The Colombo OBA has celebrated its Centenary Celebrations (1913 – 2013) in a grand way at the Global Towers Hotel, Colombo 06 on 26thJanuary 2014. This function was graced by Mr.K.KanagIswaran P.C. as the Chief Guest and Mr.K.Thayaparan, retired high ranking Administrator of Sri Lankan Government, as the Guest of Honour. The function started at 7.00 p.m. with the traditional lighting of lamp. The President of the Colombo OBA Mr. Vernon Fernando in his welcome speech commended the role played by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour during their period as the Presidents of the Colombo OBA and the achievements by them in their career. Then it was the Chief Guest, who in his address outlined the achievements of the Colombo OBA for the last hundred years. This was followed by the addressby the Guest of Honour, who enlightened the importance of the Scholarship Scheme introduced by the Colombo OBA and the benefits reaped by the students who have been awarded this scholarship.

This was followed by the launching of web site for the Colombo OBA with the domain name  with the assistance of Mr.T.T.Mayuran, our Colombo OBA Ex – Co member. The intension of this official web site is to update the news of the school activities and that of Colombo OBA.

The speeches continued. It was our collegePrincipal’s time. In his speech, the Principal reasoned out the main causes for the reduction in new admissions from other districts. According to him, the schools in other districts too are with adequate facilities nowadays to cater good education to their students and this reduced the needs for the outstation students to join the established schools in Jaffna.

Other speakers were M/s K.Manickavasagar – former Librarian, L.N.Balaratnarajah – President St. John’s OBA Colombo Branch, V.Ganesh – a distinguished old boy of Central who is working as CEO, Nawaloka Group of Companies and Mr.K.Balakrishnan – the former President of UK OB&GA.

The function was highlighted by the presentation of a Memento to Mr.K.Manickawasagar by the Chief Guest Mr.K.KanagIsvaran for his dedicated services as Librarian of our college and member of both Jaffna and Colombo OBAs. It should be mentioned here that he was a key member in determining the date of founding of our school.
The Colombo OBA invited many special invitees for this function. Another important feature in the occasion was the presence of ten university students from different universities, who were invited as special invitees by the Colombo OBA. Mr.K.Jeyabalasingam, one of the Vice Presidents of the Colombo OBA was instrumental for this invitation. Mas.Vijeeth, an engineering student of the Peradeniya campus, made a speech at the request of the Colombo OBA.
The meeting concluded with the vote of thanks by the Secretary of the Colombo OBA,Mr.R.Ranjithkumar. Mr.S.S.Sivakumar was the compere who done it in his inimitable style and added value to the function. A souvenir was released to mark the occasion. This was followed by an entertainment by Murugesu Music Group with full of fun and frolic. The celebration ended with a sumptuous dinner.

Source: K.Mahendranathan

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