Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, Kolkata

Started in 1943 in North Kolkata and later shifted to Narendrapur, this ashrama runs many institutions.


  1. A residential autonomous degree college offering graduate and postgraduate courses in arts and science subjects, with 617 students (248 enjoyed concessions). The attached library had 86,908 books and 44 journals and newspapers. It has four research wings, one NCC and two NSS units.
  2. A residential higher secondary school with 953 students. Considered by the Government of India as a model school, its secondary section has both English and Bengali as media of instruction, whereas in the higher secondary section it is English alone. The attached library and book bank had 36,236 books, 48 journals and newspapers. It has two Boys’ Scout units, one bratachari unit and a band
  3. A non-residential primary school with 418 students and a kindergarten section with 132 children.
  4. A residential blind boys’ academy, which offers general education (from class I to class XII) as well as training in computer operations, music, agriculture and several other crafts, had 193 boys, all of whom received substantial financial assistance. The academy also trains blind and sighted teachers (51 B. Ed. students this year). It has a library with 36,875 Braille volumes and 16 periodicals and newspapers and a Braille press. The Braille press meets the needs of the eastern and north-eastern states.
  5. A department of technical and vocational education having the following units: (a) an Industrial Training Institute (264 students), (b) a vocational training centre in electrical and automobile trades (84 trainees) (c) short term courses in electrical winding and automobile mechanic (88 students). (d) a commerce institute offering courses in shorthand, typewriting, spoken English, computer operations, etc in which 591 students were trained this year.
  6. A central library with 72,990 books and 63 journals and newspapers.
  7. Lokasiksha Parishad (an  institute  for  social  welfare and integrated rural development), which conducted the following activities through 251 village organizations, 3 project offices and 23 cluster organizations spread in 12 districts of West Bengal:
    • Educational activities: (a) An adult night school with 17 students, (b) two study centres of State Open School (one with 202 secondary students and the other with 227 higher secondary students), (c) An institutional library with 26,367 books and 31 periodicals and newspapers, (d) A publication unit publishing journals, newsletters and audio CDs, (e) publication of the Bengali monthly Samaj Siksha (63rd year) and books (mainly in Bengali; total number of titles: 146), (f) preaching at different places, (g) study circles with 283 participants, (h) 22 centres conducting values education programmes, and (i) an audio-visual unit (14 films screened).
    • Women and child development activities: (a) workshops, seminars, character, personality and cultural development programmes through chalaman vahini (mobile unit), involving 14,677 children, 44,475 adults and 2232 volunteers, (b) 122 centres of Early  Childhood  Care  and  Development  spread over 9 districts benefited 4619 children, (c) pre-primary education, immunization, supplementary nutritious food, etc were provided to 795 children under Child Sponsorship Programme, (d) Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) project with education, immunization, family welfare and healthcare services covering 18 municipal wards of North Kolkata through 117 anganwadi centres serving a population of 91,996 and also trains the supervisors, anganwadi workers and helpers, and (e) two units of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa with 81 children.
    • Animal resource development programme: 542 youths were trained in dairy and poultry management, and provided veterinary clinic services and technical guidance to cattle growers.
    • Vocational training, etc : (a) Training programmes in various trades to enable rural youths to be self- employed (855 youths received skill training), (b) Jan Shikshan Sansthan provided  training  in  11  trades  for 34 batches in rural areas, benefiting 650 trainees, (c) a centre for conducting orientation and refresher programmes for NSS Programme Officers in eastern and north-eastern parts of the country (18 programmes were conducted; 443 officers attended), (d) 263 youths were trained in 7 vocational agricultural courses and 553 farmers were trained in modern agricultural practices under Green College Programme, and (f) formation of self-help groups for mobilizing local resources for income generation.
    • Programmes for health, hygiene and environmental awareness: (a) provided health education and preventive and curative healthcare aid to 16,855 people, (b) 18,463 low-cost toilets in 556 villages and another 300 toilet blocks in schools were built, (c) solid and liquid waste management methods were demonstrated in gram panchayat areas, (d) promoted community-managed water quality monitoring and surveillance system in 12 gram panchayat areas, (e) trained 600 male and 200 women village masons in constructing toilets, (f) projects for saving conventional energy were undertaken mainly in non-electrified areas through solar systems, biogas plants, etc, (g) joint forest management, 8 early childhood education centres and promotion  of tribal art and culture, (h) cultivation-promotion programmes among the tribal people, (i) wasteland development projects, and (j) projects like Resource Support  Agency Training Programme, promotion of farmers production, training programme on Agro-allied activities and other economic development activities.
  8. Agriculture Training Centre (ATC) and State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) conducted the following activities: (i) 6-month pre-service and in-service residential training of Krishi Prayukti Sahayaks (73 trainees), (ii) 96 medium and short-term HRD programmes for extension functionaries, special programmes for farmers and officers, (iii) postgraduate diploma in Agricultural Extension Management (104 officers were on roll), (iv) one-year diploma in Agricultural Extension Service for the input dealers (80 dealers were on roll), (v) Agri-clinic and Agri-business course (55 trainees), (vi) training under National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (24,385 farmers were benefited), and (vii) other extension activities.
  9. The following faculty centres of RKMVERI (deemed university):
    • Integrated Rural Development and Management (IRDM) Faculty Centre offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in (i) Agricultural Biotechnology, (ii) Agriculture and Rural Development, and (iii) Environment and Disaster Management subjects. 50 students were admitted to the M.Sc. and 2 students were admitted for Ph.D.
    • A Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), named ‘Sasya Shyamala Krishi Vigyan Kendra’, is located at Arapanchin village in South 24 Parganas district. It is aimed at developing the socio-economic condition of the farming community by transfer of technology in the field of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and aquaculture. The KVK conducted 130 training programmes (4202 participants), 1195 extension activities (30,641 participants), etc.
  10. A Medicinal Plant Research and Extension Centre, with three medicinal plant gardens covering 5 acres, undertook research, training and demonstration activities.
  11. Vivekananda Social Welfare Centre, meant  mainly  for  the Harijans living in the slums of Rambagan in northern Kolkata, conducts the following activities: (i) two charitable dispensaries, which treated 5585 cases. (ii) A vocational training centre with 155 (iii) A child welfare scheme for 90 slum children.
  12. Book bank and educational aid facilities to farmer’s
  13. A Quality Testing Laboratory for quality assessment of herbal drugs especially ayurveda, siddha and unani drugs.
  14. A museum named Environment and Man.
  15. A dispensary with allopathy, homeopathy, ayurveda sections, a panchakarma unit and a ksharsutra unit which treated 1,80,823 patients.
  16. A mobile medical unit, which treated 10,692 patients.
  17. Two units of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa for underprivileged children with 101 children.
  18. Welfare Work: The centre spent Rs. 84.34 lakh on scholarships for students and distributed Rs. 16.64 lakh as pecuniary help to poor and needy people of the locality this Besides these, clothes, blankets, etc were also distributed to the distressed.
  19. Religious activities: Celebration of Kali Puja, Saraswati Puja, Viswakarma Puja, Shivaratri, Christmas Eve, and celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
National Youth Day
College Hostel - Brahmananda Bhavan
RKM LSP - Latrine linked Biogas Training
RKM LSP - Orchard Development in wasteland in Tribal areas
RKM LSP - Nursery Raising Programme
Students' Programme