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Activities of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission


From April 2011 to March 2012

TYPES OF SERVICE

1. Medical Service
2. Educational Service
3. Service in Rural and Tribal Areas
4. Relief and Rehabilitation Work
5. Women Welfare Programmes
6. Youth Welfare Programmes
7. Mass Contact
8. Spiritual and Cultural Work
9. Celebrations

   I. Medical Service :

1. During the year under review the Mission and Math had the following medical and allied units.

Medical Service


2. Specialised medical treatments : The following special treatments were provided by some of our centres through their hospitals, dispensaries, special programmes, camps, etc.

a. Eye treatment was rendered by our centres at Belgaum, Bhopal, Garbeta, Kamarpukur, Patna, Porbandar, Rajkot, Ulsoor, and so on, and at the hospitals in Lucknow, Muzaffarpur, Vrindaban, etc. Besides, many centres have separate eye-department attached to their dispensaries.

b. Leprosy case detection and treatment was done by our centres at Belur Math, Chennai Math, Kamarpukur, Lucknow, etc.

c. Maternity and child welfare services were provided by our hospitals in Kolkata (Seva Pratishthan), Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram and Vrindaban and also by some dispensaries.

d. Neurology department functioned at the hospitals in Itanagar, Kolkata (Seva Pratishthan), Lucknow, Varanasi, etc.  

e. Physiotherapy treatment was provided by our centres in Belur Math, New Delhi, Indore, Itanagar, Kolkata (Seva Pratishthan), Lucknow, Nagpur, Shillong, Varanasi, etc. The centres at Rajkot and Visakhapatnam had special clinics for providing physiotherapy treatment to cerebral palsied children.

f. Psychiatry treatment was provided in our Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata (Seva Pratishthan), Vrindaban and Lucknow hospitals and also by some dispensaries.

g. Tuberculosis cases were treated at the 150-bed sanatorium in Ranchi, the TB Clinic attached to Delhi centre as also by our centres at Belur Math, Bhopal, Chennai Math, Ichapur, Kamarpukur, Lucknow, Narainpur, Patna, etc.

Besides, many centres had special departments for dental surgery, ENT, cardiology, paediatrics, acupressure, acupuncture, etc. Many centres provided ayurvedic treatment also.

3. Medical Camps : In the eye camps, 8218 patients were operated on for cataract and 2511 of them were given spectacles free of all charges. Besides, 4623 units of blood were collected from voluntary blood donors through 64 Blood Donation Camps.      

The total expenditure incurred for medical work during 2011-12 was Rs. 119.87 crore.

 

II. Educational Work

The Math and the Mission centres lived up to their reputation in the field of education. Apart from excellent academic performance, the students won laurels in sports and other extra-curricular activities. The educational work of the twin organizations has been summarized in the following table.

Educational Service 2012

Details of various vocational trainings provided are given below:

Vocational Trainings 2012

Details of various cultural units / programmes provided are given below:

Cultural Activities 2012


The total expenditure incurred for educational work during 2011-12
was Rs. 220.42 crore.

 

III.  Service in Rural and Tribal Areas :


Rural and tribal welfare work is accomplished in three ways:

(a) through our centres located in rural and tribal areas;

(b) through our urban centres which have taken up development projects in rural and tribal areas; and 

(c)  through our educational and medical institutions in semi-urban areas, where rural people form a significant percentage of the beneficiaries.

The Math and the Mission spent a sum of Rs. 37.46 crore for rural and tribal development work, apart from the huge expenditure incurred by the educational and medical institutions located in rural and tribal areas.

