The latest constituent to join the Royal College Union in assisting the many endeavors carried out by the Royal alumni ranks is the Infrastructure Management and Advisory Committee. With effect from August 28, 2013, this committee chaired by Mr Pradeep Welarathe will look over the maintenance of the many precious buildings and infrastructure designs that adorn the premises of Royal College. As their inaugural project, the committee has taken over the Refurbishment of Navarangahala. A jewel among the national theaters in Sri Lanka, the open air theater was exclusively built in line with Natya Shastra between the years of 1966 and 1969 to house local drama. Later in 1977, Royal College was awarded full governance of this public theater which had hosted countless plays in the ensuing years. Sadly today, time and regular usage have taken its toll on this fine structure which now calls for due renovation. The first stage of renovation which include the refurbishment of the seating, washrooms, batik artwork, air-conditioning the dressing rooms, and constructing additional washrooms will cost an approximate value of Five million Rupees. The refurbishment process has been underway since September 1. The following pictures depict the Navarangahala, at its present state of disintergration, soon to be brought back to its former glory.
A significant renovation project was undertaken by RC Group of ’88 2014/2015 committee and handed over to the school authorities in October this year. The RC main office room that was in need of repairs was upgraded to a modern office space by the group at a cost of approximately Rs 1.4 million. The office is now fully functional with brand new filing cabinets, light fittings, fans and networking facilities. The funds for this project were collected through two fundraisers, the first being a ‘Sing-a-long’ held last year and another held last month. Many generous well-wishers and group members, especially group members residing in Australia, contributed to make this project a success. The office space was ceremonially opened on 21st October 2015 in the presence of the Principal and administrative staff. Principal Upali Gunasekara expressed his appreciation for this timely endeavour and commended the efforts of the group. On marking the biggest project handled over by the group of 88’ since leaving school, President Rinesh Fernandopulle praised all his batch mates who came forward to make this project a success.