Nalanda Guru Pranama Pin Bima
Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development participated as chief guest at the Foundation Stone Laying ceremony to Nalanda Guru Pranama Pin Bima housing scheme in Kaduwela, Bomiriya on Thursday 8th December, 2011.
Old Nalandians’ Buddhist Association (ONBA) has finalized plans to embark on a meaningful Project by introducing a blessed landscape for veneration of retired teachers worldwide who have devoted their precious lives for the wellbeing of students at Nalanda College, a symbol of education for the revival of Buddhist ideals in Sri Lanka.
To realization of this declared objective, a valuable ancestral land of 2 ½ Acres, situated in an idyllic environment, at Ihala Bomiriya, Kaduwela, has been graciously donated by retired teacher Mrs. Indrani Rodrigo Munasinghe, who rendered over 40 years of service to Nalanda College.
For the benefit of retired teachers, 8 Dual Apartments, a Meditation Centre, Meeting Hall, a Chaitya and Bodhi Tree, a Medical Centre and a Sports Complex are planned to be constructed. Each apartment will have a Visiting Room, Kitchen, Washroom and Toilet and it will be provided with appropriate furniture and other household items.
In addition, Residential Visitors’ Rooms with all facilities will be constructed to accommodate visiting relatives locally and from abroad to provide warmth, care and good fellowship for retired teachers.
Venerable Kuppiyawatte Bodhananda Thero, with the assistance of ONBA, has organized this project in such a manner that present students and teachers are encouraged to perform their duties, daily rites and rituals towards the retired teachers on a continuous basis.
Hon. Bandula Gunawardhana, Minister of Education, Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Petroleum Industries and Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, Member of Parliament, also participated at this occasion.