List of Nalanda College Colombo alumni

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This is a list of Old Nalandians, alumni of Nalanda College Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Politicians[edit]

National[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka (2005-2015), Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (2018-present), Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (2004-2005), Member of Parliament - Beliatta (1970-1977); Hambantota (1989-2005); Kurunegala (2015-present);
Nimal Siripala de Silva Member of Parliament - Colombo (1989-2000), Badulla (2000-present), Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation (2015-present)
Sisira Jayakody Member of Parliament - Gampaha (2015-present)
Gamini Jayawickrama Perera Member of Parliament - Kurunegala (1994-present); Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife (2015-present); Minister of Buddha Sasana (2017-present)
Sujith Sanjaya Perera Member of Parliament - Kegalle (2015-present)
Rajitha Senaratne Member of Parliament - National List (1994-2000), Kalutara (2000-present); Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (2015-present)
Thilanga Sumathipala Member of Parliament - Colombo (2010-2015) National List (2015-present); Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees (2015-present)
Chandima Weerakkody Member of Parliament - Galle (2009-present); Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training (2015-present)
Anura Priyadharshana Yapa Member of Parliament - Kurunegala (1994-present); Minister of Disaster Management (2015-present)
Dharmasena Attygalle Member of Parliament - Kesbewa (1972-1982); Minister of Indigenous Medicine (1980-1982)
Weerasinghe de Silva Member of Parliament - Balapitiya (1970-1977)
M. D. Banda Member of Parliament - Maturata (1947-1960), Hanguranketha (1960-1965), Polgahawela (1965-1970); Minister of Food, Commerce and Trade (1965-1970)
C. A. Dharmapala Member of Parliament - Hakmana (1952-1960)
Lal Dharmapriya Gamage Member of Parliament - Anuradhapura (1989-1994)
Chandra Gunasekera Member of Parliament - Kottawa (1970-1977)
Indradasa Hettiarachchi Member of Parliament - Horana (1977-1989)
I. M. R. A. Iriyagolla Member of Parliament - Dandagamuwa (1947-1960), Kuliyapitiya (1960-1970); Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs (1965-1970)
Tissa Karalliyadde Member of Parliament - Anuradhapura (1994-present)
Kamal Karunanayake Member of Parliament - National List (1989-1994)
Asoka Karunaratne Member of Parliament - Rambukkana (1960-1970, 1977-1989)
Rupa Karunathilake Member of Parliament - Bentara-Elpitiya (1977-1989); Minister of Plantations
Nirmala Kotalawala Member of Parliament - Kalutara (2004-present)
H. R. Piyasiri Member of Parliament - Matara (1989-1994)
Sarath Ranawaka Member of Parliament - Kalutara (1989-2009)
Maithripala Senanayake Member of Parliament - Medawachchiya (1947-1989); Leader of the House (1970-1977); Governor of North Central Province (1994-1998)
Wilfred Senanayake Member of Parliament - Homagama (1970-1977)
C. V. Velupillai Member of Parliament - Talawakelle (1947-1953)
Sarath Weerasekara Member of Parliament - Ampara (2010-2015)
Dingiri Bandara Welagedara Member of Parliament - Kurunegala (1952-1956, 1965-1970, 1977-1988), Governor of North Central Province (1988-1989)
Athula Wijesinghe Chief Minister North Western Province (2002-2013)
H. R. Wimalasiri Member of Parliament - Matara (1994-2000)

Provincial[edit]

Name Notability Reference
M. W. Aruna Pradeep Mayor of Ambalangoda
Prasanna Shamal Senarath Provincial Councilor and Opposition Leader of North Western Province, Sri Lanka Council
Udena Wijerathna Provincial Councilor, Western Province

Religion[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Ananda Weerasekara resident of Buddangala Forest Hermitage
Aluthwewa Soratha Thera Chancellor of University of Uva Vellassa, Chief Incumbent of Kiriwehera, Katharagama, Chief Sanga Nayake of "Ruhunu Magampattuva"
Kuppiyawatta Bodhananda Thera founder of Mithuru Mithuro Movement
Piyadassi Maha Thera former Viharadhikari of the Vajiraramaya Temple Bambalapitiya

