Past SSCOBA President, Present SSCOBA Advisor, Chairman of Anunine Holdings & KSPA Packaging Mr. Anurath Abeyratne Donated a PCR Machine to Panadura Base Hospital
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to distinguished Sumangalian, Past President of SSCOBA, Present Advisor of SSCOBA, Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Chairman of Anunine Holdings & KSPA Packaging (Pvt) Ltd, and one of the highly reputed gentlemen in Panadura, Mr. Anurath Abeyratne for donating a PCR Machine to Panadura Base Hospital.
On behalf of the Sumangalians and people in Panadura, SSCOBA would like to thank again Mr. Abeyratne for extending his support & blessings for the people in Panadura, our city.
Photo courtesy: Sumangalian, Chairman of Panadura Urban Council, Nandana Gunathilake
SSC Group of 2007 donates Rs 120,000 to support upgrading Mr. Dhanushka Sanjaya Fernando’s Children’s Cochlear Processing Units
SSCOBA is pleased to announce that we have been touched by the “Sri Sumangala College Group of 2007”. We are very fortunate to facilitate a generous donation of Rs.120,000/- from the 2007 group to enable the mission of upgrading Cochlear Processing Units of our old boy & Exco member Mr. Dhanushka Sanjaya Fernando’s daughter and son.
SSC Group of 2007 are the Sumangalians who did their Grade 5 Scholarship in 1998, O/Ls in 2004 & A/Ls in 2007.
All of us at SSCOBA are grateful for this donation and we thank the SSC Group of 2007 for doing their part to enhance the lives of these 02 innocent children.
Thank you again!
Dear Sumangalians & well-wishers,
Please find the updated details of the Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association, Executive Committee of 2020/2021 as of June 09, 2021.
Hon. Rev. Patron,
Mahanayake of Amarapura Chapter, Chief incumbent of Rankoth Viharaya – Panadura, Professor Kahapola Sugatharathana Nayaka Thero
- Lt. Colonel L.G.P.B Liyangaskumbura (The Principal)
- Prof. Kapila Perera
- Dr. Neville Fernando (Deceased on February 04, 2021)
- Lion Rohantha de Fonseka
- Mr. Anupa Pasqual
- Mr. Sarath Alwis
- Mr. Thilak Rohitha Silva
- Mr. Jagath Angage
- Mr. Winson Kahandagamage
- Mr. Aravinda Perera
- Mr. Anurath Abeyratne
- Mr. Vijith Salgado
- Mr. Sanath de Silva
Mr. Mahesh Fonseka
- Mr. Amila Nawalage
- Mr. Dhanuka Kottahachchi
Mr. Dinesh Katipearachchi
Mr. Sumedha Perera
Secretary of Social Affairs,
Mr. Channa Dhammika
Mr. Vishva Jayathunga
Mr. Sudesh Chathura
- Mr. Chamath Dias
- Mr. Kumarasiri Bodaragamage
- Mr. Nimesha Nawalage
