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Activities of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission


From April 2012 to March 2013

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 2012-13

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, Chennai Math, Ichapur, Kamarpukur, Lucknow, Narainpur, Patna, etc.

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

3. Medical Camps : In the eye camps, 11,794 patients were operated on for cataract and 3404 of them were given spectacles free of all charges. Besides, 4130 units of blood were collected from voluntary blood donors through 76 blood donation camps.

The total expenditure incurred for medical work during 2012-13 was Rs. 146.37 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 extracurricular activities. The educational work of the twin organizations is summarized in the following table.

Educational Work 2012-13

Details of various vocational trainings provided are given below:

Vocational Training 2012-13

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

Cultural Activities 2012-13


The total expenditure incurred for educational work during 2012-13 was Rs. 251.88 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. 41.26 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:

Services in Rural Areas 2012-13

Services in Rural Areas 2012-13


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

Rural Medical Services 2012-13

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

Rural Educational Services 2012-13

Details of various vocational trainings provided are given below:

 

Rural Vocational Training 2012-13

Cultural Programmes 2012-13 in Rural Areas

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:

Libraries in Rural Areas


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

Rural Welfare Works 2012-13

(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) 6728 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, 57 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 70 cases were treated during the year. (d) Nutritious diet was provided to 211 children under Child Nutrition Programme.

(B) Educational and Cultural Activities: (a) 17 non-formal education centres and 37 free coaching centres benefited 1502 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 213 destitute women were trained in weaving, jute-spinning, jute handicraft, dhoop-making, food-processing and tailoring projects. Besides, 28 boys and 29 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 :

  Relief Work 2012-13

Relief Work 2012-13

Relief Work 2012-13

Relief Work 2012-13

A sum of Rs. 2.05 crore (Rs. 1.93 crore in cash and Rs.0.12 crore in kind) was spent on primary relief operations to help 4,94,254 people of 99,782 families in 415 villages.


ii) Rehabilitation Work:

a) Purulia centre excavated a large lake named ‘Vivekananda Sarovar’ in Arita village under Purulia Block II, with financial support from the Government of West Bengal.

b) Guwahati centre distributed 4 sewing machines, 4 weaving machines (tatsals) to economically backward people.

A sum of Rs. 0.21 crore was spent on these rehabilitation projects during the year 2012-13.

 

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

24,863

26,85,789

Retreats

495

1,09,831

Celebrations / Public Meetings

1,207

10,83,661

            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 such as Belgaum, Chennai Math, Hyderabad, Kadapa, Mysore, Patna, Ranchi (Morabadi), Vijayawada, etc have started institutions like ‘VIVEC’ (Vivekananda Institute of Value Education and Culture) to impart value education to people in general.

          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        

     22

2,185

983

595

10,59,374

            During the year, 6,59,295 people participated in various programmes conducted by 2892 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, 269 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

140

17,31,665

618

4,091

9,31,040

13,45,304

School / College Libraries

129

12,26,598

220

8,111

2,97,758

5,31,041

            Centres of the Math and Mission published several books and 24 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. 27.17 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 2012-13

Reprints in 2012-13

Titles in Circulation

Mission

2

60

77

429

Math

16

134

1,564

3,612

 

Periodicals 

Publication Centres 

Periodicals

Languages

 Subscribers

Mission

  8

8

4

36,630

Math

13

14

10

    4,06,021

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 Bhava 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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