Academia[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Rahula Anura Attalage Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa
Senesh Dissanaike Bandara lecturer, Film and Television Studies, Faculty of Industrial and Vocational Technology, University of Vocational Technology, Ratmalana
Chandratilak De Silva Professor of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
Mohan De Silva Professor of Surgery, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Ranjith Premalal De Silva Professor of Agricultural Engineering, Vice Chancellor of Uva Wellassa University
K. N. O. Dharmadasa former Professor of Linguistics, Dean of Faculty of Arts University of Peradeniya, former Editor-in-Chief of the Sinhala Encyclopaedia
Chandra Embuldeniya former Vice Chancellor (Founder), Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka
H. A. De S Gunasekara former Professor of Economics (first Sri Lankan) at University of Peradeniya
H. D. Gunawardhana former Professor of Chemistry, Acting Vice Chancellor and Head of Chemistry Department of University of Colombo
Abhaya Induruwa Inaugural Professor of Computing (Professor VK Samaranayake Endowed Chair) at University of Colombo School of Computing and Director of the Centre for Cybercrime & Security Innovation (CCSI) in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing Canterbury Christ Church University United Kingdom; Founding Head of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Moratuwa; pioneer of Internet in Sri Lanka
S. D. Jayaratne Professor of Medicine at University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Kamal Karunanayake former Professor and Dean of Economics Department, Kelaniya University
Nandadasa Kodagoda former Professor of Medicine, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Medical Faculty of University of Colombo
Don Kulasiri Professor of Computational Modelling and Head of Centre for Advanced Computational Solutions, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand
H. Y. Ranjith Perera Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa and former Dean of Faculty of Engineering - General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
Udaya Ranawaka Senior lecturer in Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
Janaka Ruwanpura Professor of Project Management Systems, Vice Provost International (VPI)
Nalin Samarasinha senior scientist, Planetary Science Institute (PSI), Arizona, USA
Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri former Professor (Adjunct), University of Toronto Canada
Athula Sumathipala Professor of Psychiatry, Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Faculty of Health, Keele University Staffordshire
Mahinda Vilathgamuwa Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Sirimevan Widyasekera Professor of Medical Physics, Dean of the Faculty of ICT & Media at South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine
Ranjith Laxman Wijayawardana Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Physics University of Peradeniya

Civil servants[edit]

Name Notability Reference
P. Amarasinghe former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, former Chairman of People's Bank
Tissa Devendra former Chairman of Public Service Commission, Chairman of Salaries Commission
C. A. Dharmapala former Permanent secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Security Advisor to President J. R. Jayewardene
Saman Ediriweera former Secretary Ministry of Tertiary Education and Training, Secretary Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Hemasiri Fernando Current Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (Sri Lanka) and Chief of Staff of the President, Chairman Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, former Secretary Ministry of Postal Services, former Secretary to the Prime Minister, former Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom, People's Bank (Sri Lanka), and the Airport and Aviation Authority, former Chairman National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, (also listed in Industry and commerce)
V. C. Gunatilleke PC - former Solicitor General, Attorney General's Department
Abhaya Induruwa former acting Chairman and board member of the Computer and Information Technology Council (CINTEC), Board Member Natural Resources Energy and Science Authority (NARESA)
Irwin Jayasuriya former Chairman of the Ceylon Transport Board
Lincoln Perera former Secretary of Ministry of Plantation Industries, former Chairman of Janatha Estates Development Board (JEDB)
M. J. Perera CCS – former Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, former Secretary Ministry of Education, first Ceylonese Director General of Radio Ceylon, founder Chairman of Rupavahini (TV) Corporation
Ranjith Perera former Chairman of Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, former Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, former Head of Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa
B. D. Rampala CCS, MBE - former General Manager of the then Ceylon Government Railway (present Sri Lanka Government Railway), first Ceylonese Chief Mechanical Engineer of Ceylon Government Railway
Ridgeway Thilakeratne CCS - former Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, former Chairman / Director General of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
Ananda Weerasekara former Vice Chairman of Airport & Aviation Services, former Director of Rehabilitation Services Prelates)
Prasanna Wickramasuriya former Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka, former Special Operations Platoon Commander, Sri Lanka Army
Upawansa Yapa PC - former Solicitor General, Attorney General's Department

