Nalanda College, Colombo
|Nalanda College Colombo|
Aapadana Sobhini Pangna
"Character Illuminates Wisdom"
|Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Established||1925 November 01|
|Founder||P. de S. Kularatne|
|Grades||Class 1 - 13|
|Colour(s)||Maroon and Silver|
|Past Students||Old Nalandians|
Nalanda College Colombo (officially Nalanda Maha Vidalaya) (Sinhala:කොළඹ නාලන්දා මහ විද්යාලය) is a government Buddhist school in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The college was established by P. de S. Kularatne as an offshoot of Ananda College Colombo on 1 November 1925.
In 1923, the then principal of Ananda College P. de S. Kularatne leased land adjoining to Ananda College playground located in Campbell Place and used huts to accommodate students . This wing of the college was run by E. W. Perera.
Later Kularatne bought lands close by and erected a building comprising 16 class rooms; two were used as laboratories and two others as the staff room and the principal's office.
On Ananda's 39th anniversary on 1 November 1925 this wing was registered as a separate school.
Ven.Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thera became the first Dharmarcharya and named it "Nalanda", while choosing "Apadana Sobhini Panna" ("character illuminates wisdom") as the motto. L.H. Meththananda became the first principal.
Kularatne chose 330 Ananda students to be the first batch of students at Nalanda for both senior and junior schools. In 1926 Nalanada was put in the care of Professor Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera and further buildings were constructed with money borrowed from Anagarika Dharmapala. The College student assembly hall is named Malalasekara Theatre after him.
The main medium of education at Nalanda is Sinhala while students have the option to select English from year seven onwards.
In 2011 Nalandian students won First Place in the world at the Oracle Thinkquest Application Development and First place for International Students Biotechnology Competition and the 14th International Convention on Students Quality Control Circles, held in Lucknow, India.
Malalasekara Theatre was named in memory of late Professor Malalasekera, who was the school's Principal in 1926. It was opened on 23 June 1990 by the then Minster of Education and Higher Education, Lalith Athulathmudali.
The theatre was badly damaged by a fire caused by an electrical defect on 7 April in 2006. It was refurbished and redesigned to provide a multi-functional performing arts complex.
Nalanda Keerthi Sri Awards
Dr. Jayaweerage Samantha was the founder of the Nalanda Keerthi Sri Award Festival. As the media Secretary of the Nalanda College Old Scouts’ Association (2003–2004), the first edition occurred on 27 September 2003.
The award is aimed at recognising alumni who have excelled in their respective profession and thereby contribute to the school's legacy and enhance the morale of its students. Award recipients include:
- Kala Keerthi Dr Henry Jayasena – playwright, novelist, film & teledrama actor
- Mahinda Rajapaksa – current President of Sri Lanka
- Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara – Chief Lay Head or Trustee of the Kandy Temple of the Tooth
- Dr.Sarath Gunapala – Senior Research Scientist Jet Propulsion Laboratory National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA USA
- Prof.Chandana Jayarathne – Senior Lecturer in Physics (Atmospheric & Lightning) University of Colombo
- Ven.Kuppiyawatta Bodhananda Thera – founder of Mithuru Mithuro Movement
- Dr.Gunadasa Amarasekara – prominent Sinhala writer, poet, and essayist, graduate of University of Ceylon and a Dental Surgeon by profession
- Prof.Pathmajeewa Ganepola – Professor of Medicine attached to Columbia University New York City, USA
- Prof.K. N. O. Dharmadasa - Emeritus Professor of University of Peradeniya and Chief Editor of Sinhala Encyclopedia
Clubs & societies
Nalanda College occupy a playground at Campbell Place, a modern sports complex, a modern squash court, swimming pool, shooting range and other sport facilities.
Battle of the Maroons
Ananda – Nalanda (Ananda versus Nalanda cricket match) is played between Ananda College, Colombo and Nalanda College Colombo since 1924. Over the years Nalanda College has produced many world famous cricketers.
- Sri Lanka's first test captain was a Nalandian Bandula Warnapura.
