Puttur Sri Somaskantha College - 80 years of excellence in national
Jaffna, Puttur Sri Somaskantha College which was established in 1931
by the great philanthropist and patriot Malavarayar Kandiah is
completing over 80 years in the sphere of education. Sri Somaskantha
College has served the Hindu community splendidly offering a wholesome
education which has been defined as the first and the fairest thing that
the best of men and women can ever have. The educational achievements
combined with meritorious feats achieved by Somaskanda College in
co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are excellent.
This college was founded by Malavarayar Kandiah who was strongly
devoted and dedicated to his religion and was filled with a burning
desire that students should receive their education in a Hindu
atmosphere. In fact, according to Swami Vivekananda: that the highest of
gifts is the giving of spiritual knowledge, the next is the giving of
secular knowledge and the next is the saving of life, the last is giving
food and drink. He who gives spiritual knowledge saves the soul from
many a birth. He who gives secular knowledge opens the eyes of human
beings towards spiritual knowledge.”
Puttur Sri Somaskantha College
Indeed, Malavarayar Kandiah who was a man with vision, mission and
foresight had fulfilled his desires and had maintained and preserved his
commitment to excellence despite the hardship faced by the people of
Jaffna. Further, it is no secret that this educational institution has
moulded within its framework, generations of patriotic, loyal and public
spirited citizens who have proved to be the country’s pride.
The history of this college reveals its progress and its growth from
small beginnings and its contemporary position justifying the ideals and
aspirations of its founder Malavarayar Kandiah. The past students of
this college have adorned the public service of this country.
Furthermore, the generations of students who have passed through the
portal of Somaskanda have no doubt been fortunate as they have been able
to imbibe the spirit of Hindu religion and Hindu culture. They have also
had the privilege of studying under very distinguished Principals and
Sangarappillai Veerasingam of Atchuveli, the first Principal of this
college, and English trained teacher was held in high esteem by parents,
teachers and students for his high degree of discipline and method of
teaching English language and English literature. In fact, he was an
English scholar and even the former principal of Hartley College late K
Poorananpillai once said that Veerasingam was an authority in English
grammar and pronunciations. The former Minister of Education and also
Prime Minister for short period Dr W. Dahanayake had high regards for
Veerasingam since he had vast knowledge in various matters pertaining to
education and even astrology. Incidently, he was the father of V
Anandasangari, who was the former Member of Parliament to Kilinochchi.
Subramaniam Kumaraswamy who succeded Veerasingam as Principal hailed
from a distinguished family in Thambasiddy, Point Pedro, guided the
destiny of this college successfully and gloriously too well for nigh 13
years. By his sympathetic understanding of the difficulties of the
parents, teachers, students, combined with dedication, devotion and
commitment to duty, he succeeded in winning the full confidence and
co-operation of everyone.
In fact, Sri Somaskanda College saw, during the period of Kumarasamy
- all round growth and development. He was an institution by himself. He
was worthy of emulation by everyone and was a consistent disciplinarian
whose influence was felt throughout the school.
V Arumugam, who was the Principal of this college and served this
educational institution for 23 years, was an embodiment of discipline.
During his period the examination results were excellent and many
students entered various faculties of the university. Even the
performance in sports was of high standard.
After retirement of V Arumugam, Vageesan who was the deputy principal
was appointed as Principal in 2006. Thereafter, E. Maheswarathasan was
appointed as the Principal. Even Miss V Sivaleelathevy who was the
deputy principal, acted as the Principal for a short period.
Rajendram Rajamahenthiran who is the present Principal of this
college should be highly commended for piloting the affairs of Sri
Somaskanda College with total dedication and commitment. Even the Old
Boys Association (Colombo branch) is rendering yeoman service for the
improvement of this college.
In fact, this college started the ‘Isuru school programme’ in 2010
according to Mahinda Chinthana programme and Northern Province Governor
G A Chandrasiri laid the foundation stone to the new buildings which
include office of the Principal, deputy principal, staffroom, labs for
A-L General Science, Agriculture and Home Economics, Library, water
tanks etc. Besides the college has published an annual publication
Puttur Sri Somaskanda College has provided quality education over the
years. This is testified by the fact that among its notable alumni are
many builders of modern Sri Lanka and also those who continue to play
leading roles in different walks of life in the country and also beyond
Undoubtedly, the flame of wisdom and brilliance imparted to students
at Puttur Sri Somaskanda College will permeate one’s very being and make
one shine to dispel the gloom of poverty and ignorance.
As such, let us remember with gratitude the founder of this
prestigious college late Malavarayar Kandiah and his family members and
also the commitment of the past and present Principals and teachers who
have elevated this college to pristine position in the island and given
her fame, name, glory and global dimension.