History and Background

Another old club in Royal College, the English Literary Association has its beginnings in 1896 as one of the first co-curricular activities initiated within the college. Fondly named the “E.L.A”, this club has since its inception, gone on to uplift the English literary standards within the student population of Royal College. In the recent past, the E.L.A has gone on to revive projects such as the Vijitha Weerasignhe Memorial Trophy which has gone onto become a prominent debating tournament within the debating circuit of Colombo. Also, new avenues have been discovered such as the “Model United Nations” which has become an important event in the club’s agenda.

Vision and Mission

The vision of the club is to instill, uphold and enhance the English literary skills within the student population of Royal College and give the necessary skills and confidence needed to use English as an effective tool in conveying ones ideas.

The club also has a few missions up its sleeve, a few of which are:

  • To develop skills required to facilitate the advancement and progress of English   literature and the language as a whole.
  • To inculcate the skills which will allow the present Royalists to advance in their chosen field through the proper use and knowledge of the English language.
  • To bring about a generation of eloquent speakers with the confidence to speak in public. 
  • To showcase the interesting aspects that are available through the sphere of literature.


Chairman – Mindula Suriyabandara

Secretary – Devin Cooray

Treasurer – Sachith Gamage