Nalanda College, Colombo

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Nalanda College Colombo
නාලන්දා විද්‍යාලය, කොළඹ
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"අපදාන ශෝභිණී පඤ්ඤා"
Aapadana Sobhini Pangna
"Character Illuminates Wisdom"
‍"යහපත් චරිතයෙන් ප්‍රඥාව ඔපනැංවේ"
Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Information
Type National School
Established 1 November 1924
Founder Patrick de Silva Kularatne
Principal Ranjith Jayasundara
Grades Class 1 - 13
Gender Boys
Enrollment 5000
Colour(s) Maroon and Silver         
Alumnus Old Nalandians
Website

Nalanda College Colombo (Sinhala:නාලන්දා විද්‍යාලය, කොළඹ) 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 1924.[1]

History[edit]

In 1922, the then principal of Ananda College Patrick de Silva Kularatne leased land adjoining to Ananda College playground located in Campbell Place and used huts to accommodate students.

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 1924 this wing was registered as a separate school.

Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero 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.

Evolution[edit]

The college is equipped with facilities such as science & computer laboratories, lecture halls, auditoriums, hostels, etc., including Malalasekara Theatre.[2][3]

The main medium of education at Nalanda is Sinhala while students have the option to select English from year seven onwards.[4]

Nalandians have excelled academically, achieving high grades at Ordinary Level and Advanced Level exams and also in sports.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

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.[15][16][17][18][19] Students of Nalanda College Colombo also have excelled in research activities.[20][21][22]

Malalasekara Theatre[edit]

Malalasekara Theatre was named in memory of late Professor Gunapala Piyasena 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.[23]

Nalanda Keerthi Sri Awards[edit]

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:

Clubs & societies[edit]

Sports[edit]

Nalanda College occupy a playground at Campbell Place,[44][45][46] a modern sports complex,[47][48] a modern squash court,[49][50] swimming pool,[51] shooting range[52] and other sport facilities.[53]

Hermann Loos[edit]

Won the Hermann Loos Champion Trophy[82][83]

  • 1929 - Lieutenant V.I.Perera
  • 1930 - Lieutenant V.I.Perera
  • 1931 - Lieutenant V.I.Perera
  • 1932 - Lieutenant V.I.Perera
  • 1933 - Lieutenant V.I.Perera
  • 1934 - Lieutenant V.I.Perera
  • 1938 - Second Lieutenant T.N.Munasinghe
  • 1939 - Second Lieutenant T.N.Munasinghe
  • 1977 - Lieutenant A.M.W.Dhananjaya
  • 1978 - Lieutenant A.M.W.Dhananjaya
  • 2013 - Lieutenant L.M.N.Wijesekara

Battle of the Maroons[edit]

Main article: Ananda-Nalanda

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.

Principals[edit]

Name From To
L. H. Meththananda[84]
1925
1926
Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara
1926
1927
G. K. W. Perera
1927
1928
J. N. Jinendradasa
1928
1946
D. C. Lowris
1947
1952
M. de S. Jayarathne
1953
1955
M. W. Karunananda
1956
1962
K. M. W. Kuruppu
1962
1963
D. J. Edirisinghe
1963
1964
Gunapala Wickramaratne
1964
1969
Sugunadasa Athukorala
1969
1982
Dharma Gunasinghe
1982
1990
D. G. Sumanasekera
1990
1994
Edward Ranasinghe
1994
1999
Hemantha Premathilaka
1999
2010
Ranjith Jayasundara
2010
to date

Notable teachers[edit]

Alumni[edit]

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:

War Memorial and remembrance[edit]

Each year students and alumni commemorate the loss of 41 brave alumni who died in the Sri Lankan civil war.[89][90][91][92] A war memorial is situated between the main oldest buildings of the college.[93]

Nalanda College Junior Old Boys Association[edit]

Main article: Future Minds

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.[94][95][96]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  63. ^ Nalanda College Cadet Platoon
  64. ^ Nalanda College Cadet Band
  65. ^ Girls High School, Nalanda win senior chess titles
  66. ^ Nalanda College - A repository of Buddhist values
  67. ^ Nalanda beat Royal in hockey final
  68. ^ Nalanda and Vijaya college are joint champs
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  70. ^ Nalanda College Rowing Crew
  71. ^ Rifle shooting hits schools at last
  72. ^ Nalanda and Devi Balika on top
  73. ^ Dharmaraja Invitation Soccer Tournament starts today
  74. ^ Inaugural squash tourney at Nalanda
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  76. ^ Nalanda Swimming Pool
  77. ^ Nalanda swim through to claim Triangular title
  78. ^ St. Peter’s dominate the school tennis scene again
  79. ^ Thimira turns draws into wins
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  81. ^ Nalanda Water Polo
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  89. ^ Ranaviru Upahara at Nalanda College by Sarath MALALASEKERA
  90. ^ Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara Ulela
  91. ^ Ranaviru Upahara Highlights
  92. ^ Ranaviru Upahara 2011
  93. ^ War Memorial
  94. ^ Olcott Memorial old boys cricket tourney by Upananda Jayasundera
  95. ^ Reliable Glucometers from PC Pharma – Improving Quality of Life
  96. ^ Carnival to raise funds for Nalanda sports complex by Asanga Warnakulasuriya

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 6°55′20″N 79°52′29″E / 6.92222°N 79.87472°E / 6.92222; 79.87472