- Mr. Padmal Gunarathna
- Captain Kasun Hewage
- Mr. Chamara Peiris
- Mr. Nuwan Ranamaura
- Mr. Jagath Pushpakumara
- Mr. Madusanka Namasena
- Mr. Dushantha Chanaka
- Mr. Sampath Perera (Resigned on May 26, 2021)
- Prof. Jagath Wansapala
- Mr. Shiran Senanayake
- Mr. Roshan Senarathna
- Mr. Bandu Laksiri
- Mr. Niluka Fernando
- Mr. Danushka Sanjeewa
- Mr. Amaralanka Fernando
- Mr. Prabath Tharaka
- Mr. Sashika Prabath
- Mr. Rajeew Fernando
- Mr. Janaka Sudhara
- Mr. Dinesh Abeypala
- Mr. Manjula Wijewardhana
- Mr. Charitha Gunathilaka
- Mr. Geeth Nadeesha
- Mr. Indika Wijenayake
- Mr. Sanjaya Amarasekara
- Mr. Madura Perera
- Mr. Nilanga Vishwanath
- Mr. Yasitha Samantha Fernando
- Mr. Bashitha Weerathunga
- Mr. Dileeka Maduranga
- Mr. Rasika Prabashana
- Mr. Aruna Perera
- Mr. Nishantha Senevirathna
- Mr. Nafli Nazeer
- Mr. Neil Sunetralal
- Mr. Sameera Gunathilake
- Mr. Janaka Chithrananda
- Mr. Ajith Wijesekara
- Mr. Gayan Kaveendra Wijesundara
- Mr. Buddhika Dinesh
- Mr. Kapila Kumara
- Mr. Hasela Peiris
- Mr. Mohan Sameera Silva
- Mr. Ruwan Chamara
- Mr. Manjula Jayasinghe
- Mr. Gayan Prabhath
- Mr. Keneth Weerasinghe
- Mr. Madushan Asanka
- Mr. Asantha Thalis
- Mr. Asanka Ranga Perera
ආදී ශිෂ්ය, වර්තමාන විධායක සභික ධනුෂ්ක සංජය ප්රනාන්දු මහතා තමන්ගේ දරුවන් දෙදෙනාගේ ශ්රවණාධාර උපකරණ අලුත් කිරීම සඳහා උපකාරයක් පතයි
අප ආදී ශිෂ්ය කේ. ධනුෂ්ක සංජය ප්රනාන්දු මහතා වර්තමානයේ අප සංගමයේ විධායක සභිකයෙකු ලෙස කටයුතු කරනු ලබයි. එසේම ඔහු පාසලේ බාලදක්ෂ කණ්ඩායමේ ස්වේච්ඡා ගුරුවරයෙකු ලෙස සහ ශිෂ්ය භට කණ්ඩායමේ ස්වේච්ඡා පුහුණුකරුවෙකු ලෙසද කටයුතු කරයි.
ඔහුගේ දරුවන් තිදෙනාගෙන් බාල දරුවන් දෙදෙනා උත්පත්තියෙන් උග්ර ශ්රවණාබාධයක් සහිත දරුවන් දෙදෙනෙකු වන අතර ඔවුන් දැනට භාවිතා කරන ශ්රවණාධාර උපකරණ නිෂ්පාදනය නවත්වා ඇති බැවින් ඔවුන්ට ඉතා ඉක්මණින් නව යන්ත්ර ලබා ගත යුතු බවට වික්රමාරච්චි ආයතනය පවසා ඇත. එක් දරුවෙකුගේ යන්ත්රයක් සඳහා රුපියල් ලක්ෂ විසි හතරක් (ලක්ෂ 24) වැය වන අතර දරුවන් දෙදෙනාම සඳහා ලක්ෂ 48ක් බව එම ආයතනය ලිපියක් මගින් සඳහන් කර ඇත.
මෙම විශාල මුදල සොයා ගැනීම සඳහා ආදී ශිෂ්ය සංගමයේ සහයෝගය ඉල්ලා ලිපියක් ඔහු ඉදිරිපත් කල අතර විධායක සභාවේ අනුමැතිය මත එම ලිපිය සහ අදාල ලියකියවිලි මෙසේ අප ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නෙමු.
දරුවන් දෙදෙනා වෙනුවෙන් මෙම ශ්රවණාධාර යන්ත්ර මිලදී ගැනීමට ඔබ සැමගේ සහයෝගය ඔහු විසින් බලාපොරොත්තු වන අතර මේ සඳහා ලැබෙන ආධාර මුදල් ඔහුගේ ගිණුමට හෝ වික්රමාරච්චි ආයතනයේ දරුවන්ගේ නමින් සෘජුව තැන්පත් කර එම ලදු පත ඔහු හට ලැබෙන්නට සලස්වන වන මෙන් ඔහු ඉල්ලා සිටිනු ලැබේ.
මේ සඳහා උදව් උපකාර කරන ලෙස ආදී ශිෂ්ය සංගමය ලෙස අපි ඔබ සැමගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු.
