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    Bi-Centenary celebrations of Batticaloa Methodist college

    July 01, 2014

    Batticaloa Methodist Central College which is the first English school as well as the very oldest school in Sri Lanka celebrated its 200th anniversary on Sunday (29).

    Also  the first educational institution established in Batticaloa was Methodist Central College, founded in 1814.

     

    A thanks giving mass was held at the Puliyantivu Methodist Church on Sunday at 7.30 am and a special sermon was delivered by Rev.J.Vivekanathan.
     
    Thereafter a reception was held at the Mahatma Gandhi Park in Batticaloa.   Following a floral tribute paid to the statue of the founder of Batticaloa Methodist Central College Rev.William Ault, by the current President J.R.P Vimalraj, a procession commenced from the college premises with the participation of the College Band and cultural dance troupes.

     

    During the event the William Old Educational Fund was established by the Past Students Association and marking the event Rs.300,000 was donated initially by a former student union leader of the School.

     

    The key note address was delivered by former Member of Parliament and former principal of the school G.Kacinatar while a special speech was made by the current principal of the school.  The coordinator of the event  Arun Thambimuththu read out the message sent by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

     

    The Chief Guest of the 200th anniversary celebrations main event was Prince. G. Kacinathar who is former president of the Methodist Central College.  

     

    Governor of Eastern Province,  Admiral (Retd.)  Mohan Wickremesinghe participated as a Guest of Honour while the special guests were Eastern Provincial Education Ministry Secretary Pushpakumara, District Government Agent P.S.M.Charles.(KH/bpk)

    Last modified on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:41

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