Military[edit]

Army[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Piyal Abeysekera Major-General; Deputy Chief of Staff (Sri Lanka Army)
Donald Hewagama Brigadier; Judge Advocate General (1967-1982)
Amal Karunasekara Major-General; Chief of Staff (Sri Lanka Army) (2017-present)
Jeewaka Ruwan Kulatunga Major-General; Commandant Defence Services Command and Staff College; Deputy Vice Chancellor - General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
Ubaya Madawela Major-General; Chief of Staff (Sri Lanka Army) (2016-2017)
Milinda Peiris Major-General; Chief of Staff (Sri Lanka Army); Vice Chancellor / Commandant - General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
Samantha Sooriyabandara Major-General; Commander 53 Division; Defence Attaché Sri Lankan Embassy (USA)
Janaka Walgama Major-General; Commander Security Forces (East); Commandant Defence Services Command and Staff College
Ananda Weerasekara Major-General; Commanding Officer - North Central Province
Prasanna Wickramasuriya Colonel; Commander 1st Gajaba Battalion; Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services
Ajith Wickramasinghe Major-General; Director General Supply and Transport (Sri Lanka Army)

Navy[edit]

Name Notability Reference
H. R. Amaraweera Rear Admiral; Director Operations (Sri Lanka Navy)
Justin Jayasuriya Rear Admiral; Commander of Eastern Naval Command
Vijitha Meddegoda Commodore Director Naval Budget
Sarath Ratnakeerthi Rear Admiral; Chief of Staff (Sri Lanka Navy)
Sarath Weerasekara Rear Admiral; Director General Civil Security Department
Samantha Wimalathunga Rear Admiral; Director Sri Lanka Coast Guard (2015-present)

Air Force[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Gagan Bulathsinghala Air Chief Marshall; Commander of the Air Force (2015-2016)
Kapila Jayampathy Air Marshall; Commander of the Air Force (2016-present)
Sumangala Dias Air Vice Marshall; Chief of Staff (Air Force)
Chandana Welikala Air Vice Marshall; Director Administration
Janak Wanigatunge Air Vice Marshall; Director Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Ruchira Samarasinghe Air Commodore; Director Civil Engineering
Prashantha De Silva Air Vice Marshall; Director Inspection and Safety
P. D. J. Kumarasiri Air Vice Marshall; Director Aeronautical Engineering
E. P. B. Liyanage Air Vice Marshall; Director General Engineering; Director Investigation and Safety
Buddhi Siriwardene Air Commodore; Base commander Sri Lanka Air Force Base Katunayake


Police[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Nilantha Jayawardena Deputy Inspector General; Chief of State Intelligence Service (Sri Lanka)
Sisira Mendis Deputy Inspector General; Chief of State Intelligence Service (Sri Lanka)
Sumith Liyanage Deputy Inspector General (?-1996)

Diplomats[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Gagan Bulathsinghala Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Dharmasena Attygalle former High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Pakistan
H. L. de Silva PC - former Ambassador / Permanent Representative to United Nations, New York, United States of America
Rupa Karunathilake former Ambassador for Sri Lanka in the Netherlands
A. S. P Liyanage Ambassador for Qatar, former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Nigerian Republic
Siri Perera former High Commissioner to India
H. R. Piyasiri former Sri Lankan Ambassador in Myanmar
Asoka Weerasinghe former Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Canada
Udayanga Weeratunga former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russian Federation
Jaliya Wickramasuriya former Sri Lankan Ambassador in Washington D.C., United States of America

Legal / Judiciary[edit]

