Centenary of Sri Lanka School of Agriculture
Sri Lanka issued a new stamp to commemorate the Centenary of Sri Lanka School of Agriculture in the denomination of Rs. 10.00 on 16th January, 2016. Sri Lanka School of Agriculture is the first ever institution established for scientific Agriculture education in Sri Lanka. This was founded in 15th of January 1916 at Royal Botanical Gardens Peradeniya.
Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister Hon: D.S. Senanayake was a student of this pioneer batch. Sri Lanka School of Agriculture – Kundasale was established in 1958 & followed by Angunukolapelessa & Pelewehera schools in 1981. Now there are 5 Agriculture schools all together with Vavuniya & Karapincha schools.
Wilson Hegoda served as the Head of the Photographic Division of the Crime Reporting Division (the Technical Division of the then Criminal Investigations Division). On 18.04.1935 he formed the Colombo Young Poets’ Society (AganuwaraTharunaKaviSamajaya), on 04.02.1950 the Sri Lanka National Photographic Club and on 05.08.1973 Sri Lanka PrabhaLekhana Society and Sri Lanka Female Photographers’ Club. In 1961 he commenced the publication of the magazine “Camera” and taught photography free of charge to school children through the Children’s Club. He continued with this noble task until he was confined to bed in 1978 with illness. Since 1935 to 1978 he enriched the knowledge of children by teaching Abidhamma to the students of MaitreyaDhamma School. In 1959 he initiated an exhibition of photographs and hand writings of poets and writers. It has gone into history as the first of its kind in the world.
He was presented with the prestigious FEPIC award by Evident Photographic International Council in 1973 and he was the first and the only from entire Asia to be honoured with that award. In the same year, Mr Hegoda was honoured with the award of ESFIAP by the world famous photographic organization, Federation International de Art Photographic and at that time there were only eight recipients of that award in the world. Mr Hegoda was the only person from Asia to be presented with that award.
Date of Issue-11 January 2016