A religious and cultural unit started with the inception of the Saradapitha in 1941. This is the Central Unit of Saradapitha where Spiritual discourses, Singing of Bhajans, Ramanama Sankirtan are held regularly for the Devotees. Scriptural Classes for Monastic members are also held regularly. Lectures on Religion and culture are periodically delivered by the Monks at various places within and outside the State. The Holy Mother Sri Sri Sarada Devi, a living incarnate of Devi Saraswati, is worshiped in the Shrine as a Presiding Deity. Sri Sri Jagaddhatri Puja is performed everyyear in a befitting manner. About 20000 participant devotees partake Prasada in the noon. Besides Bhabanuragi Sammelan is organized every year and this year it was held in the month of November ‘2011, where interactions between the Monks and the Devotees are held in a befitting manner. Youth conventions were organized in 30 numbers of Schools and Colleges during 2011-2012. A considerable amount is spent every year for conducting welfare activities i.e. Educational Aids, Scholarships and Stipends, Distribution of Educational Kits, Puja Garments and Woolen garments for Poor Students in the adjacent area. The unit is maintaining a Dairy also to cater the needs of milk of inmates and others.
Publication Cum Production & Cottage Industry
This unit is engaged in preaching the spiritual and moral ideals of Sri Ramakrishna – Vivekananda through publication of literature and production of audio cassettes, video cassettes, audio and video Cds, photographs and various items. The C.I.section produce incense sticks made from herbal dients. Books with a total number of 5 Titles were published during 2011-12. On the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda an audio CD of songs and an Animation Picture (VCD) on the stories told by Swamiji has been produced. The various items produced by this department as well as the literatures published by the Ramakrishna Mission are sold at a reasonable price through its two Show Rooms.
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION SHILPAVIDYALAYA(Industrial Training Centre)
P.O. Belur Math, Dist. Howrah – 711 202
Brief Report of Ramakrishna Mission Shilpavidyalaya
The Ramakrishna Mission Shilpavidyalaya, an Industrial Training Centre, established in 1921, is the first of its kind in the technical field, giving shape to educational ideas of Swami Vivekananda.
At present this Institute gives vocational training in the following trades to under privileged students of
rural and urban areas (Total-177), who have passed the secondary examination and are unable to proceed further.
A) 4 N.C.V.T. (National Council for Vocational Training, Govt, of India, New Delhi.) affiliated courses of 2 years duration :-
1. Draughtsman (Civil) with Auto CAD
2. Draughtsman (Mech.) with Auto CAD
4. Electronics Mechanic
1. Plumbing & Sanitation cum Electrician.
2. Electrical Equipment Repairing & Maintenance
3. Electronics Equipment Repairing & Maintenance
C) Computer Hardware & Maintenance course of 6 months duration
Apart from this daily Prayer & Spiritual classes are held in our Prayer Hall. Annual cultural competitions such as Speech, Essay, Recitation & Quiz etc. on the lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Deva, Sri Ma Sarada Devi & Swami Vivekananda, Vishwakarma Puja, Saraswati Puja and other cultural programs are held every year. A wall magazine “ABHF is also published periodically by the students of different trades.
Annual Football, Cricket & Volley Ball tournament and also Annual Sports among the students are held. At the Annual Prize distribution ceremoney, held every year, prizes are awarded to the students for theirAcademic excellence and the above co-curricular activities.
Technical Scholarship & Stipend are provided every year to some poor but meritorious students. After passing out most of our students are engaged with jobs in different industries or further training or studies.
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION SHILPAYATANA
P.O. BELURMATH. DIST. HOWRAH 711282
Swami Vivckananda foresaw that India’s progress depended on the all-round improvement of the masses, especially in rural India. Ramakrishna Mission Shilpayatana, a government sponsored Industrial Training Centre (TTC), was started in 1963 in the vicinity of Bclur Math to impart technical education to our youth for being employable in industry. Most of its students are from rural areas of Hooghly, Howrah and Midnapur districts.
The institution runs four m trade courses, viz. Electrician, Fitter, Turner, all of two year duration, and Welder(Gas & Electric). which is of one year duration, under the Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS) of Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T), Ministry of Labour, Government of India. The courses are affiliated to die National Council for Vocational Training, New Delhi. Admissions are made in the months May-June of every year. On completion of the course, most students get Apprenticeship under the Apprentices Act, 1961, in industries where they earn the National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) at the completion of one year. 72 students were trained in 2011-12.
