The log was designed by Dr. Dinidu Kaluarachchi in 2011 as a third year medical student.
The logo of CoMSAA has been designed to contain a mix of medical, symbolical and Sri Lankan heritage elements. Customs and beliefs give a society a common identity. We hope this logo will give us this identity and strength to achieve our objectives.
Snake: The serpent and the staff appear to have been separate symbols that were combined at some point in the development of the Asclepian cult. The significance of the serpent has many interpretations: sometimes the shedding of skin and renewal is emphasized as symbolizing rejuvenation. The serpent is a symbol that unites and expresses the dual nature of the work of the physician, who deals with life and death, sickness and health. The ambiguity of the serpent as a symbol, and the contradictions it is thought to represent, reflect the ambiguity of the use of drugs, which can help or harm.
Moonstone: The Moonstone is said to have originated in India. After the 13th Century, towards the end of the Anuradhapura period, the shape of the Moonstone changed to a semi-circle, and began to be filled with heavy carvings. Starting from the outermost semi-circular panel, it gives each a special meaning, which has become a widely accepted interpretation of the Moonstone. The arc with a flower petal motif (palapethi) represents the fires of a worldly existence. The arc of undulating scrolls of leaves and flowers (liyavela) represents natural desires or craving. The arc containing a second liyavela motif represents the heavenly worlds. But it can only be appreciated in person, where stepping on a Moonstone is the first step in a journey of discovery.
Oil lamp: The traditional oil lamp is lit at all important occasions in Sri Lanka to symbolize light of knowledge, learning, hope and success.
Olive leaves: The leafy branches of the olive tree, the olive leaf as a symbol of abundance, glory and peace, were used to crown the victors of friendly games and bloody wars. As emblems of benediction and purification, they were also ritually offered to powerful figures
Circle of figures: The unbroken circle of figures giving it strength with the holding of hands is what CoMSAA needs from alumni to help it to go ahead with its ambitious plans to make a useful contribution to its alma mater
Compiled by Professor A.H. Sheriffdeen