“I hope that people who have connections to Jaffna and others will
help promote education in Jaffna” said Hon. Secretary to the Ministry
of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa attending
a meeting at Thelippalai in Jaffna on Friday (24) afternoon. Hon.
Secretary was the Chief Guest at the ceremony organized to declare
open the new three-storied “Ampalavanar Kandiah” Memorial Block
at Thelippalai Mahajana College.
the large gathering present, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa reminded that
this fabulous construction shows us our capacity to do massive
work when we get together. He further said the occasion will mark
a proud moment and a memorable day in his life. Hon. Secretary
appreciated the commitment of all soldiers involved in this project.
He stressed that all these were possible due to generosity extended
by Mr. Ken Balendra who provided necessary funds to construct
addressing the meeting Secretary Defence accompanied by distinguished
guests declared open the new building on invitation of Commander
Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda
The new state-of-the-art building consisting of 16 classrooms,
two office rooms, an aesthetic section, two pavilions and two
well-equipped bathrooms was donated by Deshamanya Ken Balaendra
on a concept of Hon. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and
Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa in view of promoting
school education in Jaffna.
Ken Balendra profusely thanked the Commander SF-J and the Army
for creating a majestic construction which he never dreamt to
see at the time of handing over the financial provisions to Mr.
of the 5th Corps of Engineer Services (5 CES) assisted by other
soldiers serving under the SF-J toiled day and night to see the
construction commenced on 7th March 2011 be completed within 11
months. Total estimate of the construction was Rs. 24 million.
However, soldiers’ untiring labour and prevention of unnecessary
waste could complete the project within a budget of Rs. 22.9 million.
These expenses also include many other peripheral engineer, masonry
and carpentry work.
J / Thelippalai Mahajana College founded by Mr. Thuraiyappa Pillai,
a philanthropist and the first principal of the school celebrated
its centenary in 2010. Functioning of the College was compelled
to cease in the usual venue as the terrorist activities intensified
in the area and from 1990 to 1999 the classes were conducted at
Alaveddy, Pandithirippu and Marathanamadam areas. During its proud
history spanning over 102 years, Mahajana College has produced
great scholars, eminent professional and illustrious citizens
to the country.
68 teachers are imparting knowledge to 1533 students at this reputed
presented special mementos to the Chief Guest, Deshamanya Ken
Balendra, Commander SF-J, Commander 515 Brigade Brig. Buvaneka
Randeniya and Commanding Officer 5 CES Lieutenant Colonel Thushara
Silava in appreciation of their invaluable service to the school.
of the school Mrs. S. Ananthasayanam delivered the welcome speech
and incumbent principal Mr. K. Velasivanathan delivered the vote
Hindu, Buddhist and Catholic Clergies, President Seva Vanitha
Branch of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mrs. Ioma
Rajapaksa, Opposition Leader of the Colombo Municipal Council
and former Cabinet Minister Mr. Milinada Moragoda, Governor Northern
Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Commander Northern
Naval Area Rear Admiral Ravi Wijegunarathne and a large crowd
were present on the occasion.