- The Sri Lanka team that entered the finals in 2007 was led by Nalandian Mahela Jayawardena who is also the current Sri Lanka Test and One Day International Cricket Captain.
- Bandula Warnapura led the Sri Lanka team to win the Sri Lanka's first ever One Day International Cricket match win in 1979, and faced Sri Lanka's first test delivery and scored Sri Lanka's first test run.
- Mahela Jayawardena is the first and the only cricketer in Sri Lanka history to score more than ten thousand runs in test and one day internationals.
- Sri Lanka's first ever test team in 1981 had 2 alumni, namely Bandula Warnapura and Lalith Kaluperuma.
- Sri Lanka's World cup winning team (1996) had 3 alumni, namely Roshan Mahanama, Asanka Gurusinha and Kumar Dharmasena.
- In 1996, (World cup winning year) the Sri Lanka Cricket Vice Chairman was alumnus Thilanga Sumathipala.
- Karunaratne Abeysekera was the world's first cricket commentator using the Sinhala language. Commentators like Premasara Epasinghe, Palitha Perera, Kamal Deshappriya are alumni.
- Nalandians Roshan Mahanama is an Elite Panel Referee of the International Cricket Council while Kumar Dharmasena is an International Cricket Council Umpire.
|L. H. Meththananda||
|Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara||
|G. K. W. Perera||
|J. N. Jinendradasa||
|D. C. Lowris||
|M. de S. Jayarathne||
|M. W. Karunananda||
|K. M. W. Kuruppu||
|D. J. Edirisinghe||
|D. G. Sumanasekera||
- Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayake Thero
- S. Mahinda Thero - Buddhist monk considered a national hero of Sri Lanka
- Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne – founder of Sarvodaya Movement
- Edward Jayakody – famous musician, singer and composer
- Premasara Epasinghe - renowned Cricket Commentator
- Siri Perera - Buddhist leader and former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India
Past students who have studied at Nalanda College Colombo are referred to as Old Nalandians. The school has produced some distinguished figures in the calibre of:
- H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa - 6th President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces
- M. J. Perera - First Ceylonese Director General of Radio Ceylon and first Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation
- B. D. Rampala - First Sri Lankan Chief Mechanical Engineer and General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways
- H A De S Gunasekara - First native Sri Lankan Professor of Economics Department University of Peradeniya
- Deshabandu Hudson Silva - Founder and president of the International Eye Bank, Tissue Bank, and the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society
- Vajiranath Lakshman De Silva - founder of Saukyadana Movement of Sri Lanka
- Abhaya Induruwa - Founding Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, the first and only department of its kind in a Sri Lankan university (1985) and the pioneer of LEARN (Lanka Educational And Research Network) and Internet in Sri Lanka (1989)
- Piyadassi Maha Thera - Preacher of the Dhamma both in Sinhala and in English
- Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara - Diyawadana Nilame of the Kandy Temple of the Tooth
- Gunadasa Amarasekara - Prominent Sinhala dentist, writer, poet, and essayist
- Karunaratne Abeysekera - Sri Lanka's most famous Sinhala broadcaster
- Henry Jayasena - Film & teledrama actor
- Sarath Gunapala - Senior Research Scientist National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA USA
War Memorial and remembrance
Each year students and alumni commemorate the loss of 41 brave alumni who died in the Sri Lankan civil war. A war memorial is situated between the main oldest buildings of the college.
Nalanda College Junior Old Boys Association
The Association is the alumni association for the college. Its objective is to enhance the interests of the College, past students and present students by maintaining relationships among alumni and with their alma mater. Each year the union organises many events such as Future Minds, Olcott Memorial old boys cricket tourney,Ranaviru Upahara & etc.
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- Ranaviru Upahara 2011
- War Memorial
- Olcott Memorial old boys cricket tourney by Upananda Jayasundera
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- Nalanda Junior Old Boys Association
- Nalanda College Buddhist Association
- Battle of the Maroons
- Old Nalandian's Buddhist Association
- Old Nalandian's Sports Club
- Nalanda Old Boys Association America
- Nalanda College Old Boys Association United Kingdom
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- Nalanda College Colombo facebook