Throughout the glorious history of India, her unique educational system played the most significant role. There is hardly any doubt that Brahmacharya Ashrama or the Gurukul System of Education was one of the greatest factors in shaping India’s culture.It evolved along with the ever-fresh Indian culture. Keeping Gurukul System of Education as its ideal, Ramakrishna Mission Calcutta Students’ Home evolved and became one of the foremost educational initiatives inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s visionary ideas on education for comprehensive development of individuals and India as a whole.
Ramakrishna Mission Calcutta Students’ Home is a branch centre of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission having its Headquarters at Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal, India.
The Students’ Home sprawls over 38 acres of lush green land in Belgharia. Having at its heart a Shrine dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, everything else—hostel buildings, gardens, ponds, a huge lake, playground, agricultural fields—is arranged in such a way as to give the Students’ Home a perfect atmosphere and look of ancient ‘Gurukula Ashrama’, that too around a mega city like Kolkata.
Generally, students from all across West Bengal seeking admission to+2 and Degree Courses are eligible for admission here. They go to selected schools and colleges in and around Kolkata. Our main focus is to support financially deprived and meritorious students. However, A few boarders, eager to undergo the training imparted to the residents, are also admitted; but the number is never allowed to go beyond the one-third of the total roll-strength. They are provided with descent food, moderate lodging, books, stationeries, and all kinds of academic supports, like free coaching.
We believe in overall development of the students. Simultaneous development of Heart, Head and Hand— synergy of Western science with Eastern culture is what we aspire for.Having completed their study, when they go out and settle down in various walks of the society, they lead a dignified and happy life—a life of unselfishness and duty to the society and the country.
‘For the good of many, for the happiness of many’—keeping this ideal in front of us,we conduct active disaster-relief operation throughout the year, mainly in South Bengal. In the rainy season, flood being a regular phenomenon in South Bengal, we conduct extensive relief operation in the affected areas. Food,medicines, clothing, utensils,study materials,etc. are distributed among the victims.
For underprivileged children, we run two projects, namely Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa (GAP) and Vivekananda Swasthya Parisheva Prakalpa (VSPP). All these activities are planned and executed by theresident students and volunteers under the supervision of monastic members—and this is one of the most unique features of this institution.
We also run Ramakrishna Mission Shilpapitha, a Government-sponsored Polytechnic College,offering three-year diploma courses in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics &Telecommunication Engineering.
In todays’ world, which is rife with competition, jealousy, materialism, violence, and, above all, a growing sense of meaninglessness, relevance of an institution like Ramakrishna Mission Calcutta Students’ Home hardly needs any emphasis. The institute is slowly and silently turning out hundreds of honest, efficient and educated young men, and contributing to the economic and cultural uplift of many families. Above all, this institution is producing enlightened citizens for India.