About Vidyapith

A Home Away From Home

The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia, was established in the year 1958 with the object of giving a practical and concrete shape to some of the educational ideas of Swami Vivekananda. Education, in order to be effective and fruitful, must be man-making, that is it must bring about total and integrated development of the body, mind and spirit. In this context Vivekananda prescribed the ancient Gurukula system of education. The Vidyapith has adopted this system suited and adopted to modern conditions of life.

The Past

Consequent of the re-organization of States on the linguistic basis, a part of Manbhum, earlier in Bihar, earmarked as Purulia was annexed to West Bengal in 1956. Dr. B.C.Roy, the then Chief Minister drew up a programme for vitalisation of the newly created district of Purulia and made an offer to Ramakrishna Mission for organising an educational institution in this district. The Mission authorities accepted the offer and deputed to Purulia a team of Sannyasins and Brahmacharins headed by Swami Hiranmayananda to organize an extension of the Mission institution at Deoghar in Bihar (presently Jharkhand). A suitable site was selected in the Bongabari village about 3 kms. away from Purulia town beset with din and bustle of urban life. Thus the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith at Purulia started its journey as a residential Higher Secondary Multipurpose school, with Science, Technical and Humanities Streams in 1958 with class IX. The Fine Arts and Agriculture streams were added to it in 1959 and 1961 respectively.

The Purulia centre was thus an extension of the Deoghar Vidyapith. Soon thereafter circumstances became so compelling as to persuade the Mission authorities to organize a full-fledged residential school independent of Deoghar branch. In 1964, classes IV through VIII were added to the existing classes of IX through XI.

The Present

The school follows the curriculum prescribed by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Examination for Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinations. There is provision for instructing boys through both Bengali and English mediums in separate sections in all classes from V through XII.

A School with a Difference

The indefatigable energy, vast imagination and devotion of the founder-secretary Swami Hiranmayananda and the valuable assistance of his co-workers not only helped Vidyapith develop into one of the finest institutions of the world but also gave it a distinct character. Thanks to the work of great artists like Ramananda Bandyopadhyay and Sunil Pal, the different structures bear testimony to the glorious heritage of Indian art and architecture and also express certain ideas embodying rich Indian traditions fused with modern ideas as desired by Swami Vivekananda. The central activity of vidyapith is around a residential school. But the school, including its brilliant academic performance over the years, is never limited to academics. It imparts man-making and character-building education. It provides ultimate care to manifest the perfection already present in each individual. Swami Vivekananda defined education that way - Vidyapith works to achieve that goal.