I am very happy to send this message as we are launching the official website of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo. I consider it an honour to be the President of the Alumni Association, as the Alumni Association is very special to me, having had a very long association with it and holding diverse positions in it over the past eleven years.
The main objectives of the Association are to promote close relations between the University and its Alumni, promote the interest of the Alumni in the affairs of the University, ensure that programmes are initiated and developed for the benefit of the Alumni and the University, and to assist the University in its development and pursuit of academic excellence.
We are looking forward to the Annual General Meeting scheduled for 25th June 2015. We will soon thereafter plan our activities for the coming year with these objectives in mind.
It is a known fact that it is vital for any Association to raise funds to carry out and support its various projects. Many of you from experience would know this is no easy task. The Alumni Association is also continuously faced with this challenging task and we will have to make every effort to accomplish this.
As you may know, the Association was the brain-child of the late Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera who envisaged obtaining the co-operation and participation of the Alumni to look after the welfare of the University students, particularly the students who come from distant villages to live in the big city. The interaction of the Association with students, he thought, was necessary to prevent these students from straying from education, due to external pressures, and becoming tools of agitation of outsiders who use them for their own personal gains.
He also saw the need for the formalization of an Alumni body officially recognised by the University as in other leading foreign Universities in the world to bring together the Alumni of the University of Colombo under one umbrella for the benefit the Alumni and the University, and that is how the Association was formed 33 years ago. In order to ensure the cooperation between the University and the Association, the Vice Chancellor was made an Ex-Officio Vice President of the Association and successive Vice Chancellors have held this position and participated at Executive Committee Meetings on a regular basis.
One of the important tasks that we set out for ourselves during the next year is to significantly increase the Association membership. We hope we will be successful in achieving this. A problem that we are faced with is maintaining regular communication with our membership regarding the Association activities. Due to the cost of postage, we are unable to inform you by letter, of each and every project. However, with the launch of this website I trust we will overcome this difficulty in the future.
Finally, let me conclude by thanking all of you for your support and we look forward to the continued support and active involvement of the entire membership to carry out our activities in the coming year.
LL.B (Hons.) Colombo, FCMA (UK), CGMA