Two short term courses in Electrical Sector following the Modular Employable Skills (MES) courses under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) of Government of India with NCVT certification are also conducted. 8 students were trained in this year.
Two 10+2 Vocational courses are also conducted, viz. (1) Maintenance and Repair of Electrical Domestic Appliances (MRED), and (2) Computer Assembly and Maintenance (CAAM), affiliated to the West Bengal State Council for Vocational Education and Training (WBSCVE&T), a statutory body under the West Bengal State Council of Vocational Education and Training Act, 2005. This course is intended to introduce vocational education for students who later wish to pursue a career in the technical line. Students who pass out also have opportunities for higher studies in Polytechnics and graduation in Major/Pass courses. 87 students were enrolled in these courses in the year 2011-12.
Apart from course curriculum, a few factory visits are conducted for the ITI students. Students also take part in extra curricular activities like sports (cricket, football and volleyball), Annual Social Function including drama and publication of the institute’s yearly magazine Shilpayatana Patrika, in Vishwakarma and Saraswati Pujas of the institute, as volunteers on special occasions in Belur Math like the Tithi Pujas of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sri Maa Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, and also as participants in the Prabhat Ferry organized on these occassions. All these help to develop a disciplined and all-rounded personality in the students within the span of their training in this vicinity of Belur Math.
“We need technical education and all else that will develop industries, so that men instead of seeking for service may earn enough to provide for themselves and save against a rainy day.”
– Swami Vivekananda
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION SHILPAMANDIRA
Swami Vivekananda after visit to US A & Europe had given great importance to Technical education & wanted to start a Technical Institute first at the Belur Math. Swami Vimuktananda, Founder Secretary, Saradapitha envisioned Govt sponsored Engineering School which was converted to a Polytechnic offering Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Diploma to young men of Bengal since 1954. After passing through difficult times in the turbulent history of Bengal, in 2007 it became a Self financing Polytechnic with intake of 220 students, in Civil Engg (60), Mechanical Engg (60). Electrical Engg (40) and Electronics Telecom Engg (60) located in a 6’/2 acres property with 8600 sq.m. carpet area. It has well equipped Workshops, Labs, Drawing Halls, Library (20000 books), Learning Resource Centre and other facilities.
It has a track record of 100% campus interviews and students standing toppers in every diploma exam in every department held by West Bengal State Council for Technical Education (WBSCTE) and is approved by All India Council of Technical Education, New Delhi. Its rigorous Personality Development training of every student with prayers, meditation, readings from Swamiji, Presentations, Competitions, Mock Interviews, Seminars, Industry visits, Vacational training, Study tours, Aptitude tests, Games etc. has fetched itself acclaim in public and industries.Swamiji wanted common Indian to be skilled like in western countries so as to make him/her self employed. Under the aegis of Shilpamandira at its other one acre property near Tattwamandira a Community Polytechnic scheme of the Govt, of India started in 1989 with activities like skill training, technology transfer, technical services to villages with a number of extension centres. In 2007 it was converted to Community Training Centre (CTC) presently giving hands on training in 8 trades like welding, machining, auto repair, AC repair etc. for about 600 trainees a year. All courses are accredited by West Bengal State Council for Technical Education (WBSCTE).
In tune with times and with 2 computers, 1 printer a self financed Computer Centre (CC) started its journey in 1993 under Community Polytechnic and presently it has 200 computers & other facilities offering one man one machine state-of-the-art training in 14 courses, accredited by WBSCTE for over 1400 trainees a year.Both CTC & CC projects of Shilpamandira conduct corporate training for Industries & Govt, agencies.
RAMAKR1SHNA MISSION. JANASIKSHAMANDIRA
Introduction: As a unit of Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Janasikshamandira is mainly engaged in multidimensional developmental work on Education, Health, Income generation Programme etc. for the backward class people of 7districts of West Bengal i.e. Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur.