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SSCOBA Donates 02 Patient Transfer Trolleys to Panadura Base Hospital Worth Rs 200,000 to Battle with COVID-19
Old Boys’ Association of Sri Sumangala College (SSCOBA) donated two Patient Transfer Trolleys to Panadura Base Hospital to support their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Indrani Godakanka, Medical Superintendent of the Panadura Base Hospital, and Dr. Wasantha Malalasekara for providing guidance.
SSCOBA President Mr. Mahesh Fonseka and Treasurer Mr. Dinesh Ketiparachchi handed over the two trolleys to the Panadura Base Hospital.
Complying with its social responsibility, SSCOBA, under the leadership of the current President Mr. Mahesh Fonseka supported the community by implementing many projects during the pandemic and SSCOBA has already committed to make some more equipment donations to Panadura Base Hospital within the next few days.
SSCOBA Donates an ICU Bed and 10 Wireless Bells to Kethumathi Maternity Hospital to Battle with COVID-19
Old Boys’ Association of Sri Sumangala College (SSCOBA) donated an ICU bed and ten wireless bells to Kethumathi Maternity Hospital to support their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We take this opportunity to thank the attorney-at-law Mr. Amila Nawalage – Joint Secretary of SSCOBA and his wife Mrs. Nishadi Rodrigo for fully sponsoring the expenses of the ICU bed.
Complying with its social responsibility, SSCOBA has been serving the old boys, college students, and the community in numerous ways from the onset of the first wave of COVID-19. We distributed dry rations to needy old boys, students, and the community. The SSCOBA also assisted and implemented Online Learning for college students through Microsoft Teams & Office 365 and offered the same solution to the students of Royal College, Panadura as well.
Sumangalian, Tilak De Silva appointed as the Chairman – Board Trustees of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL)
We are happy to inform you that Sumangalian, Patron of SSCOBA, Tilak De Silva has been appointed as the Chairman – Board Trustees of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka ( IESL).
Mr. Silva was the former Chief Business Innovation Officer at Sri Lanka Telecom and the present Chairman of Engineering Council Sri Lanka.
It gives us great pleasure to extend our heartiest congratulations and sincere best wishes.
On the 16th of March 2018, Dr Jayan Mendis will do his final ward round at the National Institute of Mental Health. This will mark the end of a remarkable journey during which he almost single handedly transformed the old Angoda mental hospital to a modern mental health institute.
He had his early education at Sri Sumangala College, Panadura and Thurstan College, Colombo and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ruhuna in 1984. He completed his internship at the Colombo General Hospital.
Dr Jayan Mendis was appointed to the Angoda Mental hospital as a young post intern doctor in 1986. At that time this hospital was more of an mental asylum than a hospital. The young Dr Mendis was appalled at these primitive conditions and resolved take up psychiatry to change the plight of these poor patients.
Dr Mendis did his postgraduate training at the University Psychiatry unit in Colombo and at North Western Mental Health in Melbourne. He was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist at the Angoda Mental Hospital on returning to Sri Lanka in 1997.
It was a serendipitous turn of events that changed his destiny as well as that of the old Angoda hospital. In 2002 the director of the Angoda hospital had to leave his post followed a dispute with the staff and the post fell vacant. The then Director General of Health Services Dr A.M.L Beligaswatte requested Dr Jayan Mendis to take up the post on an acting basis. The rest as we know is history.
When Dr Jayan Mendis took over as acting director Angoda was a slightly more humane place than what it was in the eighties. But things were far from satisfactory. It was perhaps somewhat like the fictional psychiatry unit in the award winning movie “One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest”! The number of medical officers had increased but they still confined themselves to treating the physical illnesses and had little contact with patients. It was only the eight specialist psychiatrists and the few postgraduate trainees who looked into the mental health aspects of the over 1000 inpatients. The nursing staff had no knowledge of psychiatry and were overworked and demotivated. The minor staff were a law unto themselves and still continued their crude methods of dealing with aggressive patients. The doctors and nurses ignored complaints of assaults by patients as they didn’t want to upset the status quo.
