About Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, accorded permission to the Ramakrishna Mission to start a deemed university named the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute by a Gazette Notification dated 5 January 2005. Later, the University was renamed as “Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University”. The formal inauguration took place on 4 July 2005, Swami Vivekananda’s Mahasamadhi day.
Swami Vivekananda envisioned that Belur Math would be a centre of great harmony and synthesis, not only of all religious beliefs and traditions, but also of arts and sciences and the various branches of knowledge, both secular and spiritual. It would be the centre of great spiritual and cultural awakening.
Aims and Objectives
The Vision: The present university is intended to actualize Swami Vivekananda’s fundamental educational ideas of imparting life-building, man-making and character building education by combining the best elements of the East and the West. The aim of the institute is to provide opportunities for education and research in the disciplines of arts, sciences and spiritual studies. Value education will therefore be an essential component in all the courses.
The University is an international university that could operate through and from any of the branch-centres of Ramakrishna Mission in India and abroad. It is a cluster of institutions, all of them belonging to branches of Ramakrishna Mission, with headquarters at Belur Math, District Howarh, West Bengal.
The Major Thrust Areas:
To start with, four major thrust areas were chosen because these have received little emphasis in any of the other conventional universities in India. They are thus the gap-areas in which the present university would operate.
Disability Management and Special Education
Integrated Rural Development including Tribal Development
Indian Cultural & Spiritual Heritage and Value Education
Disaster Management including Relief and Rehabilitation
Adapted Physical Education and Yoga
Specialized Faculty Centres & Schools:
School of Indian Heritage at Belur Main Campus & Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral house, Kolkata
School of Mathematical Sciences at Belur Main Campus & Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral house, Kolkata
School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Belur Main Campus & Ramakrishna Mission campuses at Kolkata
Faculty of Integrated Rural Development and Management (IRDM), Narendrapur
Faculty of Integrated Rural & Tribal Development and Mangement (IRTDM), Jharkhand
Faculty of Disability Mangement & Special Education (DMSE), Coimbatore
Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoya (GAPEdY), Coimbatore
About Coimbatore Campus
The Board of Management of the University in its meeting held on 02.07.2006 adopted a resolution to start a new Faculty in Physical Education with focus on Adapted Physical Education and Yoga at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore. For this purpose, the Faculty Centre for Disability Management and Special Education (FDMSE), and the Maruth College of Physical Education (MCPE), already functioning at Coimbatore, will collaborate with the new Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (FGAPEdY).
The FDMSE & FGAPEdY is located in the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, a major educational centre of the Ramakrishna Mission. The Vidyalaya is situated 19 kms from Coimbatore City on the highway to Ootacamund, and is set in a serene environment spread over nearly 300 acres. The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, was started in 1930 with an investment of Rs. 5.75 and one harijan boy on its roll. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, laid the foundation stone of the Vidyalaya in 1934. The Vidyalaya was affiliated to the Ramakrishna Mission in January 1935. Over a period of more than 75 years, the Vidyalaya has grown into a comprehensive and reputed complex with 15 educational institutions training over 6250 students at any given time, offering them facilities for education ranging from the pre-school to the doctoral levels.