In the year under review, following services were provided by the Math and the Mission in rural and tribal areas:

Rural Activities 2012

Rural Activities 2012


(ii) Medical Services: In the year under review the Math and Mission had the following medical units in rural and tribal areas :

Rural Activities 2012

(iii) Educational Services : In the year under review the Math and Mission had the following educational institutions in rural and tribal areas :

Rural Activities 2012

Details of various vocational trainings provided are given below:

Rural Activities 2012

The centres in Aalo (Along), Antpur, Chapra, Cherrapunjee, Coimbatore Mission, Ichapur, Jayrambati, Kamarpukur, Kalady, Malliankaranai (Tamil Nadu), Manasadwip (West Bengal), Mysore, Narainpur (Chhattisgarh), Narottam Nagar, Nattarampalli, Ramharipur, Sargachhi, Sarisha, Shivanahalli (Bangalore), Viveknagar (Agartala), Thrissur, etc, directly catered to the needs of rural and tribal folk in a big way, and a number of rural units were run by the centres at Belur (Saradapitha), Contai, Narendrapur, Ranchi (Morabadi), etc. Of these, special mention may be made of the numerous village units started for educating the hill tribes in Meghalaya, various village development programmes conducted by Narendrapur (Kolkata) centre catering the needs for all-round village development, as well as the farming centre in Ranchi, specially meant for people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Schdeuled Tribes. The tribal development project of our centre at Narainpur has made a significant contribution towards the all-round development of the local tribes. Our educational, medical and cultural activities in Arunachal Pradesh have proved to be very useful and popular.

Apart from this, there were libraries, audio-visual units, etc. to serve rural and tribal people, details of which are shown below:


Rural Activities 2012

Rural Activities

(iv) In the year under review, the Math and Mission provided the following under rural welfare works in rural and tribal areas :

Rural Activities

(v) Pallimangal (Integrated Rural Development) Activities:  The activities under Pallimangal (a) project initiated in 1980 by the Headquarters) continued in the villages in and around Kamarpukur and Jayrambati in West Bengal. The major service programmes conducted under this project during the year are given below.   

(A) Medical Activities:  (a) 8257 patients were treated by the mobile medical unit. Special medical programmes and camps, and health care and awareness programmes were conducted at Kamarpukur, benefiting several thousand villagers. (b) Under National Leprosy Elimination Programme, 55 persons were given treatment. (c) A programme on Control of Tuberculosis through Community Based Directly Observed Treatment with Short-Course-Therapy (DOTS) under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) continued, under which 56 cases were treated during the year. (d) Nutritious diet was provided to 353 children under Child Nutrition Programme.

(B) Educational and Cultural Activities: (a) 16 non-formal education centres and 37 free coaching centres benefited 1406 students. (b) A number of students were given textbooks, uniforms, etc. Scholarships and financial assistance were given to a good number of students. (c) Cultural programmes, competitions in sports and games, etc. were organized.

(C) Training Programmes: 29 poor men and 423 destitute women were trained in weaving, jute-spinning, jute handicraft, dhoop-making, food-processing and tailoring projects. Besides, 44 boys and 23 girls were trained in basic computer operations.

The statistics relating to the institutions furnished in this section form part of the figures already mentioned under ‘Welfare Work’, ‘Medical Services’ and ‘Educational Services’.


 

IV.  Relief and Rehabilitation Work :

The Mission and Math conducted several relief and rehabilitation operations during the year. The details of the operations are given below.

i) Relief and Rehabilitation Work :

Sl.

Type of Relief

State / Country

Conducted through (centre)

1.

Cyclone Relief

Tamil Nadu

Chennai Math

2.

Distress Relief

Assam

Chandigarh

Gujarat

Jharkhand

 

Karnataka

Kerala

Maharashtra

Guwahati, Karimganj, Silchar

Chandigarh

Limbdi, Porbandar, Rajkot

Ghatshila, Jamshedpur, Ranchi Sanatorium

Belgaum, Ulsoor

Thrissur

Nagpur

 

Sl.

Type of Relief

State / Country

Conducted through (centre)

 

Distress Relief

               (contd.)

