News of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission : 1 January 2016

News of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission : 1 January 2016


Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  There is no significant change in his health condition.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Kankurgachhi and Baghbazar centres from 4 to 23 January.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Antpur from 13 to 19 January, and Mumbai from 23 to 29 January.  Now at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Baranagar Mission Ashrama from 2 to 5 January, and Gol Park and Mumbai centres from 13 to 24 January.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.


The 106th Annual General Meeting of the Ramakrishna Mission was held at Belur Math on Sunday, 27 December.  Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Mission, chaired the meeting. [Link to Photo Gallery]

Communication Addresses

Email IDs: The following centres have got new email ids shown against their names:

Centre / Centre’s Department New ID
Batticaloa (sub-centre of Colombo Ashrama, Sri Lanka) [email protected]
Berkeley (USA) [email protected]
Colombo (Sri Lanka) [email protected]
Dhaka (Bangladesh) [email protected]
Garbeta [email protected]
Limbdi [email protected]
Mysuru [email protected]
Mysuru, RIMSE [email protected]
Mysuru, Vidyashala [email protected]
Saradapitha [email protected]
Saradapitha, Sikshanamandira [email protected]
Vadodara [email protected]
Varanasi Advaita Ashrama [email protected]

Website Addresses:

Dhaka (Bangladesh) centre has launched a website with a new address <>.  The high school of the centre has launched a website with address <>.

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The newly refurbished 20-bed ICU at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata, for non-cardiac patients was inaugurated on 20 November.

Sri Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, inaugurated the two-day National Symposium of Acupuncture Association of India at Lucknow Sevashrama on 5 December.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, consecrated the renovated temple, with new portraits of the Holy Trio, at Manasadwip Ashrama on 7 December.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed monks’ quarters at Cooch Behar centre on 9 December.

As a part of the yearlong programme to mark the centenary of Prabuddhakeralam, the Malayalam monthly brought out by Thrissur centre, a meeting of monks was held on 12 December.  About 35 monks belonging to different religious orders attended it.

Salem Ashrama conducted two values education programmes at two colleges in Salem district from 17 to 22 December.  In all, 555 students attended the programmes.

On 20 December, Rajahmundry centre conducted a free medical camp at Rampachodavaram, a place mostly inhabited by tribal people.  A team of fifteen doctors, including a few specialists, treated 606 patients in the camp.

Medinipur centre conducted a free medical camp on the premises of a school in a backward area under Narayangarh block in Paschim Medinipur district, on 24 December.  Thirteen doctors, including two pediatricians, one gynecologist and one dentist, treated 658 patients.  In all, 129 patients underwent ECG and blood sugar tests.

Belgharia Students’ Home held the first phase of its yearlong centenary celebration from 24 to 27 December.  Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the programme comprising public meetings, release of the commemorative volume, a procession, a photo exhibition and cultural events.  Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, besides about 350 monks, 500 former students and 2500 devotees, attended the programme.

The newly constructed extension to the dispensary building at Kozhikode (Calicut) centre was inaugurated on 25th December.

Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka, visited Mysuru centre, on 26 December.

A visually challenged student of Swami Shivananda Higher Secondary School of Coimbatore Vidyalaya secured National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities – 2015 from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, for his outstanding performance as a creative child with disabilities.  Sri Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister, presented the award comprising a certificate, a medal and a cash prize of fifty thousand rupees on 3 December, International Disability Day.

A student of Bhubaneswar High School won an award in the national-level essay competition conducted last year by Tata Building India, New Delhi.  The award, comprising a certificate, a camera and a laptop, was handed over to him in a function held at Delhi on 4 December.

Students of the Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa unit being run by Darjeeling centre won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 11 bronze medals in different categories in the District Taekwondo (a Korean martial art) Championship held by Darjeeling Police on 12 and 13 December.

Three students of the Boys’ & Girls’ Higher Secondary Schools of Chengalpattu centre who had excelled in a national-level recitation competition on Thirukkural (a Tamil classic composed by Thiruvalluvar) participated in the Thirukkural in Parliament event held at the Parliament House, New Delhi, on 17 December.  Each of them was awarded a memento, a medal and a certificate; the schools were also given mementos.  The competition was organized by Students and Youth for Thiruvalluvar.

The following centres conducted Eye Care Programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl. Centre Dates Persons checked Specs given Surgeries performed
  1 Khetri Sep – Oct 13,202 children 1466
  2 Lucknow December 2764 children 34
  3 Ranchi Morabadi 17 Nov – 18 Dec 2160 children and 580 adults 37 11

The following centres conducted free eye camps:



Centre Dates

of camps


checked / treated

Specs given Surgeries
no. performed at
   1 Bankura 27 Nov-28 Dec 551 65 163 Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Halasuru November 240 75 75 A hospital in Bengaluru
   3 Jamshedpur 1 Nov-19 Dec 266 73 201 A hospital in Jamshedpur
   4 Kamarpukur Nov# – Dec 802 181 118 Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
   5 Khetri December 215 52 An eye hospital in Jaipur
   6 Lucknow December 2094 324 Our Lucknow hospital
   7 Madurai 21 December 227 3 40 An eye hospital in Madurai
   8 Medinipur 24 December 166 34 A hospital in Medinipur
   9 Naora 4 Oct & 21 Dec 429 34 70 A hospital in Dt. South 24 Paraganas
 10 Porbandar 25 December 93 30 An eye hospital in Porbandar
 11 Rajahmundry 6, 7 & 20 Dec 226 51 30 A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 12 Rajkot 15 December 302 69 Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 13 Salem 22 Nov-20 Dec 586 121 80 An eye hospital in Salem
 14 Silchar December 312 26 65 Two hospitals in Silchar

# excluding the mega eye camp held on 29 November (vide December 2015 Bulletin)

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Bhava Prasar Samsad in a function held at Dhaka centre on 4 December.  The Samsad will function in Bangladesh on the same lines as the Bhava Prachar Parishad in India.

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