Achievements of Nalanda College

Nalanda Students Find a Cure for Leukemia from Green Tea

A student from Nalanda College Colombo has found a new method to cure Leukemia also known as blood cancer. Research has been successful. The Report is handed over to Minister Maithripala Sirisena.
The student is Rakitha Malewana. International mini Nobel Laureate Rakitha Malewana is pursuing studies at Nalanda College Colombo in Grade 13. Rakitha Malewana has succeeded in the research he carried out via Nano technology using the main active composite in tea leaves and controlling the spread of cancer cells. He had found that it is possible to use the chemical Catechins in Green Tea as a treatment for Leukemia.
The first stage of the test had been carried out with the mediation of the Health Ministry.
Rakitha Malewana said that he proposed a research in respect of Leukemia with the use of Nano technology. Tea is known to everyone. He developed a chemical in tea with the help of Nano technology and found it was possible to control the spread of leukemia cells. This was done by using cells from leukemia patients. He said that it was only the first stage of this process which has become successful. A colossal sum has to be spent on such a research. He made special mention of the Health Ministry which supported him in this work and it was the Medical Research Institute in Colombo which mediated in this process.
His medical research carried out by using Nano technology has been named as the best medial research performed in Sri Lanka in 2014. It was presented to Minister Maithripala Sirisena today. Nalanda College Principal Ranjith Jayasundera said that this student is pursuing studies in the Biology stream. He has set a good example to other students.
His mother Upeksha Abeysekara said that the child displayed a keen enthusiasm in innovations since he was 12 years of age. He had been engaged in many research activities and also won prizes locally as well as internationally.

Nalanda College win Herman Loos Trophy 2013

The passing out parade of Herman Loos/De Soyza Trophy Camp – 2013 was held at the National Cadet Corps Training Centre, Rantembe under the patronage of Prime Minister D M Jayaratne and National Cadet Corps (NCC) Director Major General Gamini Jayasundara recently.


The Herman Loose and De Soyza Competition is the culmination of cadet training in Sri Lanka. Champions and runners-up of 21 Battalions throughout the country competed for the coveted Hermann Loose Trophy. It is considered a great honour for schools as well as the Battalion to win the precious trophy after a well contested competition.

Nalanda college senior cadet platoon - Army cadet & Dharmaraja College Cadet Platoon won the Herman Loose Trophy as the Best Cadet Platoon of Sri Lanka, being awarded as the President's Cadet Platoon -2013 at National training center of National Cadet Corps, Rantambe.

Congratulations Brothers!


Daily News - Nalanda, Dharmaraja win Herman Loose Trophy

1st Place in the world in Thinkquest Application Development Competition


The four fellow members of the Computer Society of Nalanda College had been able to conquer the first place of the world out of 52 countries and 27, 210 schools, in the ThinkQuest Application Development Competition organized by the ORACLE Education Foundation of U.S.A.

Winners :-

  • Isuru Kusumal Rajapakse
  • Sakuntha Devaka Gunarathna
  • Umesh Prabushitha Jayasingha
  • Viraj Madusanka Kodithuwakku 

Coach :-

  • Mr. Upali Jayantha Karawita

Over 33,000 participants from 52 countries tested their skills on a global stage in the largest ThinkQuest International Competition to date. The global competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), challenges students to solve a real problem using their critical thinking, communication and technology skills.Participants presented solutions using a variety of technologies, including online applications and games, websites, photo essays, online blogs and journals, animations, and videos.Prizes for the winners include laptop computers, school grants, and a trip to ThinkQuest Live, the inspirational awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Upali Karawita coached the award-winning team. ‘Hope’ was awarded first place in the Application Development event, 19 and under age division. The entry addressed how to rebuild a village after war by developing an educational game where players must earn money by farming and mining to repair damaged public facilities. Six local students Azeez, Umar, Jazeel, Fazal, Aakil, and Rehman Abubakar of Amal International Schools, created an entry called ‘End child labour.’ Mohammed Fazlaan coached the award-winning team.’End child labour’ was awarded second place in the Digital Media event, 19 and under age division. 

“The Oracle Education Foundation is pleased to recognize all ThinkQuest International Competition participants for their outstanding achievements,” said Oracle Corporate Citizenship, Vice President Brad Saffer. “These students identified real-world problems and accepted the challenge to solve them through innovative, thought provoking solutions. Throughout the process, these students developed skills that will position them for success in the classroom and workplace,” he said. 

“The ThinkQuest International Competition 2011 has opened so many new opportunities to the Sri Lankan School Community, our students and teachers,” said Education Ministry Education for Knowledge Society Project Additional Secretary and Project Director Anura Dissanayake. “Through global competitions like ThinkQuest, our teachers and students are empowered with new knowledge and international experience that will take their ICT Education to the next level,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate the winners of the ThinkQuest International Competition from Sri Lanka. It’s a pleasure to see these students being recognized for their hard work in creating projects that address key social issues,” said Oracle South Asia Growth Economies.

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