Colombo Law Faculty’s 1969 batch celebrates golden jubilee
Posted on December 26th, 2019

Senaka Weeraratna

The Batch that entered the Faculty of Law, University of Ceylon, Colombo Campus, in 1969 commemorated 50 years of friendship and solidarity with light – hearted speeches, singing and musical interludes at the Marino Beach Hotel, Colombo 3, on December 14, 2019.

They came from various parts of the world for the function. Former teachers mingled with former students in a spirit of camaraderie and fellowship. Many took the opportunity to walk down memory lane and recall the days gone by with nostalgia.

Dr. Anil Vitarana, in his welcoming speech laid stress on the teaching imparted at the Law Faculty reminding everyone that ‘we are what we are ‘ mainly because of the education received therein. Now we must take steps to ensure that we give something back to the Law Faculty in return, out of gratitude and appreciation, he added.

Emeritus Professor (Dr.) M. Sornarajah, who had taught for nearly thirty years at the University of Singapore, recalled his days at the Colombo Law Faculty with fervor and paid tributes to some excellent teachers that are no more such as the pioneering Dean of the Law Faculty, Professor T. Nadaraja, Dr. C.F. Amerasinghe, Dr. Mark Cooray and Dr. Ranjit Amerasinghe (later a Judge of the Supreme Court), among others.

Dr. Palitha Kohona, former Ambassador to the UN, said that this was a stellar batch which had achieved tremendous success not only in Sri Lanka but around the world. Some had even been honoured by the Governments of the adopted country. We should celebrate their successes and achievements, he added.

Mr. Ikram Mohammed, P.C., said that the Law Faculty had grown from a small two room building in his time in the late 1960s to a very large complex with hundreds of students following a range of exciting and interesting subjects including electives, and the duration of studies for the L.LB. degree had been increased from three to four years. We should welcome these changes for the better, he stressed.

Both Dr. Srilal Perera and Ms. Dhammika Amukotuwa nee Dandeniya, in their speeches laid emphasis on the need for the Law Alumni to interact with the current Staff of the Colombo Law Faculty with a view to extending help in whatever way possible including funding scholarships to assist poor students and making arrangements for both lecturers and students to continue further studies in reputed Universities overseas.

Mr. Senaka Weeraratna, a former President of the Law Faculty Students’ Union, said that this was a special occasion for all those who had entered the Law Faculty in 1969 as fifty years have elapsed since then. He thanked all those who had contributed in some ways towards organizing this re-union of both batchmates and former lecturers, and said that a very special thank was due to Ms. Chandana Jayaweera Bandara for her commitment and dedication in almost singularly organizing an elaborate and memorable event.  

Photo Standing left to right:  Dr.Srilal Perera, Tiru Vallal, Ms. Nelun Tennekoon (nee Ramanayake), Ms. Jezima Haseeb (nee Mihlar),  Ms. Dhammika Amukotuwa (nee Dandeniya), Maithri Panagoda, Ms. Tara Wickramanayake (nee David), Ms. Indra Peiris (nee Fernando), Ms. Vasi Aruliah (nee Rajasingham) , Dr. Anil Vitarana
Photo Seated left to right:   Ifthikar Hassim, E.L. Basnayake, Desmond Jordan, Paul Ratnayake, Professor (Dr.) M. Sornarajah, Professor (Dr.) G.L. Peiris, Ikram Mohammed, Dr. Hiran Jayewardene, Senaka Weeraratna, Ms. Chandana Jayaweera Bandara (nee Rajapakse), Ms. Shirin Cabral. 
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