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“Together We Should Rise to Help Children” - Secretary Defence
[2012-02-25 18:20:40]

“I hope that people who have connections to Jaffna and others will help promote education in Jaffna” said Hon. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa attending a meeting at Thelippalai in Jaffna on Friday (24) afternoon. Hon. Secretary was the Chief Guest at the ceremony organized to declare open the new three-storied “Ampalavanar Kandiah” Memorial Block at Thelippalai Mahajana College.

Addressing the large gathering present, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa reminded that this fabulous construction shows us our capacity to do massive work when we get together. He further said the occasion will mark a proud moment and a memorable day in his life. Hon. Secretary appreciated the commitment of all soldiers involved in this project. He stressed that all these were possible due to generosity extended by Mr. Ken Balendra who provided necessary funds to construct this building.

Prior to addressing the meeting Secretary Defence accompanied by distinguished guests declared open the new building on invitation of Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe.

The new state-of-the-art building consisting of 16 classrooms, two office rooms, an aesthetic section, two pavilions and two well-equipped bathrooms was donated by Deshamanya Ken Balaendra on a concept of Hon. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa in view of promoting school education in Jaffna.

Deshamanya Ken Balendra profusely thanked the Commander SF-J and the Army for creating a majestic construction which he never dreamt to see at the time of handing over the financial provisions to Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Soldiers of the 5th Corps of Engineer Services (5 CES) assisted by other soldiers serving under the SF-J toiled day and night to see the construction commenced on 7th March 2011 be completed within 11 months. Total estimate of the construction was Rs. 24 million. However, soldiers’ untiring labour and prevention of unnecessary waste could complete the project within a budget of Rs. 22.9 million. These expenses also include many other peripheral engineer, masonry and carpentry work.

J / Thelippalai Mahajana College founded by Mr. Thuraiyappa Pillai, a philanthropist and the first principal of the school celebrated its centenary in 2010. Functioning of the College was compelled to cease in the usual venue as the terrorist activities intensified in the area and from 1990 to 1999 the classes were conducted at Alaveddy, Pandithirippu and Marathanamadam areas. During its proud history spanning over 102 years, Mahajana College has produced great scholars, eminent professional and illustrious citizens to the country.

Presently, 68 teachers are imparting knowledge to 1533 students at this reputed school.

School authorities presented special mementos to the Chief Guest, Deshamanya Ken Balendra, Commander SF-J, Commander 515 Brigade Brig. Buvaneka Randeniya and Commanding Officer 5 CES Lieutenant Colonel Thushara Silava in appreciation of their invaluable service to the school.

Former principal of the school Mrs. S. Ananthasayanam delivered the welcome speech and incumbent principal Mr. K. Velasivanathan delivered the vote of thanks.

Hindu, Buddhist and Catholic Clergies, President Seva Vanitha Branch of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, Opposition Leader of the Colombo Municipal Council and former Cabinet Minister Mr. Milinada Moragoda, Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral Ravi Wijegunarathne and a large crowd were present on the occasion.

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