Malith De Silva Elected for Another Term as President of Sri Sumangala College Junior Old Boys’ Association
We are ecstatic to announce that Malith De Silva has been re-elected as the president of the Sri Sumangala College Junior Old Boys’ Association (SSCJOBA). This significant event took place during the 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Sri Sumangala College Junior Old Boys’ Association held on October 01, 2023, commencing at 8 a.m. at the college auditorium.
The entire fraternity of Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association extends its warm congratulations to Malith De Silva and the freshly elected executive committee of SSCJOBA. Your re-election is a testimony to the unwavering trust and confidence that the association members have in your leadership. The successful tenure last year under your stewardship has not only enriched the association but also strengthened the bond between the Junior and Senior Old Boys’ Associations, fostering a collaborative spirit and shared vision towards uplifting the ethos and legacy of Sri Sumangala College.
We look forward to another fruitful year of collaborative efforts and are excited to work closely with the new executive committee of SSCJOBA. The synergy between the Senior and Junior Old Boys’ Associations is quintessential in ensuring the continuous progression and achievement of our cherished Alma Mater.
Here’s to a successful year ahead, filled with purpose-driven initiatives and strengthened camaraderie. Together, under the able leadership of Malith De Silva, we shall continue to strive for excellence and make significant strides in realizing the shared aspirations and goals of the Sri Sumangala College community.
Once again, congratulations to Malith De Silva and the new executive committee of the Sri Sumangala College Junior Old Boys’ Association on your well-deserved election. Your unwavering dedication and indomitable spirit serve as a cornerstone for the continual growth and glory of our beloved institution.
Sumangalian, Dr. Jayalal Weththasinghe has been appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Vocational Technology
We are proud to announce that Sumangalian, Dr. Jayalal Weththasinghe, a distinguished alumnus of Sri Sumangala College, has been appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Vocational Technology!
From our cherished classrooms to towering academic achievements, Dr. Weththasinghe embodies the Sumangalian spirit of relentless pursuit of excellence. This prestigious appointment is the latest feather in his already illustrious cap, and we couldn’t be more elated!
With Dr. Weththasinghe steering the ship, the Faculty of Engineering Technology is destined for greatness. Anticipate trailblazing research, inventive pedagogy, and a learning environment that fosters innovation and skill development.
On behalf of all Sumangalians, young and old, we extend our warmest congratulations! You personify not just academic prowess but also the community spirit and ambition that Sri Sumangala College instils in all of us.
Your new role promises to be a shining chapter in an already remarkable career. May you inspire countless young engineers and continue to bring honour to the Sumangalians all over the world.
Sumangalian, Commodore Chandima Silva, has been promoted to the esteemed rank of Rear Admiral in the Sri Lanka Navy
We are thrilled to announce that Sumangalian, Commodore Chandima Silva, has been promoted to the esteemed rank of Rear Admiral in the Sri Lanka Navy. His promotion is a testament to his commitment, hard work, and relentless pursuit of excellence throughout his distinguished naval career.
He is the Acting Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet (FOCNF) in Trincomalee, a strategic naval base in Sri Lanka.
As a proud alma mater, the Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association extends heartfelt congratulations to Rear Admiral Chandima Silva. His achievements not only make him an exemplar in his professional field but also make us exceedingly proud to call him one of our own.
His success serves as an inspiration to current students and fellow alumni alike, highlighting what can be achieved with dedication, discipline, and a commitment to service. We are sure that Rear Admiral Silva will continue to make significant contributions to the Sri Lanka Navy and to our country.
Congratulations, Rear Admiral Chandima Silva! Your achievements make us all very proud, and we wish you continued success in your service to the nation.
Wishing you Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Sumangalian, Wing Commander VRS Vidanapathirana RSP and Bar, MSc (Def & Strat Stu), BSc (Def Stu), Pg Dip (Def Mgt), psc appointed as the new Commanding Officer at the Junior Command and Staff College of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Academy in China Bay
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sumangalian, Wing Commander VRS Vidanapathirana RSP and Bar, MSc (Def & Strat Stu), BSc (Def Stu), Pg Dip (Def Mgt), psc as the new Commanding Officer at the Junior Command and Staff College of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Academy in China Bay.
Before this prestigious appointment, he served as the Commanding Officer of No. 07 Helicopter Squadron at SLAF Base Hingurakgoda.
The Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association extends all Sumangalians’ heartiest congratulations to Wing Commander VRS Vidanapathirana. As an alumnus of Sri Sumangala College, his recent appointment serves as an inspiration to current students and alumni alike.
We are extremely proud of Wing Commander Vidanapathirana for achieving this high-ranking position and wish him continued success in his new role. His leadership and skills will undoubtedly make a significant impact on shaping the next generation of military officers at the Junior Command and Staff College.
Congratulations again! Your dedication, hard work, and exemplary service continue to make us proud.
We are thrilled to announce the inauguration of the Sri Sumangala College OBA-UK. This new chapter aims to extend the legacy and camaraderie of Sri Sumangala College to our alumni in the UK.
It is truly heartwarming to see the spirit of our alma mater being carried forward in the United Kingdom, and we, SSCOBA, as the official alumni of Sri Sumangala College, extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on this commendable initiative.
Objectives of Sri Sumangala College OBA-UK:
Networking: Strengthen personal and professional connections among alumni in the UK.
- Mentorship, Assistance, and Scholarship: Provide invaluable support to current students and contribute to the school through various initiatives.
- Social Engagement: Participate in and organize Sri Lankan events in the UK.
- Knowledge Sharing: Facilitate seminars, workshops, and lectures featuring our distinguished alumni.
Founding Office Bearers of SSCOBA-UK:
- President: Ranga Pathinayake
- Secretary: Aruna Jayathilake
- Joint Secretary: Yasiru Jayalath
- Treasure: Buddhika Fernando
- Vice President: Indika Hemantha
- Vice Treasurer: Manesh Wettasinghe
- Gayan De Fonseka
- Kamal Aluthgedara
- Prabath Mudiyanselagedara
- Ravin Perera
- Hasarel Fernando
- Bandula De Silva
The Old Boys’ Association of Sri Sumangala College, Panadura, has always been at the forefront of supporting the college’s growth and prosperity. We will be working hand-in-hand with the newly formed SSCOBA-UK. Together, we will further the collective goal of enhancing the experiences of our current students and reinforcing the bonds among our esteemed old boys.
Call to Action: Sumangalians in the UK, Join Us!
If you are a former student of Sri Sumangala College – Panadura currently residing in the United Kingdom, we warmly invite you to join the SSCOBA-UK chapter. By becoming a member, you can reconnect with old friends, enhance your professional network, and actively participate in crafting our alma mater’s bright future.
To get involved or learn more about the SSCOBA-UK, please contact SSCOBA-UK President Ranga Pathinayake at +44 7725 418250 or Secretary Aruna Jayathilake at +44 7445 289916.
Let’s come together to build upon the rich legacy of Sri Sumangala College!
Sumangalian, Wing Commander Jayanath De Silva, has been appointed as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Aeronautical Research and Development Wing at Sri Lanka Air Force Station Katukurunda
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that one of our own, Wing Commander Jayanath De Silva, has been appointed as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Aeronautical Research and Development Wing at Sri Lanka Air Force Station Katukurunda!
This is no ordinary wing in the Air Force! They are the brilliant minds behind all R&D related to the aeronautical field within the Sri Lanka Air Force. They’re even responsible for the manufacturing of the ‘Lihiniya’ UAV aircraft, the ONLY aircraft made in Sri Lanka!
Wing Commander Jayanath’s appointment is not just a feather in his cap but a monumental achievement for the entire Sumangalian community. His leadership will undoubtedly steer the wing to new heights, adding lustre to our country’s defence capabilities and technological advancements.
We couldn’t be more proud! Please join us in showering Wing Commander Jayanath De Silva with hearty congratulations on his well-deserved appointment. Let’s show our overwhelming support for a fellow Sumangalian making waves at a national level!
We are thrilled to share a momentous development that holds great promise for our beloved alma mater. Sri Sumangala College, in collaboration with the Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association (SSCOBA), is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Bluesmart (Pvt) Ltd.
On August 26, 2023, a significant milestone was achieved as representatives from Sri Sumangala College, SSCOBA, and Bluesmart (Pvt) Ltd came together to formalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU signifies our collective commitment to implementing the school management system within Sri Sumangala College.
The school management system represents a comprehensive solution tailored to streamline various facets of educational administration. It encompasses student management, teacher management, and education flow management, all designed to seamlessly integrate with our college’s distinct educational processes. With this implementation, we anticipate a substantial increase in management efficiency, offering clear visibility into critical data.
