Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jaffna College Celebrating Excellence

              Text and pix by Dushiyanthini Kanagsabapathipillai


Jaffna College has produced numerous eminent personalities


At 101 years, Velupillai is the oldest old boy


Silan Kadirgamar welcoming the Chief Guest Professor Valentine Daniel, Columbia University

 Jaffna College continues its traditions


Founded in 1823, Jaffna College was set up in Vaddukottai.  It’s Alumni Association was established outside the Peninsula, in Colombo, in 1913. The Centenary Celebrations of this distinguished portal of learning were held at Hotel Galadari recently.

A distinguished past pupil of Jaffna College Professor Valentine Daniel of the Columbia University of United States of America delivered the keynote address.  Staff members who have served over two decades were felicitated at the ceremony.

Jaffna College has produced outstanding scholars and eminent personalities for many decades.

College Song:~

Come, Let us to our College give
The honour which is due;
Where’er we gather, while we live,
Our filial love renew


Hurrah! Hurrah! For Jaffna College we cheer
Where’er we roam our College home
We’ll ever hold most dear

Here useful knowledge we may gain,
Here learn from day today,
How true wisdom we may obtain
To guide us through life’s way.

We love her name, we’ll guard her fame
While life and mem’ry last;
Our loyalty shal be the same
Where’er our lot be cast

The Light of Life is on her seal,
And may this College be,
A place where all her sons shall feel
That they the true Light see.

Dr.Selvy Thiruchandran, Alagan Kadirgamar, Reverend. Sathiaseelan Kadirgamar and Professor Valentine Daniel

Prayer time

Old boys of Jaffna College Alagan Kadirgamar, Dr.M.A.Mohamed Saleem and Silan Kadirgamar

Felicitated staff of Jaffna College

Professor Valentine Daniel of Columbia University delivers the keynote address

 Gathered to celebrate the Centenary

Guest at Centenary Celebrations

M. Thavayogarah, President of Jaffna College Alumni Association (Colombo Branch) (Parent Body) proposing the toasts for Jaffna College

Noel A. Vimalendran, Principal of Jaffna College Alumni Association responding to the toasts

 Guests accepting the toasts

 Joined to celebrate

 Instant interest soon after the launch of the Centenary Souvenir

Centenary Souvenir

Poetic Greetings from Jaffna College Alumni Association (Jaffna Branch) to Jaffna College Alumni Association (Colombo Branch ~ Parent Body)

Golden Tamil melodies adding colour to celebrations

 Melodies of identity


 On Ceylon Today


Courtesy: Ceylon Today








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