Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (August 2012)|
"Atmano Mokshartham Jagaddhitayaya Cha"(For the salvation of thyself and for the welfare of the universe.)
|Type||Government Aided Degree College|
|Location||Belur Math, West Bengal, India|
|Affiliations||University of Calcutta|
The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira is a fully residential degree college for boys affiliated to the University of Calcutta founded in 1941 by the Ramakrishna Mission. The name 'Vidyamandira' was given by Swami Vivekananda in 1898 who had envisioned such an institution modeled on the ancient Indian 'Gurukula' system. Swami Vimuktanandaji and Swami Tejasanandaji Maharajs were the first Secretary and the first principal, respectively, of this premier institute of higher learning.
It was accredited 'A+' grade by the NAAC, India in 2005. In 2013 the college was re-accredited by NAAC with CGPA 3.120 out of 4 according to the present gradation policy. At the very beginning, it started as an intermediate arts college. In the year between 1945 to 1946, the college got affiliation in commerce and science subjects. It was upgraded into a three-year degree college from July 1960. The higher secondary section was added in September 1978 and later on discontinued as per the West Bengal state government policy. In the year 1994, two new courses, B.Sc (Major) in Computer Applications and Industrial Chemistry commenced under the UGC scheme of vocationalization of degree education. B.Sc (Major) in Computer Application was changed to B.Sc Computer Science Honours course in 2009 academic session. Postgraduate courses in Bengali, Sanskrit, Mathematics and Applied Chemistry have been introduced recently.From 2013 July academic session postgraduate course in Philosophy was introduced.[when?]
In April, 2010 the University Grants Commission recognized Vidyamandira as a 'Centre of Potential for Excellence' (CPE); in June, 2010 Vidyamandira was awarded with 'Autonomous' status in academic affairs, implying that Vidyamandira will be able to frame the syllabi, introduce new courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, formulate teaching-learning-evaluation methods and offer degrees of it own.
At present 13 undergraduate and 3 postgraduate courses are offered. Vidyamandira offers B.A. and B.Sc. Honours Courses in 13 subjects and M.A. and M.Sc. courses in 4 subjects.
- Departments offering science courses
- Mathematics (Honours, Postgraduate and P.hd)
- Physics (Honours)
- Chemistry (Honours)
- Microbiology (Honours)
- Industrial Chemistry (Honours)
- Computer Science (Honours)
- Applied Chemistry (Postgraduate)
- Departments offering humanities and social sciences courses
- Bengali (Honours, Postgraduate and P.hd)
- Sanskrit (Honours and Postgraduate)
- English (Honours)
- Philosophy (Honours and Postgraduate)
- Political Science (Honours)
- History (Honours)
- Economics (Honours and P.hd)
- Statistics (General Course Only)
- Electronics (General Course Only)
There are around 600 students enrolled in this college. The students have to stay at five hostels at the sprawling campus: 'Shree', 'Vidya', 'Vinay', 'Vivek' and 'Shraddha'. These hostels are called "Bhavanas". They are expected to lead a disciplined life under the supervision of the monastic members of the Ramakrishna order while at the college.