At present 71 village-level organizations are associated with our activities, A brief account of the activities for the year 2011 -12 is given below:
1. Non-formal education center:
Objective: To educate the illiterate or drop out students of age group 9 to 14 years aiming at getting them admitted in class-v formal school.
a. Free Coaching Center:
b. Adult education center: (For Women Fully belong to SC community)
2. Vocational Training:
b. Two wheeler
d. Repairing of electrical & electronic equipment including cell phone
e. Basic computer operation
f. Vivek Bahini (Youth leadership training along with Bratachari, P.T., Parade etc.)
3. Library service:
4. Health Service:
a. Charitable Dispensary (Allopathic):
b. Eye care service:
6. Sanitary mart:
7. General welfare work:
a. Dolling of rice
b. Medical help
c. Educational help
d. Educational Kit distribution to the children
RAMAKRISHNAMISSION SAMAJ SEVAK SIKSHAN MANDIR
Belur Math, Howrah
Ramakrishna Mission Samaj Sevak Sikshan Mandir an unit of Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, a branch centre of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah, was established in the year 1986 as a residential training centre of rural youth.
Mission & Vision:
The Institute was established with the vision of Swami Vivekananda to train a band of young men through a course – a combination of oriental spirituality with occidental science and technology. The vision engulfs self-employment through entrepreneurship venture in the field of agriculture, industry, trade and commerce rather than running after job opportunities elsewhere.
It enshrines a goal to impart free residential training on social work with appropriate rural technology primarily on agriculture and allied activities and enventually to emerge as a vocational training centre for self-employment and rural development.
In the year 2007-08 this Institute entered into a tie-up arrangement with United Bank of India and NABARD to act a RUDSETI (Rural Development & Self-employment Training Institute) type institute for conducting various training programmes under Joint venture of three organizations on equal cost sharing basis.
Under the new arrangement the residential core training programme of 10 months’ duration of the institute has been renamed as ‘REDP’ (Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme). Alongside a number of non¬residential “Skill Development Initiative” (SDI) off-campus training programmes extending vocational training facilities to unemployed youth in rural areas has also been introduced.
Spectrum of Training Courses under REDP
Training courses includes both in-house training and field placement. Subject specific disciplines, interalia, include Agri-Horticulture practices, Poultry farming, Duck rearing, Pisciculture, Ornamental Fish Cultivation, Animal Husbandry & Animal Health Care, Apiculture, Aviculture, Mushroom cultivation & Spawn culture, Vermi-culture & Vermi-composting, Food Processing, Basic Computer Training etc. along with Environment & Sanitation, Primary Health Care, Agriculture Extension. Entrepreneurship Development, Social Studies and Organisation Building. For practical training & wider exposure the trainees visit the centres of excellence (field placement) for respective activities for a week or couple of weeks.
The Managing Committee aided by a Project Monitoring Committee, consisting of the representatives of NABARD, UBI, Line Depts. of Govt, of West Bengal and Monks of Ramakrishna Mission, governs its micro-level activities and give their valuable suggestions in its day-to-day functioning.
The Dept. of Agriculture, Govt, of West Bengal has recognized this institute as a resource centre for training of farmers at large.
Ministry of Rural Development, Govt, of India vis-a-vis National Advisory
grading “A” amongst all RUDSETIS in the country for the year 2011 -12
Post Training Support:
The ex-trainees visit the institute as and when necessary to seek advices of the institute’s faculties regarding various issues encountered by then in their ventures. Reciprocally resource persons of the institute pay occasional visit to their respective villages to address their needs.
Necessary arrangements for financial assistance by wat of loan from its own ‘Self Employment Fund’ created for the purpose and linkage with bank for project oriented funding have been made.
Resultantly, hundreds of ex-trainees themselves are not only financially established, in turn a large number of employment provisions for local youths have been created in their venture.
Financial Literacy & Credit Counselling Centre (FLCC):
Pursuant to directives of Reserve Bank of India/NABARD, a FLCC has been set up by UBI within the premises of the institute to facilitate propagation of information and knowledge relating to various financial service products of banks for the benefit of general mass and the trainees of the institute in particular.
Institute’s pride-Faculty strength:
The Institute is proud of his faculties/Resource Persons emanating from Council for RUDSETI has awarded “Certificate of Excellence” to the Institutel various disciplines including streams-Agri./Horticulture, Veterinary/Animal Science, Pisciculture, Aviculture, Apiculture, EDP etc.
