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Youth who serve the nation can look back with pride in future President
Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12.00 GMT

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that a child who is proud of the history of his nation could look back with pride in future if he serves the nation in the present. Addressing a function to mark the 175th anniversary of Royal College, Colombo today (July 15), he said that the Royal College has produced many outstanding people who brought honor to Sri Lanka and they had spent their student days too productively. Hence, the students of Royal College, who are provided with best of facilities for meaningful education should make best use of them, he said.

Pointing out that the Royal College is one of the leading schools in the country, President Rajapaksa exhorted the students to make maximum use of the available resources and added, “only then would you become a real Royalist”.

“Many Buddhist leaders such as Anagarika Dharmapala, E W Pereira, Sir James Peiris and Tamil leaders Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan and Ponnambalam Arunachalam, a President, Prime Ministers and Opposition Leaders and also foreign dignitaries like former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom are products of Royal College,” President said. “You must study hard and be real Royalists by living up to the high tradition set by your predecessors”.

President Rajapaksa said that the Royal College is making the best use of information technology. “We do not want to be a generation of robots by the use of computers. We must make the computer a slave of ours while we preserve our traditional values and ethics and love for our country,” he said.

He urged the students to be the leaders in the national endeavour to make Sri Lanka a hub of knowledge and a Wonder of Asia. “We must use the computer not only to gain knowledge but also to disseminate knowledge about our values, Theravada Buddhism, Ayurveda, Indigenous medicine, indigenous industries, our history and our folk art,” he said.

Ministers Bandula Gunawardane, Dinesh Gunawardena, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem and Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga were also present at this occasion. Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekara handed over a memento to President Rajapaksa and the Post Master General presented a special stamp and a First day Cover issued on this occasion.



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