News Bulletin : 01 December 2020

News Bulletin

 


Personalia

Revered President Maharaj is at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishananda ji was admitted to Seva Pratishthan on 5 November for the treatment of urinary tract infection. He was discharged on 22 November and is recuperating well at Cossipore Math.

Swami Gautamananda ji continues to be in Jayrambati.

Swami Prabhananda ji is at Belur Math.

Swami Shivamayananda ji is at Kankurgachhi Math.

Swami Suhitananda ji is at Belur Math.

All of them are keeping well.


Communication Addresses

Postal Addresses

The correct addresses of the following centres may please be noted.  Changes made in the addresses are indicated by underlining.

Mekhliganj: Ramakrishna Math, Ward No. 1, Near Sub-Divisional Hospital, Mekhliganj, Dt. Cooch Behar, West Bengal 735 304.

Port Blair: Ramakrishna Mission, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744 104.

Rajamahendravaram: Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekananda Road, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Nagar, Rajamahendravaram, Dt. East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh 533 105

Phone/Fax Numbers

Bankura centre has discontinued its telephone number: 25 1254.  It has a new mobile telephone connection: 93390 94534.

Indore centre’s school has a telephone number: 241 4430.

Lalgarh centre has a mobile telephone connection: 94337 09164.

Malda centre has discontinued its telephone number: 25 2479.  It has a new mobile telephone connection: 84328 56443.

Medinipur centre has an additional telephone number: 26 7463; the fax facility which was available on this number has been discontinued.

Mekhliganj centre has discontinued its landline telephone number: 25 5272.  It has a new mobile telephone connection: 75969 14359.

Muzaffarpur centre has discontinued its fax connection: 227 2127.  It has a new mobile telephone connection: 99997 31941.

Mysuru centre has discontinued its fax connections: 428 8842, 251 6000 & 241 2800.  The centre’s Vidyashala has an additional telephone connection: 241 7555.

Narainpur centre has discontinued its fax connection: 25 2393.

Narendrapur Ashrama:

Central Office has discontinued its telephone number 2477 2204 and the fax connection 2477 2070.  It has a new landline telephone connection: 2477 2700.

Higher Secondary School has discontinued its fax connection: 2428 7008.

Industrial Training Centre has a telephone connection: 2477 2441.

Lokasiksha Parishad has discontinued its telephone number 2427 4300.  It has a new telephone connection: 2427 4500 and a fax connection: 2477 2070.

Integrated Rural Development and Management (IRDM) Faculty Centre has telephone connections: 2477 2020 & 2971 1624.

Blind Boys’ Academy has a telephone connection: 2428 7030.

Agricultural Training Centre (ATC) and State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) have a telephone connection: 2477 0715 & a fax connection: 2428 7149.

Patna centre has discontinued its telephone number: 272 1512 and fax number: 272 1368.  The centre’s dispensary has discontinued its telephone number: 272 1514 and obtained new mobile phone numbers: 94712 11466 & 73200 66346.

Port Blair centre has discontinued its fax connection: 23 4538.  It has a new mobile telephone connection: 94342 89964.

Pune centre has an additional telephone number: 2432 5132; the fax facility which was available on this number has been discontinued.

Puri Mission Ashrama has an additional telephone number: 22 2207; the fax facility which was available on this number has been discontinued.

Purulia Vidyapith has discontinued all its landline telephone and fax connections.  Its central office now has a mobile phone number: 96095 35336 and the school: 62972 83340.

Rajamahendravaram centre has an additional landline telephone number: 249 9000 and a mobile telephone connection: 94901 86208.

Rajarhat Bishnupur centre has changed its mobile telephone number from 85828 75158 to 79788 88541.

Rajkot centre has discontinued its fax connection: 248 0404.

Ramharipur centre’s high school has discontinued its landline telephone number: 20 1098 and has obtained a mobile telephone connection: 90023 14696.

Ranchi Morabadi centre has discontinued its fax connection: 255 2427.

Shillong centre has discontinued all its landline telephone connections and obtained the following mobile telephone numbers: Ashrama Office: 98634 11269, Dispensary: 94367 05813 and Vivekananda Cultural Centre: 89742 15740.

Sikra-Kulingram centre has a new mobile telephone connection: 86950 04522.

Swamiji’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, has discontinued its landline telephone number: 2257 0215 and fax connection: 2257 1182.  It has a new mobile telephone connection: 76030 89588.

Email

Narendrapur Ashrama:

Industrial Training Centre has an email id: [email protected].

