The Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha is a branch center of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission Belur Math. Swami Vivekananda visioned the south plot near the Belur Math to be a center of learning where grammar , philosophy , science and literature will be taught . He praised and blessed it . Saradapitha was established in the year 1941 situated at the closest proximity to the Headquarters of Belur Math and runs several Educational Institutions with the object to spread education on the line best suited to our country in keeping with the ideas and ideals of the great Swami Vivekananda, with emphasis on Vocational, Technical and non-formal education to rural people. Through Educational Institutions the Saradapitha is engaged in the service of around four thousand students. Also Saradapitha renders service to the general public and also to a few hundred families in the rural areas of Hooghly, Howrah, Burdwan and 24-Parganas (South) through its various units.
P.O. – Belur Math, Dist. – Howrah
State: West Bengal, India
Pin: 711 202
Telephone: (033) 2654-9181 / 9632 / 1115 / 3484
Fax: (033) 2654-1123
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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.