Jubilee celebrations at RKM
Narendrapur: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi inaugurated the diamond jubilee prize distribution ceremony of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur, on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's programme was part of the four-day event to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, along with the diamond jubilee celebration of the Vidyalaya (school) and the golden jubilee of the industrial training centre. The event kicked off on the Narendrapur campus on Friday.
Tripathi awarded a prize to Moinak Jana who secured the ninth position in Madhyamik last year and to Upamanyu Chakrabarty who secured the second position in Higher Secondary.
Chakrabarty's mother collected the award on his behalf.
The governor stressed on Swami Vivekananda's motto of building character through education.
Swami Suviranandaji Maharaj, general secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, was among the other speakers on Sunday.
Swami Smaranandaji Maharaj, president, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, had inaugurated the platinum jubilee celebration of the Ashrama on Friday afternoon.
Swami Shivamaynandaji, vice-president, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, had inaugurated the diamond jubilee celebration of the Vidyalaya that day.
Before these inaugurations, education minister and alumnus of the school Partha Chatterjee had inaugurated the annual Vidyalaya exhibition.
Sandipan Maharaj, the headmaster of the Vidyalaya, said the school had produced countless stalwarts since its inception in 1958.
Swami Balbhadrananda, assistant general secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, was the guest of honour on Friday.
He gave the keynote address on "Ramakrishna Missioner Sikshar Prabha".
Purnendu Basu, minister of technical education, had inaugurated the golden jubilee celebration of the industrial training centre on Friday.
The centre conducts short-term vocational courses under the Bengal state council of technical and vocational education and skill development.
The centre has helped school dropouts since its start in 1967, Ritesh Maharaj, the principal coordinator and monk in charge of the centre, said.
Th`e centre provides industrial training in eight disciplines, including refrigeration, automobile mechanics, and maintenance and repair of electrical domestic appliances. Calcutta mayor Sovan Chatterjee was present on the occasion on Sunday.