Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur

Founded in 1941, this centre, located adjacent to Belur Math, runs several educational institutions.


  1. Vidyamandira, a residential autonomous college of arts and science, offers 14 undergraduate honours courses in arts & science, and 5 postgraduate and PhD courses (in Sanskrit, Bengali, Mathematics, Philosophy and Applied Chemistry).
  2. Sikshanamandira, an autonomous residential college of teacher education offers BEd, MEd, MPhil, and PhD courses.
  3. Shilpamandira, an AICTE-approved polytechnic:
    1. Diploma courses in civil, mechanical, electrical, and electronics & telecommunication engineering.
    2. A community training centre NSDC & NIELIT-recognized short-term courses in trades like welding, automobile mechanic and electrical wiring
    3. A computer centre offering different courses such as financial accounting, AutoCAD, and multimedia.
  4. Shilpavidyalaya, a private Industrial Training Institute established in 1921, offered the following courses :
    1. Two-year training in the following NCVT-affiliated trades: draftsmanship (civil/mechanical) with AutoCAD, electronics mechanic & electrician, welder, turner and fitter trades.
    2. Vocational course in electrical equipment repairing and maintenance.
    3. West Bengal State Council of Technical & Vocational Education & Skill Development-affiliated course in two streams: computer maintenance & networking and electrical maintenance &  installation.
  5. Samaj Sevak Sikshanamandira, a residential agro-based training institute for educating and training unemployed rural youths in various trades and rural development activities, functions as a Rural Self- Employment Training Institute (RSETI). It conducted Rural Entrepreneurship Development Programme (REDP), a 10-month residential course. Various training programmes were also offered in collaboration with the United Bank of India & NABARD.
  6. Janasikshamandira, an institution engaged  in the upliftment of backward classes from 7 districts of West Bengal. Its activities include:
    1. Educational: (a) Need-based vocational training courses such as TV repairing, carpentry and bookbinding for poor youths and inmates of correctional homes, (b) Twelve non- formal education centres for non-school-going children, (c) An adult education centre, (d) Three coaching centres for school-goers, and (e) A library.
    2. Healthcare & hygiene: (a) Installation of household toilets in villages, (b) A general medical camp (c) Eye camps.
    3. Eighty village-level workers’ training centres for the training of youths and children in leadership, etc.
    4. Children’s Section: a cultural unit.
    5. Production and publication department which imparts training to unemployed youths in photo binding, making incense sticks, etc.
  7. Tattwamandira, the central unit:
      1. Religious activities: Regular bhajans, spiritual discourses for the public, scriptural classes for the monastic members, celebration of the Jagaddhatri Puja, spiritual retreats.
      2. A unit of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa in Purulia.
      3. Implementation of a drinking water project in Purulia.
  8. A multimedia exhibition on Swami Vivekananda.
Jagaddhatri Puja