Hindu College, Colombo - Temple of learning - Part
Services and sacrifices made by founder fathers
Continued from February 16
Vadamaradchy Operations (Military Action) in the Northern Jaffna in
1987 resulted in a number of families moving from Jaffna to Colombo.
Hindu Citizens’ Committee under the leadership of Justice V.
Manickavasagar was formed in Colombo.
Hindu College became the centre of activities of the Hindu Citizens’
Committee and helped displaced students from Jaffna. Thus the College
continued to play a leading not merely as a school but a leading
institution for the community. Thus it went beyond the dreams of the
Rajalingam was transferred to the Examination Department on August
31, 1990. V. Sundaramoorthy who was then the Vice-Principal acted as the
Principal from October 21, 1990. Thereafter, S. Sri Rajasingham served
as the principal for a short period from October 22,1990 to June
Since 1988, the HES, (the Founder Society), the All Ceylon Hindu
Congress, the SDS and the Federation of School Development Societies in
Tamil schools in W. P. and also M. S. Sellasamy who represented Colombo
electorate in the Parliament requested the Government to declare Hindu
College as a National School.
Fortieth anniversary for our family
However, it was R.M. Pulendran who ultimately had the school declared
as a National School with effect from September 11, 1991.
I wish to place on record that R. M. Pulendran was taking a keen
interest in the welfare of the school ever since she assumed office a
speaking on behalf of the SDS I had the pleasure of commending her in
the presence of her leader, the President, that although she was not
blessed with a son she was the Mother for all the boys at Hindu College.
On February 12, 1991 the fortieth anniversary was celebrated starting
with special Poojas at Shri Viththaga Vinayagar Kovil in the school.
Fourty well-wishers of the school lit the traditional oil lamp and
the well wishers were hosted to a dinner also at Saraswathie Hall.
I had the privilege of addressing the Fortieth Anniversary Prize
Giving at which President R. Premadasa was the chief guest. Having
traced the history of the school and the sacrifices made by many to
develop the school I told the President “It is indeed a great
satisfaction for us - the Family of Hindu College - that this school has
achieved the objectives for which the founder fathers established this
school. Your Excellency, I said - ‘the Family of Hindu College’. Yes, as
part of that family I take pride in telling Your Excellency and other
distinguished guests that it is that spirit in which we live and develop
I quoted what Lord Krishna said in Bagavat Gita: “Knowledge, object
of Knowledge and the knower are the three factors that motivate action:
The senses the worker and the doer are the three constituents of
I thereafter appealed to the President for another block of three-storeyed
building. The chief guest readily responded and said that State
Education Minister who was earlier described by me, as the Mother for
the children of this school would do the needful. Next day the President
made the order and that is how we have a President’s Block now.
Subsequently with the commencement of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations,
Minister A. H. M. Fowzie also responded in the same manner with another
block of three-storeyed buildings.
We had many benefactors who came to our rescue whenever we were in
need of financial and other material support.
To mention a few among them, the Trustees of Shri Manicka Vinayagar
Kovil who leased the front portion of the school land to the Founder
Society, Shri Palaniappa Chettiar and his Co-trustees of the old Shri
Kathiresan Kovil who gave the land (for the back side of the school) the
late K. Gunaratnam, the late A. Subramaniam, the late T. Neethirajah, V.
Balasubramaniam of N. A. Vaithialingam & Co., V. Balasubramaniam of Coba
Mills and M. Thavayogarajah.
Giving life to the dreams of the Dreamers students of the college
have been given ample opportunities in their religious and cultural
Establishment of the Kovil in 1988 went a long way to influence the
religious way of life of the students.
Various cultural societies and teachers have been helpful in
assisting students in various cultural activities which have taken them
to the height of even winning National awards.
This is a unique advantage the children at this College had when
compared with those who have to study in the other schools.
The present Principal took over the reins of Hindu College on July
I will be failing in my duty if I do not expressly acknowledge the
dynamic leadership given by the present Principal, T. Muthukumaraswamy.
He has an excellent style of management of delegating responsibilities
to his staff and coordinating and supervising the same.
Hindu College has earned a good name and reputation largely due to
his management skills. Furthermore, his honesty and integrity deserves
to be specially mentioned. Those qualities have enabled him to prove to
be really an efficient principal. Hindu College is fortunate to have him
to lead it.
Let us remember with gratitude the great services and sacrifices made
by the founder fathers and our predecessors who have held various
offices in the staff, the PTA, the SDS, the SDB, and the OBA and pay
homage to all those who are no more with us in the Golden Jubilee year
but whose spirit will always bless the College.
I wish to conclude with quoting the Mission of the Hindu College
formulated under the leadership of the present Principal:-
The mission of the school is to guide the students in the light of
National Educational policies, preserving Tamil as well as Saiva
traditions and values, to make them competent, creative, knowledgeable
and disciplined citizens in order to face future challenges.
The writer is Secretary, Hindu Educational Society