Tribute to Late Mr K Mahendranathan
Tribute to Late Mr K Mahendranathan
A Gifted and Dedicated Old Boy of Jaffna Central College, who Preserved JCC’S Integrity and its Position as a Leading College in Sri Lanka
It is with deep grief that all the Centralites received the news of the demise of Mr Mahendranathan (Mahen), who dedicated his life to the welfare and progress of our Alma Mater. He always focused on preserving JCC’s position as a leading school in Sri Lanka.
Mahen was motivated by his elder brother the late Dr.Ragunathan, to enrol at JCC in the mid sixties. He enjoyed watching cricket and was a JCC cricket fan even before joining the college. He knew well most of the JCC cricket captains and players who had represented JCC since the mid sixties. He remembered his past teachers Mr Sivaveerasingham and Mr Rajasenan and passionately talked about them.
After completing his studies at JCC he joined the Railways in Sri Lanka and worked in Colombo. However, his passion for cricket continued and he made time to watch JCC playing against St Johns College, a game popularly known as the ‘Battle of the North’. In 1986 he assumed duty as the Station Master of the Jaffna Railway Station. This new position in Jaffna suited him well as it allowed him to help the JCC in its welfare activities. In 1990 he was elected as the secretary of the Centralites Sports Club, Jaffna At this time he was responsible for renovating the JCC play ground which was badly affected by the conflict. This made it possible to play the Big Match after several years. In 1992 he returned to Colombo but continued to serve JCC on several activities. He was instrumental in reorganising the Colombo branch of the JCC OBA in 1993 as it had been defunct since 1983.
Mahen’s interest in our college always kept on flourishing. He was instrumental in organizing the inaugural Central Nite in Jaffna through the Jaffna Branch of the JCC OBA. This was a tremendous success and it paved the way for establishing the ‘Students In Need Project (SIN)’ to support our students. In recognition of Mahen’s talent the UK branch of the OB&GA requested him to serve the SIN Committee and he obliged to support this prestigious project. His contributions and dedicated efforts on the the SIN project earned him a position as Secretary of the Students In Need Committee of the Jaffna branch of the JCC OBA. In recognition of his contributions to JCC he was honoured by the JCC OBA, UK in 2012
Mahen never cut himself off from the Central environment. His interests in sports earned him a position as secretary of the Jaffna Central College Pavilion and Ground Development Society (JCCPGDS). His contributions as secretary of the JCCPGDS and executing some of the critical tasks were well recognised and appreciated by all the Centralites and Teachers. Above all he guided the JCC Bicentenary Committee in successfully organising various ceremonial events. Mahen has also supported the committee in collecting, collating and compiling various articles from the past students for the Bicentenial Souvenir of JCC. Sadly, Centralites are going to miss him on the historic occassion of launching the Bicentenial souvenir on 1st of August 2017.
We are grateful for his contributions to JCC. He remains a shining beacon in the minds and hearts of all the Centralites, and his legacy will be remembered by his friends, Centralites and JCC staff.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time of grief.. Words can't describe the terribly sad news. May God give light and peace to his family
Prof R K Guganesharajah and Mr V Shivakumaran (Past President of JCCOBA, UK)