Azhar Central College is a Muslim school established in 1907 in Akurana in the Kandy District of Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is a government-funded[2] school based on national secondary education system of the Curriculum of Ministry of Education (Sri Lanka). The school is one of the leading Muslim educational institutions in Sri Lanka, with a student population of more than 3,000. Azhar Central College has classes starting from grade 1 to Advanced level classes in both English and Tamil medium. Azhar Central College celebrated its centenary in the year 2007 with grand festivities.

Azhar Central College

7th Milepost


Coordinates7°22′24″N 80°37′11″E / 7.3733°N 80.6197°E / 7.3733; 80.6197
School typeGovernment Funding
MottoKnowledge is Bliss
Established17 May 1907
School districtKandy
PrincipalT S Rukiya
Grades6 to 13
Age6 to 19
Number of pupils3,000+
Education systemNational Secondary Education Curriculum of
Ministry of Education (Sri Lanka)
LanguageEnglish and Tamil[1]
Colour(s)Maroon, Yellow and Blue    
Sports Cricket2, Basketball2
MascotThe Crescent
NewspaperAzhar News
Former pupilsOld Azharians

Azhar is the only Muslim school in the country to play national level basketball and has clinched the national title.[3] The Azhar-Madeenian big match is played every year between Azhar Central College and Madeena Central College - Madawela and is the only big cricket big match played between two Muslim schools.[4]

History Edit

School chronology Edit

  • 1907 Establishment of the school at the 7th mile post in Akurana
  • 17 May 2007 Centenary year celebration of the school

Old Azharians Edit

The Old Azharians Union (OAU) Edit

The College Old Boys Association (OBA) was officially transformed to the Old Azharians Union (OAU) on 14 April 2002.

The Junior Azharians Union (JAU) Edit

The history of Junior Azharians Union (JAU) can be traced back to the beginning of millennium-year 2000, when a group of senior students of the college realised the need of a stronger gathering of students and as well as the past students in the development of the school.

References Edit

  1. ^ "Schools Having Bilingual Education Programme Province - Central" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ "The annual school census" (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  3. ^ The Sri Lanka Basketball Federation
  4. ^ "The Battle of Double Maroons". The Nation (Newspaper). Retrieved 15 February 2013.

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