Nalanda College, Colombo

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Nalanda College
නාලන්දා විද්‍යාලය
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Location
Sri Dhamma mawatha


Information
TypeNational
MottoPali: අපදාන ශෝභිණී පඤ්ඤා
Āpadāna Sobhinī Panñā
(Wisdom illumines Character)
Established1 November 1925; 94 years ago (1925-11-01)
FounderPatrick de Silva Kularatne
PrincipalThilak Waththuhewa
Grades1–13
GenderBoys
Enrollment5000
Colour(s)Maroon & Silver
         
AffiliationBuddhist
AlumniOld Nalandians
Websitenalanda.sch.lk

Nalanda College[1][2][3][3][4] (Sinhala: නාලන්දා විද්‍යාලය) is a national school in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The school was established by P. de S. Kularatne as an offshoot of Ananda College Colombo and was registered as a separate school on 1 November 1925.[5]

History[edit]

Main Entrance to College

In 1922 a section of Ananda College was moved to Campbell Place, Colombo on a proposal made by Patrick de Silva Kularatne, a leading Buddhist educationist of the time. L. H. Mettananda was appointed as principal of this institution which was called as Ananda branch. W. E. Fernando was the headmaster and Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Therea became its first Buddhist teacher.[6][7]

Nalanda College Oldest Buildings

In 1924 Kularatne has spent Rs. 5,500 to purchase a quarter acre of land close to the Campbell Place playground and built 16 class rooms for the new school. Governor Gregory Thompson laid the foundation stone for a building to have 16 class rooms. Out of 16 class rooms he has used two rooms for the principals office and staff members another two rooms for the laboratories and balance 12 rooms for the classes. Three hundred and thirty students of Ananda were transferred under L. H. Mettananda in 1924.[8]

Malalasekara Theatre

Kularatne was instrumental in getting the institution registered as a separate school on 1 November 1924. The new school was given its motto Apadana Sobhini Panna, and the school name Nalanda also proposed by Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero. The English and the Sinhala versions are "Character illumines Wisdom" and "Yahapath Charithayen Praggnawa Opanangwe" respectively. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thera has selected this motto from the Anguttara Nikaya, Tika Nipatha, Bala Waggo Lakkana Sutta.[9]

Thakshila Building

On 1 January 1926 Kularatne appointed Dr. Gunapala Mallasekara as principal of the Nalanda College and transferred L. H. Metthanada to Ananda College as vice principal. Nalanda was fortunate in having its second principal, Gunapala Piyasena Malalasekera. Malasekara launched several projects, making plans for the collection of funds for the construction of buildings, later commenced a bulletin titled "NALANDA". Also arranged 15-minute Buddhist talks at the daily students assembly and took many steps to promote the Buddhist environment in the school.

Kularatne laid the foundation stone for second building on 30 March 1926. By the end of 1926 the number of students had increased to 550. Later he borrowed money from Anagarika Dharmapala to purchase a land for primary section which was settled by Malasekara. The student assembly hall is named Malalasekara Theatre after him.[10][11]

Evolution[edit]

Language Laboratory

The college is equipped with facilities such as science and computer laboratories, lecture halls, auditoriums, and hostels.[12][13] The main medium of education at Nalanda is Sinhala while students have the option to select English from year seven onwards.[14] Nalandians have excelled academically, achieving high grades at Ordinary Level and Advanced Level exams and also in sports.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]

Swimming Pool

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.[27][28][29][30][31] Students of Nalanda College Colombo also have excelled in research activities.[32][33][34][35][36] In 2017 a student of Research Forum won a silver medal for his research, Deposition of air pollutants on pollen grains and occurrence of respiration allergies among humans at the International Conference of Young Scientists in Germany, where Sri Lanka participated for the first time at the event as a competitive country.[37][38]

Awards[edit]

At Nalanda College Colombo there are many endowed prizes and awards to felicitate its students who achieve immensely in education, sports and other extracurricular activities. Felicitation ceremonies are conducted each year.[39][40][41][42]

  • Annual Prize Giving - all Nalandians who gained unique academic achievements in education are felicitated.
  • Annual Colours Awarding Ceremony - Ceremony to felicitate students who performed and achieved national and international victories during a year.
  • International Awarding Ceremony - Ceremony to award students who gained high recognition in the international arena.
  • Nalanda Puthra Abhinandana Award – Service to the nation awarded to M. J. Perera in 1992.
  • Nalanda Keerthi Sri (Sinhala:නාලන්දා කීර්තී ශ්‍රී සම්මානය) නාලන්දා කීර්තී ශ්‍රී සම්මානය- 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.[43][44][45][46][47]

Award recipients include: Kala Keerthi Dr Henry Jayasena, President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara, Sri Lanka Ranajana Dr Sarath Gunapala, Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Kuppiyawatta Bodhananda Thera, Dr Gunadasa Amarasekara, Professor Pathmajeewa Ganepola, Professor K. N. O. Dharmadasa, Air Chief Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala, Air Chief Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias.

Clubs and societies[edit]

Sports[edit]

Nalanda College occupy a playground at Campbell Place,[68][69][70] a modern sports complex,[71][72] a modern squash court,[73][74] swimming pool,[75] shooting range[76] and other sports facilities.[77]

Battle of the Maroons[edit]

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 such as Bandula Warnapura, Roshan Mahanama, Kumar Dharmasena, Mahela Jayawardena.

Nalanda Vs Trinity[edit]

The annual cricket match between Nalanda College Colombo and Trinity College, Kandy is played for the Mahela-Sanga Trophy.

Principals[edit]

Name From To
L. H. Mettananda[107]
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
2017
Thilak Waththuhewa[38]
2017
to date

Notable teachers[edit]

Nalanda College has had a number of notable teachers in tutorial staff including: Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayake Thero, Polwatte Buddhadatta Mahanayake Thero, S. Mahinda Thero, A. T. Ariyaratne, Edward Jayakody, Premasara Epasinghe, and Siri Perera

Alumni[edit]

Past students who have studied at Nalanda College Colombo are referred to as Old Nalandians.

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.[108][109][110][111] A war memorial is situated between the main oldest buildings of the college.[112]

Nalanda College Junior Old Boys Association[edit]

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, Nalanda Walk, Olcott Memorial old boys cricket tourney, Ranaviru Upahara, etc.[113][114][115]

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