The Vision and Hope of Swami Vivekananda
Addressing the public of Madras on 14th of February 1897, on the topic “The Future of India”, Swami Vivekananda said:
“Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library. If education is identical with information, the libraries are the greatest sages in the world, and encyclopedias are the Rishis. The ideal, therefore, is that we must have the whole education of our country, spiritual and secular, in our hands, and it must be on national lines, through national methods as far as practical. Of course this is a very big scheme, a very big plan. I do not know whether it will ever work out. Young men of Madras, my hope is in you. Will you respond to the call of your nation? Each one of you has a glorious future if you dare believe me. Have a tremendous faith, in yourselves, like the faith I had when I was a child, and which I am working out now. Have that faith, each one of you, in yourself that eternal power is lodged in every soul and you will revive the whole of India.”
Education is not merely filling the brain with information that may remain undigested. Education should bring in all-round development of the students and make them worthy citizens of country.
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 worship 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.
Secretary: Swami Shukadevananda
Evening College In-Charge: Swami Muktimayananda
Evening College Timing: 2.15 Noon to 7.30 P.M
The College Office of the Evening College functions from 10.00 am to 7.30 pm.
Office Superintendent: Sri N. Srinivasan., B.A
Contact Number: 044-24993057