Royal College Old Hostellers Association (ROCOHA) consists of past students who have been the boarders at the hostel of Royal College Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. It is governed by a committee appointed at the annual general meeting in line with its constitution.

Purpose Statement

ROCOHA is committed to strengthen the camaraderie among its global network and thereby support to develop its members as well as groom globally competent all round hostel students who can make our motherland proud.

Association History

ROCOHA Founder : Mr. Channa Ranasinghe

A glimpse to the past by the founder...

When Dharmasiri Subasinghe and Rushan Sumanaweera gave the idea to form a past hostellers' association I worked on it.

I spent a sleepless night deciding on the name of the organisation. With lots of thinking and difficulty, I took both 'R' and 'O' from the word Royal and came up with the name ROCOHA.

I took the constitution of ORAC (Old Royalists' Athletic Club) and modified it to suit ROCOHA. We invited the oldest living hosteller at that time Mr. Arthur Subasinghe to be the President of the newly formed organisation. Then he was a member of the Hostel Advisory Committee, where I was a member too.

We had the first meeting in the hostel dining hall in 1994. About 35 past hostellers attended the inaugural meeting. We then decided to form the association and also to open a bank account.

That's how ROCOHA was formed. I have been honoured twice by ROCOHA for my founding efforts. I take this opportunity to thank the present ROCOHA Committee for recording the history and launching the website.

Channa Ranasinghe, QSM.
Founder and Honorary Secretary - ROCOHA, .
Past President - United Sri Lanka Association in New Zealand.

Wellington
New Zealand
5 September 2021

How the thought emerged...

Every great thing has a humble beginning! Below are the words of Rushan Sumanaweera of 1983 A/L batch…

“It all began one sunny afternoon, after Priyantha & Lakshika’s (Ranaweera’s) homecoming took place at his beautiful home in Matale. Dharmasiri Subasinghe, Thusitha Jayasinghe, Mahesh Weerarathne, Jaliya Senadheera, my wife Pubudu & I decided to go for a walk. Hence, we went to Watagoda to revisit the haunts we used to frequent when we came here to spend our holidays with Priyantha as young boys. The date may have been March or April 1994. We used to spend many fun-filled days here, climbing the mountains of Wiltshire, bathing in the streams, etc., 

After the sumptuous lunch we had at the homecoming, we wandered along the golden paddy fields, a cool breeze fanning our cheeks and sat at a rock in the middle of it. The sound of water gushing down a beautiful waterfall nearby made us talk about our escapades in the past, when we were hostellers of Royal College. It was in this peaceful environment that this great idea of forming the Old Hostellers Association germinated. As we had no pen or paper with us, we stepped into a nearby “Petti Kade” borrowed a pen and paper and drafted a letter to the Warden of the College Hostel, requesting a meeting to form the Association.

After which, we had a cup of plain tea with jaggery and returned with the letter in our hands. Then it was ‘Sube’, with the assistance of Channa Ranasinghe (“Kotiya”), who organized the 1st meeting, which was held at the hostel dining hall on 12th August 1995.

This was the infamous beginning of Old Hostellers Association (ROCOHA) which has grown into a well-established outfit today.”

Royal College Old Hostel

Past Presidents

Late Mr. Arthur Saint Valentine Subasinghe

Late Mr. Arthur Saint Valentine Subasinghe

1994 - 1996

Late Mr. S. Sivarasa

Late Mr. S. Sivarasa

1996 - 1998

Mr. Dil Warnakulasooriya

Mr. Dil Warnakulasooriya

1998 - 2000

Mr. Nalin G. Pathikirikorale

Mr. Nalin G. Pathikirikorale

2000-2003 & 2004-2007

Mr. M. Hiran A. S. Perera

Mr. M. Hiran A. S. Perera

2003-2004 and 2017-2020

Gp Capt Nishantha Sugunapala

Gp Capt Nishantha Sugunapala

2007-2010

Mr. Sanjaya Wijesinghe

Mr. Sanjaya Wijesinghe

2010 - 2014

Mr. M. I. M. Riffa

Mr. M. I. M. Riffa

2014 - 2017

Past Wardens

The men who groomed us...

Mr. Ernest Amarasekara

Mr. Ernest Amarasekara

1970 - 1973

Mr. H. Nanayakkara

Mr. H. Nanayakkara

1973 - 1981

Mr. Jayasinghe

Mr. C. De. S. Jayasinghe

1981 - 1984

Mr. G.W. Liyanage

Mr. G. W. Liyanage

1984 - 1986

Mr. R.L. Senanayake

Mr. R.L. Senanayake

1986 - 1997

Capt. M. N. Dharmarathne

Capt. M. N. Dharmaratne

1998

Mr. K. H. Amaradasa

Mr. K. H. Amaradasa

1998 - 2004

Mr. K. M. Aruna De Silva

Mr. K. M. Aruna De Silva

2004-2016

Mr. Chullatissa Danuddara

Mr. Chullatissa Danuddara

2016 - 2021

Account Details

Account  : 003010116072

Name       : Royal College Old Hostelers Association

Bank         : Hatton National Bank (7083)

Branch     : Head Office Branch (003)

Auditors

V.Ariyaratnam & Co - Chartered Accountants

No. 14/3A, Suvisuddharama Road,

Colombo 09