 8 international officers each from America, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and two officers from China and one officer from Armed Police Force graduated from this 11 month long course successfully. 3. Commandant of Command and Staff College Major Gen Pawan Bahadur Pandè while delivering a welcome speech highlighted the essential aspects of the course. 4. The Chief Guest CoAS Gen Gurung awarded the certificates to the graduating officers. Major Suraj Gurung bagged the “Best Military Student” award and also stood second to none in Masters in Strategic Studies (MSS). The Command and Staff College is accredited to the Tribhuvan University (TU) and all Officers who fulfill the required criteria are awarded with a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. Vice Chancellor of TU Professor Dr. Hira Bahadur Maharjan awarded the MSS certificates to 34 graduates. Major Kumar Bilendra from India scored with the “Best Commandant Paper” winning a trophy and cash prize. 5.CoAS Gen Gurung during his speech congratulated all the student officers for successfully completing the demanding course. He also emphasized the instrumental effort extended by NA in support of the peace process. “The Nepalese Army, as a major stakeholder in the peace process, remains deeply engaged in the process. It is also willing to make ‘significant and concrete contribution’ so that the peace process reaches its logical conclusion as early as possible. But, at the same time, we are well aware of our obligation in preserving our professional competencies and apolitical character.” Gen Gurung said. 6. CoAS Gen Gurung expressed his strong confidence that with the attainment of military expertise and knowledge on security related complex issues, the graduates will be able to opt for a fair and ethical decision to conduct operations in pursuit of achieving their assigned tasks both in the issue of internal security or working for the international peace and security while firmly respecting human rights and international law. 7. Present at the graduation ceremony were Vice Chancellor of TU, Foreign Ambassadors to Nepal, Secretaries, Professors, Military Attaché of foreign embassies, Ex- Generals of NA, senior officers of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force and Generals and officers of NA.