Meghalaya

Odisha

Tripura

Uttar Pradesh

West Bengal
 


 

 

 

Bangladesh

Cherrapunjee

Puri Mission

Agartala

Vrindaban

Baghbazar, Baranagar Math, Baranagar Mission, Belgharia, Cooch Behar, Garbeta, Ichapur, Jalpaiguri, Jayrambati, Kankurgachhi, Malda, Medinipur, Naora, Purulia, Rahara, Ramharipur, Sargachhi, Swamiji’s House, Taki

Dinajpur, Faridpur

3.

Drought Relief

Gujarat

Limbdi

4.

Earthquake Relief

West Bengal

Saradapitha

5.

Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

 

Japan

 

Japan

6.

Fire Relief

Andhra Pradesh

Odisha

Tamil Nadu

West Bengal

Rajahmundry

Bhubaneswar, Puri Mission

Chengalpattu

Golpark, Rahara, Saradapitha, Sarisha

7.

Flood Relief

Odisha

Tamil Nadu

Uttar Pradesh

West Bengal

 

 

 

Fiji

Bhubaneswar, Puri Math, Puri Mission

Chengalpattu

Lucknow

Antpur, Belgharia, Ichapur, Malda, Medinipur, Naora, Narendrapur, Saradapitha, Sargachhi, Sikra- Kulingram, Swamiji’s House

Fiji

8.

Medical Relief

West Bengal

Manasadwip, Seva Pratishthan

9.

Milk Distribution

Arunachal Pradesh

Bihar

Chhattishgarh

Jharkhand

Meghalaya

Tamil Nadu

 

Aalo

Chapra, Katihar, Patna

Narainpur

Deoghar

Cherrapunjee

Coimbatore, Ootacamund

 

Sl.

Type of Relief

State / Country

Conducted through (centre)

 

Milk Distribution

            (contd.)

Tripura

Uttar Pradesh

West Bengal

Agartala

Kanpur

Asansol, Malda, Baghbazar, Bankura, Baranagar Math, Baranagar Mission, Barasat, Chandipur, Cooch Behar, Cossipore, Golpark, Ichapur, Jalpaiguri, Kankurgachhi, Ramharipur, Sargachhi, Sikra-Kulingram, Tamluk

10.

Storm Relief

West Bengal

Chandipur

11.

Winter Relief

Arunachal Pradesh

Assam

Bihar

Chandigarh

Chhattishgarh

Delhi

Gujarat

Jharkhand

 

 

Karnataka

Maharashtra

Meghalaya

Odisha

 

Rajasthan

Tamil Nadu

Tripura

Uttar Pradesh

Uttarakhand

West Bengal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aalo

Guwahati, Karimganj, Silchar

Chapra, Katihar, Muzaffarpur

Chandigarh

Raipur

Delhi

Limbdi, Rajkot

Deoghar, Ghatshila, Jamshedpur, Jamtara, Ranchi Morabadi, Ranchi Sanatorium

Belgaum, Mysore, Ponnampet

Pune

Cherrapunjee

Bhubaneswar, Hatamuniguda, Puri Math, Puri Mission

Jaipur, Khetri

Coimbatore Mission, Ootacamund

Agartala

Vrindaban

Almora

Antpur, Asansol, Baghbazar, Bankura, Baranagar Math, Baranagar Mission, Barasat, Belgharia, Belur Math, Chandipur, Contai, Cooch Behar, Garbeta, Golpark, Ichapur, Jalpaiguri, Jayrambati, Kamarpukur, Kankurgachhi, Malda, Manasadwip,

 

Sl.

Type of Relief

State / Country

Conducted through (centre)

 

Winter Relief

            (contd.)

