E. A. Nugawela

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Hon. Major
E. A. Nugawela
First Cabinet of Ceylon.jpg
E. A. Nugawela in the first Cabinet of Ministers of Ceylon
Minister of Education and Health
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Kadugannawa
In office
Personal details
Nationality Ceylonese
Political party United National Party
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo

E. A. Nugawela (21 September 1898 – 5 July 1972) was a Sri Lankan politician.


He was the first Cabinet Minister of Education in independent Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) (1947–1954), later Cabinet Minister of Health (1954–1956), a Member of Parliament and State Council.[1] He is noted for educational reforms and increasing the number of state schools during his tenure, continuing the work started by Dr C.W.W. Kannangara.[2] Educated at Royal College, Colombo, he served as a reservist officer in the Ceylon Light Infantry.


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