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Jaffna College

Jaffna College
யாழ்ப்பாணக் கல்லூரி
Vaddukoddai, Jaffna District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
School type Private 1AB
Religious affiliation(s) Christianity
Denomination Anglicanism
Founded 1871
School district Valikaamam Education Zone
Authority Church of South India
School number 1011032
Principal Mr. David S. Solomon(Principal)
Gender Mixed
Language Tamil, English
School roll 1,998

Jaffna College (JC) is a private school in Vaddukoddai, Sri Lanka.[1] It was founded in 1871 as a successor to the Batticotta Seminary which had been established by American missionaries.


  • History 1
  • Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Inter-Cultural Studies 2
  • Big Match 3
  • Alumni 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


E. P. Hastings, the last principal of Batticotta Seminary and the first principal of Jaffna College[2] [3]

In 1816 American missionaries founded the American Ceylon Mission in Jaffna. The ACM established missions in other parts of the Jaffna peninsula including one in Vaddukoddai. The ACM established numerous schools on the peninsula, the first school being the Common Free School (Union College) in Tellippalai. In 1823 the Batticotta Seminary was established in Vaddukoddai to educate the brightest boys on the peninsula. The seminary was intended to convert the boys to Christianity but most boys retained their Hindu faith. As a consequence the seminary was closed around 1855.

Alumni of the Batticotta Seminary and other local Christians led a campaign to re-open the seminary and in 1871 Jaffna College was opened on the former seminary site.

Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Inter-Cultural Studies

The Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Inter-Cultural Studies is located in Jaffna and established in the memory of Evelyn Wijeyaratne Rutnam, the late wife of late Dr. James T. Rutnam.[4] Dr. Rutnam had a huge collection of books and research articles by his contacts and collection from university dons. researchers, leading legal figures and businessmen. There are learned personnel always visited him for consultation and made use of his library.[4] Later on Dr. Rutnam has given his collection of books to Jaffna College in Vaddukoddai and established a building in Jaffna to store books for research purposes.[4] It was named the Evelyn Rutnam Institute and remains under the American Missionaries as a testimony to James Rutnam's love of research and learning, and encouragement to young students.[4]

Big Match

JC play St. Patrick's College, Jaffna in an annual cricket match known as the Battle of the Golds.[5] The first match took place in 1917.[6]


See also


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  2. ^ Root, Helen I. Century in Ceylon The American Board in Ceylon. Asian Educational Services. p. 52.  
  3. ^ Martyn, John H. (1923). Notes on Jaffna.  
  4. ^ a b c d "James T. Rutnam - a versatile servant". The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ Fernando, Reemus (23 February 2012). "Formidable St. Patrick’s meet unpredictable Jaffna College".  
  6. ^ "Cricket: St. Patrick’s bat first against Jaffna College".  
  7. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 4-5.
  8. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 10.
  9. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 12.
  10. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 13-14.
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  13. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 23.
  14. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 34-35.
  15. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 40.
  16. ^ "Mr. Speaker plays a vital role".  
  17. ^ "A. Gnanathasan takes Silk as President’s Counsel".  
  18. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 57-58.
  19. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 58.
  20. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 61.
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  25. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 67-68.
  26. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 77.
  27. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 87.
  28. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 87-88.
  29. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 88.
  30. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 98-99.
  31. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 111-112.
  32. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 120-121.
  33. ^ Kanagaratnam, V.; Rajagopal, S.; Pushparatnam, P. et al., eds. (2004). பத்மம் (Professor S. Pathmanathan Felicitation Volume) 2004. Bavani Pathippakam. 
  34. ^ பேராசிரியர் விநாசித்தம்பி செல்வநாயகம் தமிழியல் ஆய்வு விருது: Professor S. Pathmanathan - A Profile. Professor V. Chelvanayakam Trust. 2008. 
  35. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 136.
  36. ^ "Sri Lanka Moor Family Genealogy: CASSIM, Muhammad - Family #206". Rootsweb. 
  37. ^ Sameer, Fazli (2009). Muslim Personalities in Sri Lanka,then and now. p. 199. 
  38. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 160.
  39. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 163.
  40. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 170.
  41. ^ Arumugam 1997, pp. 196-197.
  42. ^ "Veteran journalist Sivanayagam passes away".  
  43. ^ Ratnapragasam, S. (22 December 2010). "S. Sivanayagam — The Journalist".  
  44. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 201.
  45. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 211.
  46. ^ Sachi Sri Kantha (10 August 2006). "Random Thoughts on K. Thurairatnam The Point Pedro Federalist". Ilankai Tamil Sangam. 
  47. ^ Arumugam 1997, p. 237.
  48. ^ "ommunal interaction vital for nation building - H. C. Judge, Jaffna".  


  • Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. 

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