Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur

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Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Type Residential
Established 1957
Headmaster Swami Vedapurushananda (Ramesh Maharaj)
Campus Urban
Color(s) White and Grey
Affiliations WBBSE, WBCHSE
RKM Narendrapur from the main entrance

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur (Bengali: রামকৃষ্ণ মিশন বিদ্যালয়, নরেন্দ্রপুর) is a unit of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, which is a branch of Ramakrishna Mission with headquarters at Belur. Started in North Calcutta (Pathuriaghata), India, immediately after the Bengal Famine of 1943, it first served as a home for the poor and for orphan boys. Since its relocation in 1957 to its present site in the southern suburbs of Kolkata, near Garia, it has grown into a huge complex. It has more than 2,000 resident students and occupies about 150 acres (0.61 km2) of land dotted with flower gardens, green fields, mango groves and lakes.

Vidyalaya (school)[edit]

A scene inside Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama

Affiliated to West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education and West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, this school was established in 1958. Its faculty members, pursue spirit Swami Vivekananda's idea of education being the "manifestation of the perfection already in man."[citation needed] The school teaches students to be independent and self-sufficient, receptive, tolerant, and respectful of nature and instills values and a sense of purpose for the greater common good of the world. Swami Vedapurushananda is the current headmaster of this institution.

All students of this school are required to reside in the campus. The campus has nine hostels to accommodate the school students. Students of junior sections reside at one of these three hostels: Advaitananda Bhavana, Abhedananda Bhavana and Niranjanananda Bhavana. Students of senior sections reside at one of these six hostels: Akhandananda Bhavana, Saradananda Bhavana, Vijnanananda Bhavana, Shivananda Bhavana, Yogananda Bhavana, Premananda Bhavana and Turiyananda Bhavana. The names of the hostels (Bhavana) have been chosen after the sixteen "Sanyasi" disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. There is no hostel named after Swami Vivekananda (as the name "Narendrapur" is after his pre-sanyasi name, Narendranath), but there are a couple hostel buildings in the school and College named after some other renowned religious figures (for example "Gouranga Bhavana" after Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu, "Shankar Bhavana" after Sri Shankaracharya etc.)

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Coordinates: 19°20′N 84°52′E / 19.333°N 84.867°E / 19.333; 84.867