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh

Medinipur, Naora, Narendrapur, Purulia, Rahara, Ramharipur, Saradapitha, Sargachhi, Shyamla Tal, Sikra-Kulingram, Swamiji’s House, Taki

Dinajpur, Faridpur

A sum of Rs. 2.58 crore (Rs. 2.44 crore in cash and Rs.0.14 crore in kind) was spent on primary relief operations to help 3,64,166 people of 1,27,998 families in 1658 villages.


ii) Rehabilitation Work:

a) Belgaum centre built 216 houses for flood-affected families in Sindhanur taluk of Raichur district, Gokak taluk of Belgaum district and in and around Belgaum town in Karnataka. Moreover, 143 kits (each kit containing 2 cooking vessels, 5 plates, 5 cups, 5 spoons, 1 knife, 1 ladle and 3 bed-sheets) were also handed over to the beneficiaries.

b) Mysore centre built 176 houses for poor tribal people at Chamrajnagar district, in collaboration with the Govt. of Karnataka.

c) Rajkot centre constructed a four-room school building at Dhaneti village in Kutch for a local association, and a school building, a vocational training centre building and 60 houses at Paraveda village (30 km from Rajkot city) for the local Madari (snake charmers) community.

d) Purulia centre built 16 houses for poor people at Jhalda, Purulia district, in collaboration with the Govt. of West Bengal.

e) Limbdi centre completed de-silting and deepening of three ponds in drought-prone areas in Surendranagar district in Gujarat. 

f) Rahara centre distributed 12 cycle-rickshaws, 12 sewing machines and 15 bicycles and Malda centre distributed 10 bicycles to economically backward people in West Bengal.

g) Guwahati centre distributed 6 tatsals (weaving equipments) and 6 sewing machines to poor people.

A sum of Rs. 2.35 crore was spent on these rehabilitation projects during the year 2011-12.

 

V. Women Welfare Programmes :

Both the Mission and the Math have permanent programmes for service to women, the most important of which are mentioned below.

1.         Care for pregnant and nursing women through the maternity departments of our hospitals in Kolkata (Seva Pratishthan), Vrindaban, Thiruvananthapuram and also through other hospitals and clinics run by us.

2.         Old-age Home for women in Varanasi.

3.         Educational service to girls :

(a)        A large educational complex, exclusively for girls, run by Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Vidyalaya, Chennai, offering education to girls from the primary to the higher secondary level.

(b)        Higher secondary schools for girls by Chennai Math and Chengalpattu centres.

(c)        High schools for girls run by Jamshedpur and Sarisha centres.

Apart from the above, there are co-educational schools of different grades under our centres in Aalo (Along), Coimbatore Mission, Chennai (T.Nagar), Kalady, Jayrambati, Bhubaneswar, etc. Besides, a Sanskrit co-educational school is functioning at Kalady.

4.         Nurses’ Training Institutes attached to our hospitals in Kolkata (Seva Pratishthan), Lucknow, Vrindaban, Itanagar and Thiruvananthapuram.

            5.         Programmes for enhancing women empowerment by forming self-help groups, imparting vocational training and the like for making them self-reliant.

VI.  Youth Welfare Programmes :

Apart from the educational and cultural programmes for students conducted by our educational centres, some of our Mission and Math centres have separate recreational and cultural centres called Balak Sanghas (for children) and Yuvak Sanghas (for youths) in Bangalore, Belgaum, Chennai (Math), Hyderabad, Indore, Kankurgachhi, Malda, Mangalore, Mysore, Ponnampet, Pune, Rajkot, Ranchi (Morabadi), Salem, Shivanahalli, Ulsoor, Vijayawada, and a few other places. In these centres, children are provided with supplementary nutrition and guidance in the practice of social, moral and spiritual values, and are also taught the basics of scriptures, chanting, devotional music, etc.

VII.  Mass Contact :

The various activities of the Math and Mission are spread over both in rural and urban areas. The participation of lakhs of people in the annual festivals and celebrations is indicative of the steady growth in the spreading of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda message. The ashramas and temples situated all over the country drew a great number of people throughout the year.

