Ramakrishna Mission Calcutta Students’ Home, Belgharia, Kolkata

Started elsewhere in Kolkata in 1916, the centre was shifted to its present site at Belgharia in 1953.

Activities:

  1. A hostel for poor and meritorious college students, with a library and a prayer hall. Out of the 112 boarders, 69 were maintained free of all charges this year.
  2. Shilpapitha, a government-sponsored polytechnic which offers three-year diploma courses in civil, mechanical, electrical and electronics & telecommunication engineering. It had 751 students during the year. It has a separate library with 25,723 books and 10 periodicals and newspapers, mostly on the engineering subjects.
  3. A public library (with 16,935 books and 39 periodicals and newspapers) and a reading room.
  4. A weekly homeopathic dispensary (2564 patients treated).
  5. Sixteen free coaching centres in different parts of West Bengal.
  6. Four units of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa with 260 poor children.
  7. A small publication department with three reprints (total titles:12) and a blood donation camp in which 111 units of blood was collected.
  8. Welfare work by way of serving cooked food to poor people once a week.

Activities at the ancestral house of Swami Vijnanananda (a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna): daily worship, religious classes and a weekly charitable homeopathic dispensary (1543 patients treated).

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