Whereas a school called and known as Anula Vidyalaya, has heretofore been established at Nugegoda for the purpose of education :

And whereas the purpose and object of the said Anula Vidyalaya would be more effectually prosecuted and attained by the constitution and incorporation of a board of governors empowered to own, control, manage and transact all the affairs of the said Anula Vidyalaya and of any branches thereof and of any other schools such board may deem it advisable to establish :

Be it therefore enacted by the Governor of Ceylon with the advice and consent of the State Council thereof as follows : –

Ordinance Nos,
2 of 1944
[19th February
, 1944
Short title.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Anula Vidyalaya Board of Governors Ordinance.

Incorporation of Anula Vidyalaya Board of Governors.


(1) There shall be established a board (hereinafter referred to as ” the board”) the members of which for the time being shall be and are hereby constituted a body politic and incorporate with the name of ” Anula Vidyalaya Board of Governors “.

(2) The board shall in the said name and for the purposes herein mentioned have perpetual succession, and shall by the said name sue and be sued, plead and be pleaded, answer and be answered in all courts and shall have and use a common seal with power to break, alter and renew the same at its discretion.

Composition of the board.


(1) The board shall consist of –

(a) three life-members, and

(b) seven other members, elected in accordance with the rules made under this Ordinance.

(2) No person other than a Buddhist shall be entitled to be a member of the board.

(3) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (1) contained, the first members of the board shall be the following : –

Life-members: Mrs. N. Fernando, Dr. B. P. Fernando, Dr. E. W. Adikaram.

Other members :

(1) Dr. E. A. Blok.

(2) T. U. de Silva, Esq.

(3) P. de S. Kularatne, Esq.

(4) Dr. G. P. Malalasekera.

(5) D. W. Rupesinghe, Esq.

(6) N. E. Weerasooria, Esq.

(7) Dr. O. H. de A. Wijesekera.

Power to make rules.

4. It shall be lawful for the board from time to time at any meeting specially called for that purpose and by a majority of the members present and voting to make such rules not inconsistent with this Ordinance, as it may deem expedient for all or any of the following purposes : –

(a) the election of life-members and other members of the board, and the terms of office of members of the board other than life-members ;

(b) the custody of the seal of the board;

(c) the procedure to be followed in the transaction of business ;

(d) the conduct of the duties of the board and of the various officers and servants of the board , and

(e) the management of the affairs of the board and the accomplishment of its objects.

The board may hold property, movable and immovable.

5. The board shall at all times hereafter be able and capable in law to acquire either by purchase, exchange, gift, devise or bequest or in any other manner, and to hold and enjoy in perpetuity or for any lesser term, subject to any express trust or otherwise for the benefit of the said Anula Vidyalaya and of its branches and of any other schools such board may deem it advisable to establish any property movable or immovable of any nature or kind whatsoever.

Power of board to deal with property and to make investments.

6. The board may erect or cause to be erected any building on any land vested in or acquired or held by it, and may also from time to time sell, grant, convey, demise, assign, exchange and dispose of or mortgage any property for the time being vested in the board. The board may invest any funds vested in the board in any securities authorized as a trustee investment by the law of England or of India or of Ceylon or upon any mortgage of movable or immovable property in Ceylon.

How the seal of the board is to be affixed.

7. The seal of the board shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except in the presence of the chairman and one other member of the board who shall sign their names to the instrument in token of their presence, and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness.

General powers of the board.

8. It shall be lawful for the board in all cases not provided for in this Ordinance to act in such a manner as appears to it best calculated to promote the welfare of the said Anula Vidyalaya and of any branches thereof and of any other schools such board may deem it advisable to establish.

Saving as to the rights of Her Majesty and others.

9. Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall , prejudice or affect the rights of Her Majesty the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors, or of any body politic or corporate or of any other person, except such as are mentioned in this Ordinance and those claiming by, from, or under them.