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Introduction (Evening College)
The Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College occupies a place of prominence among the educational activities of the Ramakrishna Mission in India. It was formally opened on 21st June 1946.
The Evening College was started in 1974 with 140 students, with a view to meet the demand for certain courses of study such as Computer Science, Commerce and Bio-Chemistry.
The College has quite spacious rooms for Theory and Practical classes. The College has a lush green turf cricket ground, tennis courts and a gymnasium with state of the art equipment. It also has well-equipped computer laboratories and internet facilities.
Monks of erudition, experience and vision have headed the Managing Committee. Swami Kailashanandaji Maharaj, President, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, was the first President of the Managing Committee. Eminent Academicians and scholars, scientists and mathematicians of global repute have been the Principals of the College.
Based on Swami Vivekananda's principle of combining science and spirituality, this college, while offering courses of study which would enable the students to make a decent living and stand on their own feet, also caters to the total needs of a student in terms of his personality development. "The ideal of service of man in the spirit of worship of God as a way of manifestation of one's own divinity and the idea of the class room as a place of workship of the divine sparks in the students by the blazing fire of divinity in the teacher through the imparting of knowledge and counselling" is stressed in this college. The various programmes offered in the college aim at this holistic approach.
Swami Vivekananda’s Philosophy of man-making education forms the basis and directive principle of our course–content. The syllabi of our courses have been framed with a view to mould the character and skills of the students and to enable them to become good, productive and dutiful citizens. At the beginning of every semester the faculty prepare a lesson plan. The lesson plan is perodically reviewed for ensuring its implementation and necessary changes are made whenever required.
The College supplements the lecture method of teaching with other learner centered teaching methods such as interactive participative dialogue, participation in seminars, quizzes, group discussions, debates, language skill development programmes, visits to premier institutions of advanced learning, audio visual programmes etc.
The College through its foundation courses in English and other languages and the training and guidance provided in writing, reviewing and presentation on various platform trains the students in a holistic manner.
Students of the College haul in honours both in academic and in co-curricular activities. University ranks in academics and University blues in sports are a handsome number. More than half the faculty are doctrates. Many faculty have taken part in International seminars in different countries. Some have been visiting professors at foreign universities. There is international recognition for the departments and academic-industrial interface has a healthy history.
The College has a reputation for maintaining exemplary disclipline in the campus and for achieving consistently high standards of academic performance.
The Evening colleges is affiliated to the University of Madras and offer instruction in English medium and admit only men students. The UGC granted autonomy to this institution from the academic year 2004-2005 for all the courses affiliated to the University of Madras.
In 2003, the institution was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, New Delhi. The college was granted autonomous status to all undergraduate and postgraduate courses up to M.Phil, by the University Grants Commission, in 2004-2005. With the conferment of autonomy, the College is striving its best to impart holistic education rather than mere academic knowledge and skills.
During the academic year 2005-06, two new courses B.Com in Accounting and Finance and B.Com in Bank Management were added.
The Evening College offers eight UG programmes and two PG programmes.
The college has made a name for itself in the realm of higher education. It has carved out a niche in the hearts of the people of Chennai which can be witnessed at the commencement of every academic year.
The College has strong Industry-Institute link with companies like SPIC, Amurtanjan, HP etc.
- Secretary and Rector: Swami Shukadevananda
- Monastic-in-Charge: Br. Bodhatmachaitanya
- Principal: Dr.S.Swaminathan, M.Sc., Ph.D., Reader, HOD
- Controller of Examinations: Dr.R. Ramachandran, M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D.