1958/59 Sci­ence, En­gi­neer­ing & Agri­cul­tural batches of the Univer­sity of Cey­lon

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From North, South, East & West,

The then Cey­lon’s Schools’ best,

En­tered a batch of stu­dents to the por­tals of the

One and only Cey­lon Univer­sity,

To be en­rolled to fol­low cour­ses in its Sci­ence En­gi­neer­ing & Agri­cul­tural fac­ul­ties,

The type of rag­ging that pre­vailed caused them

Much anx­i­ety,

Thus gen­er­at­ing among them a spirit of ca­ma­raderie, Which has lasted a pe­riod of 60 earth years. Tra­di­tion­ally known as the Di­a­mond-ju­bilee year.

The rag that caused them much dread,

To the K-G Hall they were led,

Poll-taxed and sub­jected to a bom­bard­ment of toma­toes and rot­ten eggs,

That pro­vided the se­niors as well as the fresh­ers much en­ter­tain­ment.

An event of last­ing mem­ory,

Was the lec­ture by Basil Mendis “On the flat earth the­ory” At the re­quest of the Sci­ence Stu­dents’ Union.

That caused the As­tronomer Dou­glas Amarasekara much vex­a­tion.

An­other mem­o­rable ven­ture was

The at­tempt by the En­gi­neer­ing and Sci­ence stu­dents to launch a rocket to go be­yond the strato­sphere Which was a com­plete fail­ure, caus­ing th­ese am­a­ture rock­etists to run

Hel­ter-skel­ter for cover.

The univer­sity’s am­bi­ence

Was not only con­duc­tive to achieve aca­demic ex­cel­lence, And it was also an arena where cupid with his bow and ar­row had his say,

Thus caus­ing joy to some and sor­row to oth­ers,

Af­ter be­ing lec­tured and nur­tured by many a pro­fes­sor of In­tel­lec­tual stature

And grad­u­at­ing en­tered the world’s stage,

To en­gage in many a mul­ti­far­i­ous ven­ture,

Some reach­ing great heights whilst on the world’s stage. They meet to cel­e­brate this unique mile­stone event To pro­pose a toast – for a ca­ma­raderie 10 years short of the bib­li­cal age,

With a drink that Cheers!

Even with walk­ing aids due to ad­vanc­ing years.

1958/59 Sci­ence, En­gi­neer­ing & Agri­cul­ture batches of the Univer­sity of Cey­lon had their 60th GoldenJubelle get to­gether at the Reg­i­men­tal Of­fi­cers Mess of the Sri Lanka Mil­i­tary of­fi­cers on 9th Sept 2018

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