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The advent of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is the starting point of the renaissance in India. Swami Vivekananda, the illustrious disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, gave the first impetus to it by starting the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897. The Mission is endeavouring to realise its aims through its centres numbering more than two hundred in India and abroad. The Chennai centre is one of the oldest having been started in 1897. The Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College is a unit of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Chennai, which is a branch centre of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, West Bengal. It occupies a place of pre-eminence among the Educational Institutions of the Mission in India. On an auspicious day of 21st June 1946, Swami Kailashanandaji Maharaj, the then President of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai ceremoniously inaugurated the College. In a public function held on 1st July 1946, the Professor, Philosopher, and President of India-to-be, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan dedicated the College to the cause of quality education with 20 teachers and 339 students.
Imbued with the spiritual ambience Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Chennai, through its all units, has been endeavouring for more than 75 years to impart the man-making and character-building education as envisaged by Swami Vivekananda.
Here, every effort is aimed to develop a man’s life at various levels like the physical, mental, intellectual, moral and spiritual. Such a simultaneous and harmonious all-round development will help an individual to attain the summum bonum of life — which is to realise the oneness of all existence. The College offers special programmes like Religion Classes and Swami Vivekananda Study Circle classes which aim at giving the students an insight into spirituality in its Universal Form as propounded by Sri Ramakrishna and practically illustrated by his own life and teachings.
Inculcation of value-based education by encouraging every individual to develop self-confidence, faith in oneself, and concern for fellow beings as exemplified in the life-giving message of Swami Vivekananda is the ideal of this Institution.