Name Notability Reference
H. L. de Silva former Ambassador / Permanent Representative to United Nations (New York)
T. B. Dissanayake former Commissioner of Assize
V. C. Gunatilleke former Solicitor General, Attorney General's Department
Priyantha Jayawardena Judge of the Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
Siri Perera QC [1][2]
Upawansa Yapa former Solicitor General, Attorney General's Department

Industry and commerce[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Gamini Abeysekera former Chairman of National Savings Bank, Sri Lanka
Vinya Ariyaratne Executive Director of Sarvodaya, lecturer in Community Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Mohan De Silva Chairman of University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka
Felix R de Zoysa founding Chairman of Stafford Motor Ltd, Stafford International School & Atlas Hall; philanthropist
Chandra Embuldeniya President, National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, CEO Informatics Group of Companies
Hemasiri Fernando Chairman of People's Bank, Sri Lanka
S. D. Jayaratne Chairman of State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka and State Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC)
Dilan Jayawardane co-founder and CTO of Scoopler, software engineer at Google
A. S. P. Liyanage Chairman of ASP Group of Companies
Eastman Narangoda Chairman of George Steuart Finance, former Chairman of Seylan Bank, former CEO and General Manager of National Savings Bank
Yoga Perera Chairman and Managing Director of Autoland, Director Airport and Aviation Services Ltd
Thilanga Sumathipala Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket
Chandima Weerakkody former Chairman State Mortgage and Investment Bank
M. Wickramasinghe CEO and General Manager of People's Bank
Ranjith Laxman Wijayawardana Chairman of Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) of Sri Lanka
Mangala Yapa Managing Director Agency for Development of the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade in Sri Lanka, former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Colombo Dockyard

Art[edit]

Authors[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Gunadasa Amarasekara dental surgeon, writer, poet
Anura C. Perera science writer and author
Siri Perera "Siri Aiya" of Radio Ceylon
Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri author of poetry in English
Asoka Weerasinghe poet, co-founder of the Gloucester Spoken Art Series in Ottawa, Canada

Actors[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Hiran Abeysekera British theatre actor
Senesh Dissanaike Bandara teledrama and feature film director
Gamini Hettiarachchi film and teledrama actor
Niroshan Illeperuma film and teledrama actor
Dhamma Jagoda theatre professional (English and Sinhala)
Henry Jayasena playwright, novelist film and teledrama actor (portrayed "Sudu Seeya" in the popular teledrama Doo Daruwo)
Milinda Madugalle film actor and singer
Ravindra Rupasena film actor of early Sinhala cinema in the 1950s
Sisira Senaratne singer
Dhammika Siriwardana film and teledrama producer and director
Ananda Weerakoon film actor of early Sinhala cinema in the 1950s
Namel Weeramuni dramatist, play producer
Tissa Wijesurendra film actor in the 1970s

Media[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Chitrananda Abeysekera poet, former Director of Sinhala Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
Karunaratne Abeysekera poet, songwriter, created history in the world of radio by being the first ever Sinhala cricket commentator over airwaves of Radio CeylonÄ
Premasara Epasinghe cricket Commentator, Private Secretary & Media Consultant to Minister of Education, former Head of Public Relations Bank of Ceylon
Srimath Indrajith Liyanage Television and radio presenter; actor
Palitha Perera former Deputy Director General (Commercial) of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, former Director of Sinhala Service Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, cricket commentator
Suwanda H. J. Sugunasiri columnist, Toronto Star, Ontario, Canada
Nalaka Vithanage theatre, television and cinema director