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION SIKSHANAMANDIRA
The Ramakrishna Mission Sikshanamandira, Belur Math was founded in 1958 by Srimat Swami Vimuktanandaji Maharaj (one of the architects for actualizing the educational vision as was envisaged by Swami Vivekananda), as a Residential Teachers’ Training College for male students sponsored by the Govt, of West Bengal and affiliated to the University of Calcutta. The College was recognized by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and was upgraded to a College of Teacher Education (CTE) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt, of India and at present it is one of the four CTEs in West Bengal. It was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the yeai 2007 with an ‘A’ grade, and ii has been upgraded into a posl graduate College by the National Council for Teachei Education (NCTE) and on the recommendations of the University Grant! Commission, the University of Calcutta has recently conferred the status of an Autonomous College in favour of this Institution. Apart from the regular courses thi institution organizes every year in-service training programmes for schoo teachers and national and international level seminars, workshops etc. Th( institution regularly publishes various proceedings, books and a couple of journals of international standard.
Vision: To actualize Swami Vivekananda’s educational idea of imparting of life-building, man-making and character-building education through a balanced combination of secular and spiritual training.
Mission: To train teachers who will harmonize professional competence with high idealism and seek to implement the educational vision of Swami Vivekananda in a practical manner.
Location: Sikshanamandira is situated in the midst of a peaceful and beautiful campus in the proximity of the sacred precincts of Belur Math, Howrah – 711 202, West Bengal.
Courses: B.Ed., M.Ed., M.Phil., Ph. D. and Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance & Counselling
RAMAKRISHNA MISSION VIDYAMANDIRA
With a view to giving shape to Swami Vivekananda’s ideal of service (Shiva Jnane Jiba Seva) in the field of higher education, the authorities of the Ramakrishna Mission started the Vidyamandira as an Intermediate Arts College in 1941. The very name ‘Vidyamandira’ was given by Swami Vivekananda back in 1898 who had envisioned such an institution modelled on the ancient Indian ‘Gurukula’ system. Swami Vimuktanandaji and Swami Tejasanandaji Maharaj were the first Secretary and the first Principal, respectively, of this premier institute of higher learning. A fully residential institution for boys, the college was upgraded to a three-year degree collge with effect from July 1960. The higher secondary section was added in September 1978 and later on discontinued as per the West Bengal state government policy. In February 2005,the college was awarded A+ grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with an institutional score of 93.25%. Post graduate teaching was introduced subsequently from the academic session 2006-07. In 2010, the University Grants Commission conferred the status of’Autonomy’ to the institution for a period of six years. In 2010 again, the institution was selected by the UGC as a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) and a number of projects undertaken from funds obtained thereby.
The College is offering three-year B.A. and B.Sc. Honours courses in a otal of 13 subjects. The College is now offering two-year postgraduate courses Mathematics, Sanskrit, Bengali and Applied Chemistry. All these courses, as ith the undergraduate ones, are conducted in the semester format and ixaminations held at the end of six months.
The College library has a very rich collection of books. The students may borrow books against their lending cards and retain them for a certain period of time. Besides this, books are also lent to the students on a long-term basis, so that they can retain a number of textbooks for the whole duration of the course. Well-equipped Computer Laboratories have been set up in the College with UGC and state assistance.
In addition to academic education, co-curricular activities form an important aspect of student training in Vidyamandira. This blend of academic and non-academic activities helps in the [harmonious development of head, hand and heart. Vidyamandira has rich facilities for sports and games as well as athletics. It has a large playground and a ell-equipped multigym. A separate it of the senior N.C.C (Army) and .S.S (National Service Scheme) is nctioning in Vidyamandira. A college agazine named ‘Vidyamanira Patrika’ is published annually with the active volvement of the students. The ollege organizes a number of national and international level seminars on various topics every year. A large number of students, teachers and research scholars from different institutions attend these seminars. Financia assistance in the form of monthly stipends is provided every year to needy and meritorious students on a merit-cum means basis. The college also has a large and active Alumni Association. Recognized as one of the premier college under University of Calcutta, RKMV is firmly committed to its ideal o providing a character-building and man-making education.