Dr Jayan Mendis gradually set about changing this situation. He naturally met with a lot of resistance but he faced it head on in his characteristic style. He was not afraid to call a spade a spade and was highly critical of some of the asylum type practices that were prevalent at that time. This may not have endeared himself to some but that was his style. I was a first year registrar at that time at NIMH and was fortunate to witness some of his struggles first hand. Now looking back after many years I feel that only a benevolent dictator like him could have changed these practices.
The conventional wisdom among the top experts in mental health at that time was that Angoda should be closed as it can never be changed. Many local politicians too added their voice to this cry but their motive was to grab the valuable land that was to grab the large extent of land that housed it. But Dr Mendis firmly believed that the Mental Hospital was an asset to Sri Lankan psychiatry and had to be protected and developed.
His first strategy was to improve the medical and nursing care. He trained the staff in Basic Psychiatry as well as in the safe practice of seclusion and restraint. He gradually weaned out the archaic practices prevalent at that time and ensured the elimination of violence against patients. He introduced the concept of clinical governance and developed protocols on safe patient management. Angoda was the traditional dumping ground of the health administrators of that time. Health staff members with disciplinary issues were transferred to Angoda as punishment. Dr Mendis opposed this practice vehemently. So much so that some of the top health administrators thought he was a thorn in their flesh.
After improving some of the basics Dr Mendis set about improving the infrastructure of the hospital. The Perinatal psychiatry unit, The Psychiatry Intensive care unit, The Learning disability unit, The Geriatric unit and the child and adolescent unit and the medical unit were added during that time. He also took steps to improve the existing units like the forensic psychiatry unit as well as the occupational therapy and rehabilitation services. He also established a fully fledged training centre training center with two auditoriums and a Library as well as a research unit. He tapped all possible local as well as foreign sources in order to get funds for these developments. Unlike many medical professionals at that time he was not averse to meeting with politicians to get their support. But he was quite straightforward even with them and was prepared to oppose them when the need arose.
He never neglected his clinical responsibilities despite his heavy administrative responsibility. He was an excellent clinician who always empathized with his patients. He took a personal interest in his juniors and went out of his way to help them. Those of us who worked closely with him knew that there was a heart of gold under the rough exterior!
Dr Mendis relinquished his administrative responsibilities in 2015 after serving for over 13 years. I was fortunate to join him at NIMH as it’s most junior consultant just prior to his retirement and see for myself the tremendous improvement that the hospital has undergone. The stigma associated with the hospital is much less and it attracts a large number of patients despite the presence of a wide network of regional psychiatric units. Medical and Nursing students from several universities come to the NIMH for training.
Dr Jayan Mendis took over the reins of what was believed to be an unsalvageable mental asylum and turned into the National Institute of Mental health of this country. I believe that this would go down in history as one of the greatest achievements in the history of health services in this country. I dare say (with apologies to the late Winston Churchill) that never in the history of mental health has so many owed so much to so few. In this case it was just one.
But I believe the best is yet to come. Devoid of his onerous clinical responsibilities Dr Mendis is bound to get more involved in mental health development. We his students will do our best to protect and improve his legacy as that is the biggest tribute we can pay him. I am sure Dr Jayan Mendis will be with us all the way supporting us in all possible means for as long as he can.
Original article was published in Colombo Telegraph and written by Dr Sajeewana Amarasinghe – Consultant Psychiatrist, National Institute of Mental Health
Veteran Banker, Past SSCOBA President, Sumangalian Mr. Aravinda Perera appointment as the Deputy Chairman of Pan Asia Bank
Veteran banker, Past SSCOBA President, Sumangalian Mr. Aravinda Perera appointed as the Deputy Chairman of Pan Asia Bank effecting from 2nd May 2021.
Appointed to the Pan Asia Bank 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 honored 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 honored 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 was the President of Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association from 1992 to 1998.