Uduvil Girls' College

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Uduvil Girls' College
உடுவில் மகளிர் கல்லூரி
Uduvil central, North

Coordinates9°44′04.40″N 80°00′57.70″E / 9.7345556°N 80.0160278°E / 9.7345556; 80.0160278Coordinates: 9°44′04.40″N 80°00′57.70″E / 9.7345556°N 80.0160278°E / 9.7345556; 80.0160278
School typePrivate 1AB
MottoThe Truth Shall Make You Free
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
FounderHarriet Winslow
School districtValikaamam Education Zone
AuthorityJaffna Diocese of the Church of South India
PrincipalMrs.Patricia Suneetha Jebaratnam
Number of studentsabout1500
LanguageTamil, English
Hours in school day6 hours
HousesAgnew, Winslow, Howland, Bookwalter
Colour(s)Blue, Green, Red, Yellow
Slogan"Truth shall make you free"
SongOh Uduvil! Dear Uduvil!

Uduvil Girls' College (Tamil: உடுவில் மகளிர் கல்லூரி Uduvil Makalir Kallūri, UGC) is a girls private school in Uduvil, Sri Lanka.[1][2] Founded in 1820 by American missionaries, it is one of Sri Lanka's oldest schools.


In 1816 American missionaries founded the American Ceylon Mission in Jaffna. The ACM established missions in other parts of the Jaffna peninsula including one in Vaddukoddai. The ACM established numerous schools on the peninsula, the first school being the Common Free School (Union College) in Tellippalai. In 1820 the Uduvil Seminary was established in Uduvil. It was situated in an abandoned Franciscan mission built by the Portuguese. Harriet Winslow (1796–1823), a missionary turned it into an all-girls boarding school in 1824. It was called Missionary Seminary and Female Central School. It was Asia's first all-girls boarding school.

Uduvil has had eight principals at its helm and stands as proud witness to the high ideals and worthy missionary heritage . Eliza Agnew took over as principal after Mrs.Harriet Winslow then followed Miss Susan Howland and Miss Lulu Bookwalter- Uduvil's last American principal. Miss Ariam Hudson Paramasamy- our first national principal was followed by Mrs.Saraswathy Somasundaram in 1970 and by Ms. Chelvi Selliah in 1982. She was followed by Mrs. Cherry Mills.[3] In her period the school had a great time with competitions. After that Uduvil's current principal Mrs. Suneetha Patricia Jebaratnam.

The school today[edit]

There are three specific units in the school namely, the Primary, Secondary and the Further Education Program. The secondary section prepares students for local examinations in the Tamil medium and English medium. The Further Education Program (FEP) aspires to strengthen students through skills development such as accounting, music, English and IT. The Eliza Agnew Business Processing Outsourcing Centre trains school leavers on online accounting and IT skills.

190th Anniversary[edit]

Uduvil Girls’ College celebrated its 190th anniversary in the year 2014.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schools Basic Data as at 01.10.2010. Northern Provincial Council. 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03.
  2. ^ "Province - Northern" (PDF). Schools Having Bilingual Education Programme. Ministry of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03.
  3. ^ http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20050123/witness-to-the-tsunami-recounts-harrowing-tale

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