Sri Dharmaloka celebrates 74 years
Aloko Udapadi - that is the motto of Sri Dharmaloka College, Kelaniya,
which means the 'dawn of light.' The college has enlightened many
students during a period of 74 years.
Vidyalankara Priven Principal Ven Lunupokune Sri Dhammananda,
Yakkaduwe Sri Pannarama Theras and Sir D B Jayatilleke felt the
requirement of a new Buddhist school during the colonial period.
Therefore they established the school on October 2, 1938. It was
named Ven Ratmalane Sri Dharmaloka Thera. Sir D B Jayatilleke could be
considered the founder of the school.
Its first principal was B A Kuruppu. Veteran journalist D B Dhanapala
also served as principal of the school.
The school now stands on a land donated by late President J R
Jayewardene's wife Eliena Jayawaradene.
About 4600 students currently study at the college. The staff
comprises 165 teachers and the non-academic staff includes 30 members.
The college has produced excellent results over the years. A newly
introduced sport to the college was hockey. Dharmaloka students had
achieved many triumphs since the introduction.
The present principal of Dharmaloka College, Nimal Jayaweera, has
taken painful efforts to bring the school to what it stands now.
He played a pivotal role in erecting the three-storied building
equipped with all necessary facilities. He is a pride to his
predecessors: H M Gunasekara, D A M Weerasinghe, J G Fonseka, A C B M
Moneragala, P D Banneheka, D T Thevarapperuma, L V B Jayasinghe and K C
P S Wijegunaratne.
Before R Premadasa became the country's president, the college was of
two separate sections: Sri Dharmaloka Junior College and Sri Dharmaloka
Central College. The then Education Ministry Secretary R I T Alles took
necessary action to make Dharmaloka College a national school under the
Premadasa presidency. During its history of 74 years, Dharmaloka College
had produced doctors, engineers, scientists and many other scholars.