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.
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:
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.
geographic coordinates: 6 56 N, 79 51 E
time difference: UTC+5.5 (10.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
note: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative capital)
note: 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.)
|Location||Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India|
|Area||total: 65,610 sq km
land: 64,740 sq km
water: 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|
|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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