Sports[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Ishara Amerasinghe former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer
Hemantha Devapriya head coach of Fingara International Cricket Academy, former Sri Lanka "A" Cricket team coach
Kumar Dharmasena former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer; member of World Cup-winning cricket team 1996; Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (1989)
Sriyantha Dissanayake athlete, former Sri Lanka 100m record holder 1990, Duncan White award winner for Athletics, Asian Games silver medalist
Chamara Dunusinghe former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer
Yohan Goonasekera former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer, Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (1976)
Roshan Guneratne former Sri Lanka Test cricketer
Asanka Gurusinha former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer; member of World Cup-winning cricket team 1996; Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (1985), Manager of Sri Lanka national cricket team
Stanley Jayasinghe former all Ceylon and Leicestershire County Cricket Club cricketer
Sunil Jayasinghe former One Day International cricketer
Mahela Jayawardena former Sri Lanka Test cricket captain, Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year runner-up (1994)
Shantha Kalavitigoda former Sri Lanka Test cricketer
Lalith Kaluperuma former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer; former Chairman of Selectors Sri Lanka Cricket
Sanath Kaluperuma former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer
Sumith Liyanage former Olympian boxer
Roshan Mahanama former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International Cricket Captain, Elite Panel Referee of International Cricket Council, member of World Cup-winning cricket team 1996, Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (1983 & 1984)
Dilshan Munaweera Sri Lankan T20 cricketer, Sri Lanka A cricketer
Carl Obeysekera former all Ceylon Cricketer
Yoga Perera motor car racing champion
Anura Ranasinghe former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer, Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (1974 & 1975)
Keerthi Ranasinghe former One Day International cricketer; professional Middlesex CCC cricket coach, trains youth at the Finchley Academy
Gihan Rupasinghe Sri Lankan T20 cricketer, Sri Lanka A cricketer
Jayantha Seneviratne represented the National Cricket Team from 1973 to 1980, Chairman of the Coaching Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket
Sachithra Serasinghe Sri Lanka A cricketer
Shammi Silva President and Chairman of the Gymkhana Club, Colombo Cricket Club; former national player, manager and national coach for squash| style="text-align:center;" |
Ashan Priyanjan Subasinghe captain of Sri Lanka A cricket team, One Day International cricketer| style="text-align:center;" |
P. H. D. Waidyatilleka civil engineer; Chairman of Technical Committee Asian Masters Athletics; first Sri Lankan to be appointed as an International Technical Officer (ITO) by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); only Sri Lankan to qualify as an IAAF Lecturer
Bandula Warnapura Sri Lanka's Inaugural Test cricket captain| style="text-align:center;" |
Priyankara Wickramasinghe former Sri Lanka A cricketer; Malaysian National Cricketer
Gamini Wickremasinghe former Sri Lanka Test/One Day International cricketer

Architects[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Justin Samarasekera architect, past President of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science

Medicine[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Vinya Ariyaratne Faculty of Medical Sciences at University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Mohan De Silva Professor of Surgery at University of Sri Jayewardenepura
P. T. De Silva former President of Ceylon College of Physicians 1984; physician
Vajiranath Lakshman De Silva founder of Saukyadana Movement of Sri Lanka
W. D. L. Fernando former Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Colombo
Prasanna Gunasena neurosurgeon, former Secretary of Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA)
S. D. Jayaratne Professor of Medicine at University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Wijaya Godakumbura consultant surgeon and President of the Safe Bottle Lamp Foundation
Rakitha Malewana medical researcher and social activist
Udaya Ranawaka consultant neurologist, former President Ceylon College of Physicians
Sarath Samarage consultant community physician, National Consultant World Health Organization, former Deputy Director General of Health Services
Hudson Silva founder President of International Eye Bank, Tissue Bank & Eye Donation Society, Honorary Fellow of the College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka

Other[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara - Diyawadana Nilame (Chief Lay Head or Trustee) of the Kandy Temple of the Tooth
Sarath Gunapala senior research scientist, Principal Member of the Engineering Staff & Manager Jet Propulsion Laboratory National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA USA, Former Scientist Bell Laboratories USA
Indrani Iriyagolla humanitarian activist
Harischandra Wijayatunga President of Sinhalaye Mahasammatha Bhoomiputra party

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death of Anil Obeyesekere, PC". Dailynews.lk. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  2. ^ "Tribute to Siri Perera, QC". Dailynews.lk. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2011-09-10.