Ramkrishna Sarada Mission Sister Nivedita Girls' School
|Ramkrishna Sarada Mission Sister Nivedita Girls' School
রামকৃষ্ণ সারদা মিশন ভাগিনী নিবেদিতা বালিকা বিদ্যালয়
|5, Nivedita Lane
Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 700003
|School type||Girls' school For girls|
|Established||13 November 1898|
|Authority||Ramakrishna Sarada Mission|
|Colour(s)||Red and White|
Ramkrishna Sarada Mission Sister Nivedita Girls' School or Sister Nivedita Girls' School is a girls' school located at 5, Nivedita Lane, Kolkata– 700003. The school was established by Scots-Irish social worker and disciple of Swami Vivekananda Sister Nivedita in November 1898.
Swami Vivekananda requested Sister Nivedita to come to India. Responding to the call of Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita (at that time Margaret Elizabeth Noble) came to India in January 1898. The main reason why Swamiji invited Nivedita to India was to spread education to the women of the country. That's why when Nivedita informed Vivekananda about her planning he felt very excited. He organised a meeting at Balaram Bose’s house on this issue. Many lay devotees of Sri Ramakrishna, including Mastermashay (Sri M., the chronicler of The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna), Suresh Dutta, Haramohan etc. attended this meeting. In this meeting Nivedita explained her plan of the proposed school and requested everyone to send their girls to the school to study. During her speech Vivekananda entered the room and took seat behind everyone. Nivedita did not notice it. But, when Nivedita appealed to collect girl students for the school, she suddenly discovered Vivekananda in the room pushing others and prompting– "Ye, get up, get up! It’s not good enough to just become girls’ fathers. All of you must cooperate in the matter of their education as per national ideals. Stand up and commit. Reply to her appeal. Say, 'We all agree. We shall send our girls to you.'" But no one stood up to support Nivedita's proposal. Finally Vivekananda forced Haramohan to agree to the proposal and behalf of Haramohan Vivekananda promised to send her girls to the school.:21–22
On 13 November 1898, on the day of Kali Puja, at 16 Bosepara Lane in the Bagbazar area of Calcutta, she started the school. The school was inaugurated by Sarada Devi, in the presence of Swami Vivekananda and some of the other disciples of Ramakrishna. Sarada Devi blessed and prayed for the school saying– "I pray that the blessings of the Divine Mother may be upon the school and the girls; and the girls trained from the school may become ideal girls.":22
In 1902, this school became a regular school. In 1903, Sister Christine, an American disciple of Swami Vivekananda joined Sister Nivedita in the work. After the death of Sister Nivedita in October 1911 the school had to face many difficulties. In 1914 Sister Sudhira came forward and took entire responsibility of the school. Since then the school has been governed, maintained and nurtured by a group of self-sacrificing lady workers.
Since 1918, the school was a branch centre of the Ramakrishna Mission. On 9 August 1963, the school was transferred to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, Dakshineswar and thus became a branch centre of that organization (i.e. Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, the school's present name is "Ramkrishna Sarada Mission Sister Nivedita Girls' School").
School's old building is located at 5, Nivedita Lane, Kolkata– 700003 and the industrial building is located at 68A, Ramkanto Bose Street, Kolkata - 700003. In the old building there are 35 rooms and a prayer hall.
There are three sections 1) Primary section, 2) Secondary section and 3) Industrial section.
- Primary section
The primary section has classes I to IV and in the secondary section has classes V to X. A special committee following the Special Rules of the Education Department manages this section.
- Secondary section
- Industrial section
This department was started in 1903 by Sister Nivedita and Sister Christine. At that time it was named Pura-Stree Vibhaga. Here students are taught for free. Different handicrafts like embroidery, tailoring, and toy-making are taught here. Students of this section organise an exhibition of their works every year. This industrial section is affiliated to the Directorate of Cottage and Small Scale Industries, Government of West Bengal since 1949 and they also receive grant from them.
- Free coaching camp
In 1988 the school started free coaching camp for the poor children in the neighbourhood. Coaching classes are held in the Christine Bhavan from 7 am to 9 am four days every week. In these days they are given meal for free. Books and new clothes are also given to the students. The school also organises excursions to different places of interest for the students of this coaching camp.
- Medical camp
Since March 2000, the school conducts a monthly medical camp on regular basis. The camp is held on Sunday of each month in collaboration with the Satberia Village Welfare Mission.
- Computer education
The school has a computer education centre where they have 6 computers including a multi-media. Students of Class V to X get opportunity to use computers here. The school has started computer education for its primary section too. There are 7 computers for this section. The students of classes I to IV of primary section are given opportunity to use these computers.
- Spoken English classes
Since April, 2006, Spoken English classes have been started for the students of classes I to VI. To conduct these classes, five teachers have been appointed by Sri Sarada Math, Rasik Bhita, Shiksha O Sanskriti Peetha, Dakshineswar. Needy students get opportunity to attend these classes for free.
- School magazine
The school's magazine Nivedita Balika Vidyalaya Patrika was published in 2005 and 2008 and since then it is being published every year. Apart from stories, poems, essays and artworks created by the students of the school, a report on extra-curricular activities performed/participated by the students of the school such as excursions, inter-school competitions, cultural programmes is also included.
- Events celebrations
The school celebrates birthdays of eminent personalities like– Krishna (i.e. Janmashtami), Gautama Buddha (i.e. Buddha Purnima), Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda (i.e. National Youth Day (India), Sister Nivedita, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhas Chandra Bose. The school also celebrates festivals like Saraswati Puja, Christmas, Ratha Yatra.
Ramkrishna Sarada Mission Sister Nivedita Girls' School has a book publication house which has published some notable English and Bengali books. Here are some selected notable books published by the school's book publication house–
- Bhagini Nivedita (author: Pravrajika Muktiprana)
- Chotoder Nivedita (author: Pravrajika Muktiprana)
- Niveditake Jemon Dekiyachi (author: Saralabala Sarkar)
- Amritum Gamaya (author: Prvrajika Shraddhaprana)
- Stavagucha (Collection of Hymns)
- Vivek Vani (Teachings of Swami Vivekananda)
- Sister Nivedita (author: Pravrajika Atmaprana)
- The story of Sister Nivedita (author: Pravrajika Atmaprana)
- Nivedita as I saw her (author: Saralabala Sarkar)
- Voice of India (Collections of Sister Nivedita’s quotes)
In 1998 a alumni association "Sister Nivedita Girls’ School Alumni Association" has been founded for the ex-students of the school. Different social, cultural and some religious events are organised by the alumni association on regular basis.
- Indu Ramchandani (2000). Students' Britannica India. Popular Prakashan. pp. 268–. ISBN 978-0-85229-760-5. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Nivedita of India. (1st ed. ed.). Kolkata: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture. 2002. ISBN 81-87332-20-4.
- "Restoration bid for Sister Nivedita's house faces hurdle". Times of India. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "The School's Ideals". RKSM Sister Nivedita Girls School. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "School infrastructure". Sister Nivedita Girls' School. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "School activities". School website. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- List of Piblications, retrieved 2012-10-09
- "Nivedita Girls' School Alumni". School website. Retrieved 9 October 2012.