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New head of surgeons was a fine sportsman

by Premasara Epasinghe

Former Nalanda College Colombo and University of Ceylon, sportsman, Mohan de Silva, who excelled as an all-rounder and a fine right arm leg-spinner in the 1970s was inducted as the 22nd President of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, at a glittering ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute Colombo 07 on Saturday.

A galaxy of eminent Surgeons, which included Dr. P.R. Anthonis, Prof. A.H. Sheriffdeen, Prof. Channa Ranatunga, Dr. A. Gabriel graced the ceremony.

It was a great moment of glory and happiness to some of the Past - Teaches of Nalanda College who were in attendance to witness the Induction Ceremony of their "Star Student" as the President of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka.

The teachers who attended were Mrs. T.S. Silva, Sarvodaya leader Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, L.P. Wijesundara, Manning Athukorala, K.B.V. Romiel and Premasara Epasinghe. Prof de Silva had his earlier education at St. Thomas' College Gurutalawa and later joined Nalanda College Colombo, during the "Golden Era of Nalanda" under the Principal Gunapala Wickramaratne' a great educationist. After a brilliant academic and career at Nalanda he entered the University of Ceylon, Colombo Medical Faculty in early 1970s. His forte was Surgery and excelled as a Surgeon both in Sri Lanka and abroad.

The Chief Guest of the Induction Ceremony Prof. Dayasiri Fernando, professor of Surgery, Dean-Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayawardanepura in his speech mentioned that "kindness is the key to a successful Surgeon". Dr. de Silva took up an appointment at Colombo South Hospital, Kalubowila. It was during this time, with the able assistance of his "Guru" Prof. Dayasiri Fernando, the Department of Surgery was set up at the Faculty of Medical Science, University of Sri Jayawardanepura. He was instrumental in organizing the Inter-University Medical Faculty Cricket Tournament.

Prof. de Silva captained University Of Ceylon cricket team in the Sara Trophy Tournament, when he was a medical student, in the 1970s. He was also a fine basket-ball player, a talented musician and a fine singer.

As a Teacher, Master-in-Charge of Cricket and Prefect of Games at Nalanda College Colombo (1967-1970), I am proud of Mohan who had not only brought honour and glory to Nalanda, but humanity as well.

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