K. S. Arulnandhy

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K. S. Arulnandhy
Born (1899-03-25)25 March 1899
Uduvil, Ceylon
Died 30 July 1972(1972-07-30) (aged 73)
Alma mater Kantharodai English Institute
Jaffna Central College
Ceylon University College
Occupation Teacher

Kathirgamar Sadayar Arulnandhy (25 March 1899 – 30 July 1972) was a Ceylonese teacher and academic. He was the Deputy Director of Education from 1946 to 1950.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Arulnandhy was born on 25 March 1899 in Uduvil in northern Ceylon.[2] He was the son of Kathirgamar and Theivanai. He was educated at Kantharodai English Institute (now Skandavarodaya College) and Jaffna Central College.[2] He passed the Cambridge Local Examinations with distinction and honours. After school Arulnandhy enrolled on a science teacher course.[2]

Arulnandhy married Sakuntala, daughter of Suppiramaniam from Point Pedro. They had three sons (Mahendrarajah, Dr Puveendran and Thavendran) and five daughters (Maruneekiyar, Kamalasany, Satkunadevi, Mangaldevi and Chithradevi).[2]


After completing his science teacher course Arulnandhy was appointed science master at Hartley College in 1920.[2] He then went to Ceylon University College from where he graduated with a first class degree in science.[2] In 1923 he was appointed Assistant Inspector of Schools.[2] In 1929 he went to the UK where he obtained a teaching diploma from the University of London and a MSc degree in psychology.[2] On returning to Ceylon he was promoted to Assistant Director of Education and then Deputy Director of Education in 1946.[2] He retired from the Education Department in 1950 was appointed lecturer in education at the University of Ceylon.[2] Arulnandhy served on a number of examination boards.


Arulnandhy died on 30 July 1972 aged 73.[2]


  1. ^ "Muslim and Tamil Services of the SLBC". The Nation. 25 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 13.