Awards and Honours

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission have won a number of prestigious awards in the last few decades for their dedicated service to humanity.

SPECIAL AWARDS TO THE ORGANIZATION AS A WHOLE


Gupta Award - 1992

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Gupta Foundation, Andhra Pradesh, presented the Gupta Award to the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission for their dedication to service of mankind.


G. D. Birla International Award 1992

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Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, honoured the Ramakrishna Mission with G. D. Birla International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Humanism. Dr Syed Nurul Hasan, Governor of West Bengal, handed the award, carrying a citation and a sum of five lakh rupees, to Swami Ranganathananda ji in a function held in Kolkata on 20 April 1992.


Gandhi Peace Prize – 1998

The Government of India conferred the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize on the Ramakrishna Mission for exemplifying the Gandhian spirit of selfless service and active social action and promoting communal harmony by preaching and practising harmony of religions.

Dr KR Narayanan, the President of India, presented the award to Swami Ranganathananda ji, the 13th President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, in an impressive function held at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata, on 13 February 1999.  The award consisted of a citation, a plaque and a sum of one crore rupees.


Honourable Mention of UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize – 2002

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  awarded an Honourable Mention of the UNESCO–Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-violence to the Ramakrishna Mission for its unrelenting efforts to promote the principles of tolerance and non-violence in assisting disadvantaged groups.


National Communal Harmony Award – 2006

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National Foundation for Communal Harmony (an autonomous organization with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India) conferred National Communal Harmony Award on the Ramakrishna Mission in recognition of its outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony and national integration.  Swami Smaranananda ji, the General Secretary, received the award, consisting of a citation and a sum of five lakh rupees, from the President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, at a function held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on 1 May 2006. 


M Jalaluddin Rumi International Award – 2006

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Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission were conferred M Jalaluddin Rumi International Award for Universal Peace, Tolerance and Harmony by Interfaith Harmony Foundation of India, Delhi.


Maharaja Agrasen Rashtriya Samman – 2010

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Maharaja Agrasen Rashtriya Samman – 2010

Swaraj Sansthan Sanchalanalaya, Ministry of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh, conferred Maharaja Agrasen Rashtriya Samman on the Ramakrishna Mission in recognition of its outstanding service activities and its efforts to achieve fraternity and equality in society.  Swami Prabhananda ji, the General Secretary, received the award comprising a citation and a sum of two lakh rupees at a ceremony held in Bhopal on 8 October 2010.


Official Relationship with UNESCO – 2014

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  established an official cooperation relationship with the Ramakrishna Mission.  Ms Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, stated in her letter of intimation dated 30 December 2014 that “The work and activities of the Mission are consistent with UNESCO’s mandate and activities, particularly in the areas of intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, and a culture of peace and non-violence.”

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Swachhch Bharat Ambassador – 2015

In an event held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 10 September 2015, the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, honoured the Ramakrishna Mission for its contribution and commitment to the Clean India Campaign.


Banga Bibhushan Award – 2015

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Banga Bibhushan Award – 2015

The Government of West Bengal presented Banga Bibhushan Award to the Ramakrishna Mission in recognition of its service to the betterment of society.  Sri Keshari Nath Tripathi, the Governor of West Bengal, and Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, handed the award, comprising a memento, a sum of two lakh rupees and a shawl, to Swami Prabhananda ji, Vice-President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, in a function held in Kolkata on 20 May 2015.


Great Social Service Award – 2016

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Siddharth United Social Welfare Mission, Kolkata, conferred Great Social Service Award on the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission in recognition of the twin organizations’ service to society.


Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award – 2016

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International Business Council, New Delhi, conferred Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award on the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission for outstanding achievements. 


Listing in the World Book of Records – 2017

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission were listed in the World Book of Records, London, as a spiritual movement working for the harmony of religions.  A trophy, a medal and a citation were presented in the award ceremony held in Indore on 17 June 2017.


Seva Brati Award – 2020

South Kolkata Sports & Cultural Association conferred Seva Brati Award on the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission in recognition of the twin organizations’ contribution to society.  Sri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Governor of West Bengal, presented the award in a ceremony held in Kolkata on 19 January 2020.