Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, Kolkata

Temple
Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama
P.O. Narendrapur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700 103, India
Phones: 033-2477 2201 / 02 / 03 / 04; Fax: 033-2477 2070
E-mail: [email protected]; Website: www.rkmnarendrapur.org

 Institution: Degree College
Phone: 033 2477 2205; Fax: 033-2477 3597;
Email: [email protected]; Website: www.rkmcnarendrapur.org

  Institution: Lokasiksha Parishad
Phone: 033 2477 2207, 2427 4300 & 2477 0975
Email: [email protected]; Website: www.rkmlsp.org

 Institution: Higher Secondary School
Phone: 033 2477 2206; Fax: 033 2428 7008
Email: [email protected]; Website: www.rkmvnarendrapur.org

  Institution: Blind Boys Academy
Email: [email protected]

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

Activities:

  • A residential degree college offering graduate and postgraduate courses in arts and science subjects, with 612 students (179 enjoyed concessions). The attached library had 83,030 books and 59 journals and newspapers. It has one NCC and two NSS units.
  • A residential higher secondary school with 960 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 higher secondary section it is English alone. The attached library and book bank had 35,007 books, 49 journals and newspapers. It has 2 Boys’ Scout units, 1 Bratachari unit and a band unit.
  • A non-residential primary school with 428 students and a Kindergarten section with 120 children.
  • A residential blind boys’ academy, which offers general education as well as training in computer operations, music, medical transcription, agriculture and several other crafts, had 203 boys, all of whom received substantial financial assistance. The academy also trains blind and sighted teachers. It has a library and a Braille press. The Braille press meets the needs of the eastern and north-eastern states.
  • A department of technical and vocational education having the following units: (a) a junior technical school with 231 students, (b) an automobile training centre (40 trainees), (c) Motor Mechanic Trade Course (17 trainees), (d) Motor Driving Training Course (75 trainees), and (e) a commerce institute offering courses in shorthand, typewriting, spoken English, computer operations, etc in which 695 students were trained this year.
  • A central library with 72,244 books and 63 journals and newspapers.
  • Lokasiksha Parishad (an institute for social welfare and integrated rural development), which conducted the following activities through 250 village organizations, 6 village development centres, 4 project offices and 17 cluster organizations spread in 12 districts of West Bengal:
    • Educational activities: (a) An adult night school with 25 students, (b) two study centres of State Open School (one with 296 secondary students and the other with 169 higher secondary students), (c) An institutional library with 26,283 books and 32 periodicals and newspapers, (d) A publication unit publishing journals, newsletters and audio, (e) publication of the Bengali monthly Samaj Siksha (59th year) and books (mainly in Bengali), (f) 16 study circles with 1215 participants, and (g) 20 centres conducting Values Education Programme, (h) an audio-visual unit and  (i) workshops, seminars, camps, preaching classes, ethical and cultural development programmes through chalaman vahini (mobile unit), involving 14,351 children, 48,890 interested people and 1698 volunteers.
    • Women and child development activities : (a) 40 crèches in 4 districts with 1000 children, (b) 128 centres of Early Childhood Care and Development spread over 9 districts benefited 2502 boys and 2210 girls, (c) pre-primary education, immunization, supplementary nutritious food, etc were provided to 698 children under Child Sponsorship Programme, (d) Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) project with education, immunization, family welfare and healthcare services and also training programmes for 1565 Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, (e) a unit of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa with 104 children, and (f) service of poverty-ridden women through vocational training, women self-help groups, etc.
    • Agriculture and animal resource development programmes: (a) An agricultural training centre, which trained 215 people in various advanced agricultural techniques, horticulture, etc through training programmes, seminars, workshops, etc (b) 218 youths were trained in dairy and poultry management, and (c) provided the following services: mechanical, soil-testing laboratory and veterinary clinic services.
    • Vocational training, etc : (a) Running various training programmes to enable rural youths to be self-employed through various technical and agricultural trades (1031 trainees received skill-training), (b) Jan Shikshan Sansthan provided training in 20 trades for 93 batches in rural area benefiting 1835 trainees (male 402, female 1433), (c) running a centre for training, orientation and research for promotion of youth work in eastern and north-eastern parts of the country, and (d) 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 13,363 people, (b) 67,743 low-cost toilets in 2757 villages and another 250 school toilet blocks 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) projects for saving conventional energy were undertaken mainly in non-electrified areas through solar systems, biogas plants, etc, (f) joint forest management, and alternative income programmes for forest fringe dwellers, (g) cultivation promotion programmes among the tribal people, (h) wasteland development projects, and (i) projects like rural environment awareness programmes, and other economic development activities.
  • Integrated Rural Development and Management (IRDM) Faculty Centre – An off-campus centre of Vivekananda University: Offers M.Sc. and Ph.D in agriculture and rural development subjects. 40 students were admitted to the M.Sc. courses.
  • Agriculture Training Centre (ATC) and State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) conducted the following activities: (i) postgraduate diploma in Agricultural Extension Management (133 officers were on roll), (ii) one-year diploma in Agricultural Extension Service (82 dealers were on roll), (iii) Agri-clinic and Agri-business course (220 trainees completed so far), (iv) training under National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (23,007 farmers were benefited), (v) 6-month Pre-service residential training of Krishi Prayukti Sahayaks (93 trainees), and (vi) other medium and short-term programmes (3664 participants).
  • Vivekananda Social Welfare Centre, meant mainly for the Harijans living in the slums of Rambagan in northern Kolkata, conducts the following activities:
    • Three charitable dispensaries, which treated 11,534 cases.
    • A vocational training centre with 155 trainees.
    • A library with 350 books.
    • Two crèches with 50 children.
    • Coaching classes for 90 students.
    • A child welfare scheme for slum children.
  • A museum named Environment and Man.
  • An arboretum of medicinal plants.
  • A dispensary with allopathy, homeopathy and ayurveda sections, which treated 95,050 patients.
  • A mobile medical unit, which treated 8034 patients.
  • Two units of Gadadhara Abhyudaya Prakalpa with 50 & 53 poor children.
  • The centre spent Rs. 55,92,861 towards scholarships for students and Rs. 1,14,60,324 as pecuniary help to poor and needy people of the locality this year. Besides, clothes, blankets, etc were distributed to the distressed.
  • Religious activities: Celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda, and also Kali Puja.
Shrine
National Youth Day
College
College Hostel - Brahmananda Bhavan
RKM LSP - Latrine linked Biogas Training
RKM LSP - Orchard Development in wasteland in Tribal areas
RKM LSP - Nursery Raising Programme