Under the leadership and guidance of our President, Mr. Aravinda Perera, SSCOBA takes pride in facilitating and funding this transformative project from its inception to its full deployment. As the official alumni, we wholeheartedly pledge our steadfast support and unwavering dedication to the advancement and prosperity of our beloved alma mater.
We were honoured to have esteemed individuals present at the signing ceremony who are deeply committed to the success of this endeavour:
From Sri Sumangala College:
- Mr. Raweendra Pushpakumara, Principal
- Mr. Dinesh Ketipearachchi, Secretary of the School Development Society
- Mr. Kasun Fernando, ICT Teacher
- Mr. Mahesh Fonseka, Advisor
- Mr. Dhanuka Kottahachchi, Joint Secretary
- Mr. Prabath Tharaka, Treasurer
- Mr. Chamara Peiris, Vice President
- Mr. Niluka Iroshana Fernando, Vice President
- Mr. Sameera Gunathilake, Vice President
From Bluesmart (Pvt) Ltd:
- Mr. Anuradha Amarasekara, Director
- Mr. Nuwan Bandara, IT Executive
This partnership symbolizes a shared vision for excellence in education and administrative practices at Sri Sumangala College. We are confident that the school management system will significantly contribute to the growth and development of our college.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all parties involved in bringing this partnership to fruition. Together, we look ahead to a future characterized by enhanced efficiency, transparency, and excellence in education.
Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this exciting initiative.
For inquiries and further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Principal or Mahesh on 076 274 5213 or Chamara on 0712 967 967.
Veteran Banker, the SSCOBA President, Sumangalian Mr. Aravinda Perera appointed as the Chairman of Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC
It is our pleasure to inform you that Sumangalian, the SSCOBA President, Veteran banker Mr. Aravinda Perera appointed as the Chairman of Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC with effect from 11th August 2023.
Appointed to the Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC Board in August 2017, he counts over 37 years in the banking sector and functioned as the Managing Director of Sampath Bank PLC from 1st January 2012, until his retirement in September 2016.
Presently he is the Managing Director of Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC and Chairman of Singer Finance (Lanka) PLC. He is a Director of Hayleys PLC, Hayleys Aventura (Private) Ltd., Fentons Ltd., and Hayleys Advantis Ltd. He is also a former Governing Board Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and Past President of the Association of Professional Bankers, Sri Lanka.
Mr. Perera was honoured with the ‘CEO Leadership Achievement Award 2016’ by the Asian Banker and was also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Platinum Honours – 2014’ award by the Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumni (PIMA) of Sri Jayewardenapura University. He was also honoured with the ‘Award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Banking Industry – 2015’ by the Association of Professional Bankers and was also awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Association of Professional Bankers in October 2018.
He is a Member of the Institute of Engineers of Sri Lanka (MIESL) and a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.). He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) (FCMA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers – Sri Lanka (FIB). He also holds an MBA from the Post Graduate Institute of Management.
Mr. Perera held the position of President for the Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association between 1992 and 1998, and then resumed his presidential role in 2022, which he continues to hold presently.
SSCOBA takes this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Perera on his new appointment and wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.
The 101st Annual Get-together was held at the Blue Waters Hotel at Wadduwa on 24th June from 1900Hrs onwards. The Chief Guest at this occasion was our distinguished old boy, Rear Admiral Asanga Ranasuriya. The event was successful & well attended and became more colourful due to the presence of the wives of our old boys. Several prizes were drawn during the evening get-together. FREEZE enthralled the audience with their music and the Sway Dance Troupe delivered enchanting dance performances.
101st Annual General Meeting of SSCOBA was held successfully on 24th June 2023 from 0830hrs onwards at the college auditorium with an overwhelming attendance of members. New office bearers were appointed for the year 2023/2024.
Mr. Aravinda Perera, a reputed corporate leader in the country has been once again appointed as the President to steer the association this year as well. Mr. Dhanuka Kottahachchi and Mr. Dinesh Ketipearachchi were appointed as Joint Secretaries and Mr. Prabhath Tharaka Suranga was appointed as the Treasurer.
The meeting was attended by the Principal, representatives from other affiliations of OBA including the President of Junior OBA Mr. Malith De Silva, the Treasurer of Colombo Branch Mr. Charitha Gunathilake, and the President of the Past Cricketers’ Association Mr. Rohan Perera.
A large number of distinguished old boys of various disciplines took part in the event and expressed their views constructively.
The vote of thanks was given by the Jt. Secretary, Mr. Dhanuka Kottahachchi.