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Default S. Thomas' College inaugurates new commerce block in memory of late Deshamanya A.Y.S

Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 12:30:02 +0530
Subject: FW: S. Thomas' College inaugurates new commerce block in
memory of late Deshamanya Gnanam

S. Thomas' College inaugurates new commerce block in memory of late
Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam

On 5 May, the ninety-second birthday of the late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam,
S. Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia scribed the famed industrialist's legend
into stone; commemorating his legacy with the opening of their new commerce
The commerce block, aptly named after one of Sri Lanka's most beloved
entrepreneurs and philanthropists was donated to the college by the sons of
the late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam, and the trustees of the Gnanam
Foundation; Arul, Rajaseelan and Jeyaseelan Gnanam.
The three brothers, all of whom are old boys of S. Thomas' College, have
expanded their father's legacy, most notably as the leadership of Anton PVC,
Tokyo Cement and Rhino Roofing, respectively.

The commerce block was declared open by the Bishop of Colombo, His Lordship
the Rt. Reverend Dhiloraj Canagasabey at an event attended by students,
teachers, the college's Board of Governors, distinguished alumni and the
trustees of the Gnanam Foundation.
The stunning 19,000 square foot building (consisting of 11 spacious
classrooms and three faculty facilities) was designed by another S. Thomas'
alumni; architect Deshamanya Ashley De Vos, who magnanimously volunteered
his time and talents to the design and oversight of S. Thomas' College new
quadrangle initiative. The architecture of the commerce block pays fitting
homage to the aesthetic of the campus, embodying a history of which
stretches over 160 years. The complex was built within a year and will act
as a cornerstone to the expansion of the quadrangle initiative; intent on
increasing classroom capacity for the ever-growing student body.
In his eloquent address, S. Thomas' College Warden, Dr. Indra De Soysa,
spoke to the importance of expansion of facilities as a must to offer the
student body a richer selection of subjects, especially in the arts and
humanities, stating: "There is little doubt in my mind that this building,
which will be a constant reminder to us of the great life and deeds of
Samuel Gnanam will inspire the lives of the boys who take up their studies
here, so that this new commerce block is not just extra space but the
beginning of something extraordinary in terms achievement."
Rajaseelan Gnanam illustrated the life and struggles of his father whose own
education was cut short at the tender age of nine, but would have treasured
the opportunity to have formally studied commerce himself: "A.Y.S. Gnanam
had no formal education himself but was keen to give us the best, this is
why he sent us to the best school in the country, personally dropping us off
on our first days. He would be proudest today by this gesture where in a
small way we are able to return and - by God's ample provision - show our
gratitude to our school and commemorate Appa's life."

From: Arul S G Gnanam <g_gnanam@slt.lk>
Date: Sat, May 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Subject: Tks

Dear Sunil;
Thank you for yr sentiments expressed. My brothers and I felt that their was a real need for these Classrooms as student population has risen, but infrastructure remained the same.
We wanted it a quite event, the Organizers were requested to make it a quiet event. Anyway, some of our Freshmen of 59 were their.
Thank you once again, meet you in Aug when Sriyan finally organizes his get together!. (We seem to be getting only Obituary Notices!)
Warm Regards
Arul Gnanam

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