President willing to allocate 1 billion dollars for research on Buddha teachings and AI

president Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasised that Rs. 01 billion will be allocated next year for research on the relationship between Buddha’s teachings and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The President mentioned that while the research on Buddha’s teachings and AI was scheduled to begin this year, it has been postponed to next year due to the absence of required legislation for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence. He emphasized that the subsequent steps will be taken once the new laws are adopted.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe made this statement during his attendance at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Sri Lanka Buddhist Society Moratuwa, held on Saturday (11) at the Moratuwa Buddhist Society Hall.

The Moratuwa Buddhist Society Hall, initiated under the Sri Lanka Buddhist Society Moratuwa, had its foundation stone laid in 1925. This society was established on May 11, 1924, under the leadership of Mr. Arthur V. Dias. The building was inaugurated as the Buddhist Headquarters for Buddhist population in Moratuwa on June 24, 1929, by the then Governor of British Ceylon Sir Herbert J. Stanley with officiating the opening ceremony. Additionally, on that same day, the foundation stone for Moratuwa College was also laid.

The President reiterated that the government will finance the restoration of the Moratuwa Buddhist Society Hall, which is approaching its centenary.

During his visit to the Moratuwa Buddhist Society Hall this afternoon, President Ranil Wickremesinghe participated in solemn religious ceremonies before the sacred Buddha statue. The Maha Sangha meticulously adorned the Seth Pirith and extended blessings to the President.

Additionally, the President participated in the ceremonial planting of a sandalwood tree on the premises, symbolizing the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Moratuwa Buddhist Society.

The Vice President of Moratuwa Buddhist Society Dhammika Chandranath Fernando presented the centenary commemorative souvenir to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Additionally, the most senior member of the Moratuwa Buddhist Society Ranjith Gamanayake, along with Vice Presidents Pradeep Sriyantha Fernando, Dhammika Chandranath Fernando, Gamini Perera, and Regional Secretary Keerthi Perera, also presented a commemorative gift to the President.

Furthermore, commemorative gifts were extended to Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament Eran Wickramaratne, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security & Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayaka and former Mayor of Moratuwa Samanlal Fernando.

Additionally, a picture of the Moratuwa Buddhist Society Hall, featuring a portrait of President Ranil Wickremesinghe painted by W. A. Imasha Shavindra Ashinshana a student from the Moratuwa College student, was also presented to the President.