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SBI gifts Rs 2cr to Matri Bhavan

A 10-bed treatment facility for women set up by Ramakrishna Mission in 1950 and later handed over to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission got a shot in the arm from the State Bank of India on Thursday.

Bank chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya on Thursday handed over a cheque for Rs 2 crore to the general secretary of Sarada Mission, Pravrajika Amalaprana, for the construction of Vivekananda Educational Complex, which will house a school of nursing.

The complex is part of the Mission’s hospital, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Matri Bhavan. It is coming up on a plot adjoining the Tollygunge facility.

SBI officials said this was the first time the bank was helping an institute for a construction project. “Such grant is usually given for procuring equipment. We have deviated from the policy because of the significance of the project and the contribution of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission,” said a bank official.

“Swami Vivekananda believed in emancipation of women and the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission has been working towards it. From a mere 10 beds, Matri Bhavan today has emerged as a full-fledged hospital with 100 beds,” said Pravrajika Amalaprana. “We have been facing difficulty with the school of nursing, which is aimed at promoting poor, meritorious students. I thank you dear sister for the help.”

“The SBI has been doing community activities aimed at imparting health and education to the poor and the uplift of the girl child. This one donation covers all the above,” said Bhattacharya, who flew in from Mumbai. “We have received more out of this donation than by giving it and we remain committed to serving you in future.”

The Vivekananda Educational Complex will be four-storeyed with a basement. It will have classrooms, a hall for doctors to hold academic sessions and space for imparting vocational training to underprivileged women.

Ramakrishna Mission had opened Matri Bhavan in a south Calcutta lane on October 13, 1950. Within two years, the hospital added six beds taking the total figure to 16. In 1961, the hospital was transferred to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission and it was renamed Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Matri Bhavan. The bed count touched 100 in 2006.