The centre was started in 1897 by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
- Publication of books in English and Tamil: 9 new and 205 reprints were brought out during the year; total number of titles: 1019.
- Publication of two monthly journals: The Vedanta Kesari (English, 105th year with 10,900 subscribers) and Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam (Tamil, 98th year with 1,58,000 subscribers).
- A girls’ higher secondary school with 846 pupils at Sarvana Street, Mint.
- A primary school with 258 pupils at Basin Bridge Road, Mint.
- A library with a children’s section, having 42,702 books and 192 periodicals.
- Vivekananda Youth Forum conducted weekly moral and cultural classes for 30 youths and Balmandir conducted weekly moral and educational classes for about 107 children on all
- One free coaching centre with 50 students.
- Vocational training in nursing assistance (139 girls were trained) and Sanskrit learning course offered in three levels, each for a period of 6 months.
- A charitable allopathic-cum-homeopathic dispensary with dental, eye, ENT, surgical, X-ray, ultrasound scanning, pediatrics, ECG, gynecology, physiotherapy and laboratory sections, and clinics for TB and diabetes. Total 3,20,748 cases were treated this year.
- Regular eye camps in nearby villages (1235 patients were screened; 134 of them were operated on for cataract removal).
- LAP rehabilitation programme through which 2220 Leprosy Afflicted Persons (LAPs) were benefited.
- Daily worship, fortnightly Ramanam Sankirtan, weekly discourses, and celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramakrishnananda and other spiritual personalities, as also other festivals.
- Medical and Rural Welfare Centre at Meyyur, a village 48 km away, with the following activities:
- Education work through tuition classes (100 students), a summer camp, computer training and spoken English classes.
- Saradamma Grama Mangalam, a women empowerment programme offering training to local women in tailoring, incense stick making,
- A weekly mobile medical unit, which treated 27,051
- Welfare work by the way of distributing bicycles, books, clothes and stipends
Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House) in Chennai, where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days on his return from the West in 1897 is preserved as a memorial. The activities of this sub-centre are:
- Vivekananda Cultural Centre offering courses on Yoga, Meditation, Graphic Design, Image Editing, Digital Illustration, Office Automation, Tanjore painting, English, Tamil, and Hindi.
- Vivekananda museum consisting of an art gallery on Indian culture, a photo gallery devoted to Swami Vivekananda, a 3D movie theatre, etc.
- Vivekananda Navaratri, a nine-day long celebration held from 6 to 14 February every year commemorating Swami Vivekananda’s stay at the Illam.