IRDM Faculty Centre has an email id: [email protected]

ATC and SAMETI have an email id: [email protected]

Purulia Vidyapith school office has an email id: [email protected]

Ramharipur centre’s high school has an email id: [email protected] gmail.com

Email

Barasat Math has discontinued its website: rkmbarasat.org

Jhargram centre has launched a website with address: rkmvmjhargram.org

Madurai Math has launched a website with address: rkmmadurai.org

Malda centre has discontinued its website: rkmmalda.org.  The centre’s school has a website with address rkmvvmmalda.org

Narendrapur Ashrama:

Industrial Training Centre has a website with address: rkmaitc.org

IRDM Faculty Centre has a website with address: narendrapur.rkmvu.ac.in

Blind Boys’ Academy has a website with address: rkmbba.org

ATC and SAMETI have a website with address: sametiwb.org

Nattarampalli centre has a website with address srkmnattarampalli.org.in

Rajamahendravaram centre has changed its website address from <rkmmrjy.org> to rkmrajahmundry.org

Ramharipur centre’s high school has a website with address: www.rkmissionramharipur.in

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Jamtara Math celebrated its centenary on 1 November with special worship and inauguration of the newly built kitchen-cum-dining-hall block, named Shivananda Prasad Bhavan.

Sri Badal Patralekh, Agriculture Minister, Government of Jharkhand, participated as the chief guest in the workshop on farming held at Ranchi Morabadi Ashrama on 12 November.

On the occasion of its centenary, Gadadhar Ashrama conducted special worship and devotional music on 17 November.

The new dialysis unit at Kankhal Sevashrama was inaugurated on 19 November.


The annual convocation of RKMVERI (deemed university) was held on the university’s Belur campus on 26 November.  Degrees and diplomas were awarded to 289 candidates from Belur, Narendrapur and Ranchi campuses of the university.  Owing to the pandemic, most students attended the programme online.  The General Secretary, who is also the Chancellor of the university, addressed the convocation through a recorded video.


The new multipurpose hall and dining-hall on the Nagachi campus of Ramanathapuram centre were inaugurated on 27 November.  The campus is located at a distance of 15 km from Ramanathapuram town and lies on the way to Rameshwaram.

Values Education and Youth Programmes

Delhi centre conducted 13 online workshops on values education from 30 October to 24 November. In all, 1024 teachers from different parts of India attended these workshops.  It also held two webinars on the same subject on 27 and 28 October in which 111 principals and vice-principals took part.

Hyderabad Math conducted an online contest on the booklet The Ideal Woman on 15 November in which 6882 students from all over the country participated.

News of Branch Centres (outside India)

Durga Puja (in the image) was performed at Durban (South Africa) centre, Lusaka (Zambia) centre, Mauritius Ashrama, and 14 centres in Bangladesh, namely Baliati, Barisal, Chandpur, Chittagong, Comilla, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Faridpur, Habiganj, Jessore, Mymensingh, Narayanganj, Rangpur and Sylhet, and at the Narail sub-centre of Jessore Ashrama.

The new Vivekananda Hall at Dublin centre, Ireland, was inaugurated on 28 October.

Obituaries

We record with sorrow the passing away of two of our brother-monks.

Swami Satyasthananda

Swami Satyasthananda (Swapan), head of Shimla centre, passed away suddenly on the evening of 7 November in a road accident.  On the fateful day, he had gone to Ambala Cantonment railway station to catch a train to Lucknow but was met with an accident near the railway station.  He was 63.  Initiated by Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1984 at Shillong centre and received sannyasa diksha from Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj in 1993.  He served at the headquarters’ Law and Estate departments and at Shillong, Coimbatore Mission and Sikra-Kulingram centres as an assistant and at Silchar and Shimla centres as the head.  He was also in charge of the Pre-probationers’ Training Centre (PPTC) at Belur Math for some years.  A good sportsman in his pre-monastic days, he also had keen interest in music, and delighted in singing devotional songs and kirtans and in playing tabla and pakhawaj.  Jovial and sociable by nature, he endeared himself to all who came in contact with him.

Swami Durgeshwarananda

Swami Durgeshwarananda ji (Nirmal Maharaj) expired at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata, on 30 November at 10 pm.  He was 79 and had been suffering from various old-age ailments for the last few years.  Initiated by Swami Nirvananandaji Maharaj, he joined the order in 1967 at Belur Math and received sannyasa diksha from Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj in 1978.  He served the order at Kamarpukur, Rahara, Chandigarh, Vrindaban, Kanpur and Barisha centres. Owing to his ill health, he was brought to Arogya Bhavan, Belur Math, a few days back.  The swami was accommodative and amiable by nature.

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