VIII. Spiritual and Cultural Work :

 

Both the Math and the Mission centres lay emphasis on the dissemination of the spiritual and cultural ideals of India. Through various types of activities, they try to give a practical shape to the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, especially that all religions are true. The centres establish real points of contact among people of different faiths through a large number of libraries, lectures, seminars, youth camps, Balak Sanghas, regular classes, public celebrations, occasional exhibitions, screening films on religious and cultural values, etc.  During the year, the Math and Mission centres organized several classes / lectures, the details of which are given below.

Preaching / Lecture

No. of Classes

Attendance

Classes / Lectures

22,944

21,22,136

Retreats

2,351

1,09,299

Celebrations / Public Meetings

783

8,37,154

            Besides, many of our centres served rural folks by spreading spiritual and cultural ideas among them through mobile units like ‘Jnana Vahini’, ‘Viveka Vahini’, etc. Educative and religious film shows, lectures, exhibitions, guided meditation, personality development classes, book-sales, etc were organized in the interior parts of the country. Many centres have started institutions like ‘VIVEC’ (Vivekananda Institute of Value Education and Culture) to impart value education to people in general by centres like Belgaum, Chennai Math, Hyderabad, Kadapa, Mysore, Patna, Ranchi (Morabadi), Vijayawada, etc. Several centres provide value education as well as guidance for self-reliance to the inmates of different prisons. Noteworthy services in prisons were provided by Malda, Saradapitha and Rajkot centres.

          The Math and Mission screened value education films in rural and urban areas; details are shown below.

Audio-visual Units

(in Rural & Urban areas)

No. of

Units

Films screened

Villages

covered

Schools

visited

Beneficiaries        

     21

1,933

1,232

633

4,21,504

            During the year, 5,03,247 people participated in various programmes conducted by 3288 Cultural Units of the Math and Mission such as Balak Sanghas, Youth Sanghas, Jnana Vahini, Viveka Murasu, VIDYA, Institute of Human Excellence, etc.

            Apart from this, 268 libraries were run by our Math & Mission centres; most of these libraries had attached reading rooms also. The details are shown below.

Libraries &

Reading Rooms

(in Rural & Urban areas)

No.

of

Units

No.

of

Books

Newspapers

Periodicals

Books

Issues

Attendance

Public Libraries

57

5,45,544

175

1,861

1,57,709

3,01,638

School / College Libraries

13

87,460

30

160

15,494

16,162

            Centres of the Math and Mission published several books and 23 journals in different languages. The Math centres at Mayavati, Baghbazar (Kolkata), Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Mysore, Rajkot, Thrissur and Bhubaneswar, in particular, have to their credit a considerable number of publications. A sum of Rs. 20.24 crore was spent on publication work during the year. Some of our centres in other countries are also publishing valuable books.

Books

Publication Centres

New Titles in 2011-12

Reprints in 2011-12

Titles in Circulation

Mission

2

31

50

375

Math

16

126

1,404

3,484

 

Periodicals 

Publication Centres 

Periodicals

Languages

 Subscribers

Mission

  8

8

4

37,236

Math

13

15

10

    3,52,870

Institutes for Sanskrit studies — one for postgraduate studies and research, a college, 3 schools, and a Chatushpathi — were run.

            The Math and Mission centres maintained temples and prayer halls, and organized lectures, retreats and devotees’ meets. Thousands of people were inspired to accept higher values of life by coming into contact with the different centres.

            It is noteworthy that the member Ashramas of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Bhav Prachar Parishads in different parts of the country also, under the guidance of Ramakrishna Math, spread moral values and culture.

IX. Celebrations :

Most of the Math and Mission centres celebrated the birthdays of great saints and prophets, popular Hindu festivals and Christmas Eve. The general features of the celebrations of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda were: special worship, homa, chanting from scriptural texts, bhajan and sankirtan, distribution of prasad to devotees, feeding of the poor in large numbers, and lectures by the sannyasins of the Order and other eminent speakers. Thus the message of Sri Ramakrishna and his direct associates was spread steadily. Many ardent souls came in close touch with the ideals of the Math and Mission.


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