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Student Christian Movement
Sri Lanka (SCM SL)


Since 1955 SCM of Sri Lanka adapted its own constitution and programs and became autonomous. It was very active in high schools and colleges and universities which contributed and ecumenical leadership. Due to various factors including ethnic conflict this movement became weak.

The SCMs in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Bangladesh and Myanmar have common origin. Members from academic community, theological and church leaders from undivided India and Ceylon come together to start Student Christian Association of India and Ceylon in 1912 in Serampore, West Bengal. Though Myanmar (Burma) was joined in the movement in 1920, due to political changes towards separate nationhood in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar formed their own autonomous movements.



The Student Christian Movement of Sri Lanka is an Inter denominational student body [Roman Catholic and Protestant] made up of schools and University students from all over Colombo, Hatton, Jaffna, Moratuwa, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. We are also involved with the universities across Sri Lanka and the Theological colleges.

SCM Sri Lanka website
SCM Sri Lanka facebook page

In our Units we mainly work with the vision of guiding and strengthening Christian students to live the way Christ lived here on earth taking their Christian responsibilities seriously. We make them aware of issues that affect us all as children of God and lead them to be sensitive and to take action in this regard. These aims are achieved through seminars, Bible studies, exposure programmes, social service projects, and other projects of this nature, which are held once a month in the units, and other national level programmes held annually.


To lead the members:

  1. To accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and saviour and come into the membership of the Church;
  2. To accept Christian faith in God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—according to the Holy Scriptures and to accept these scriptures, as the standard of Christian faith and practice;
  3. To study the Scriptures and deepen their Spiritual lives;
  4. To strive as members of their particular denominational tradition for the extension, unity and renewal of the Church throughout the World;
  5. To accept their share of praying and working for the establishment of justice and Peace, and for obedience to the will of God; placing special emphasis on the responsibility that students have for life in the college and the University.


The Basis of the movement shall be the word of God, as revealed in the Bible, affirmed by Churches in their worship and creeds, and witnessed to us by the Holy Spirit.




SCM Sri Lanka
PO Box 381
Colombo 1
Sri Lanka

E-mail: scmsl[at]
Website:; Facebook page


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Country Sri Lanka
Capital name: Colombo
geographic coordinates:
6 56 N, 79 51 E
time difference:
UTC+5.5 (10.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative capital)
Population 21,324,791
since the outbreak of hostilities between the government and armed Tamil separatists in the mid-1980s, several hundred thousand Tamil civilians have fled the island and more than 200,000 Tamils have sought refuge in the West (July 2009 est.)
GMT +6
Location Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India
Area total: 65,610 sq km
64,740 sq km
870 sq km
Ethnic groups Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Religions Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
Languages Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8% note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken competently by about 10% of the population
Government type republic
National holiday Independence Day, 4 February (1948)
Constitution adopted 16 August 1978, certified 31 August 1978; amended 20 December 2000
Legal system a highly complex mixture of English common law, Roman-Dutch, Kandyan, and Jaffna Tamil law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Internet country code .lk


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