• Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.
  • We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one's own feet.
  • It is culture that withstands shocks, not a mass of knowledge. You can put a mass of knowledge into the world, but that will not do it much good. There must come culture into the blood. ....

Vivekananda Jnanapeeth - Proposed Project

Project Overview

Vivekananda Jnanapeeth would be a Centre for imparting knowledge of Indian and foreign languages, soft skills and life skills as well as values, to all members of the society in order to bring about attitudinal and behavioural changes in youth and adults, learners and teachers, children and parents, entrepreneurs and employees for an all-round development.

To educate our children and youth with Swami Vivekananda’s man-making, nation building and character building ideas, and to help them develop a total personality to become good citizens of India, is the main objective of Ramakrishna Math - Pune in starting ‘Vivekananda Jnanapeeth’ in the Math premises.

Swamiji’s Vision :

Swami Vivekananda’s main emphasis was on man-making, the holistic development of human personality. His memorable words were :

“ The aim of this institution is to make men and women. ... You must have this new method - the method of man-making. The true man is he who is strong as strength itself and yet possesses a woman’s heart. You must feel for the millions of beings around you, and yet you must be strong and flexible and you must also possess obedience; though it may seem a little paradoxical - you must possess these apparently conflicting virtues. ... You must be free as the air, and as obedient as this plant and the dog. “

Swamiji’s Vision of an ideal human personality was the harmonious development of the faculties of feeling, thinking and willing - heart, head and hand: “heart to feel, brains to conceive, hands to work.” He wanted this man-making programme particularly for the youth of our country so that we would have strong, energetic, young men and women, sincere to the backbone, of impeccable character and unimpeachable integrity.

Swamiji said : “ A hundred thousand men and women, fired with the zeal of holiness, fortified with eternal faith in the Lord, and nerved to lion’s courage by their sympathy for the poor and the fallen and the downtrodden, will go over the length and breadth of the land, preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social raising-up, the gospel of equality.”

Foundation Stone Laying :

The foundation stone for the ‘Vivekananda Jnanapeeth’ was laid on 7th January, 2016 by Shri. Devendraji Fadnavis, Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the presence of Sri Girishji Bapat, Honourable Minister and Palak Mantri of Pune. This has been an encouraging beginning to our plans for bringing about a positive transformation in the younger generation. In Pune, we have a sizeable youth population because of the IT sector and reputed educational Institutions. Our youth have infinite potential; the need is to boost their confidence by providing them the right kind of training, which is the aim of the Jnanapeeth.

The Three Branches of Vivekananda Jnanapeeth :

To train our youth in various fields, the Vivekananda Jnanapeeth will have three branches:

  • Sister Nivedita School of Languages
  • Vivekananda School of Human Excellence
  • Vivekananda School of Culture

The Jnanapeeth will run regular courses for youth, children, teachers, students, government employees, corporate employees, professionals, social leaders and others.

The Jnanapeeth will offer different courses in the following subjects: Indian Culture, Philosophy, Sanskrit Language, Yoga, Meditation, Vedanta, Music, Psychology, Leadership Skills, Communication Skills, Concentration of the Mind, Self-Confidence, Work Ethics, Moral Values, Personality Development, Emotional Stability, Inter-Human Relationships, Indian and Foreign Languages, and so on.

It is our conviction that the youth trained in this Institute will be able to give their valuable contribution to fulfil Swamiji’s dream of rebuilding a great and glorious India of the future. The generous help of socially responsible citizens will make these ideas acquire concrete shape. We request you to contribute whole-heartedly to this worthy cause.

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Sister Nivedita School of Languages

Our youth are very intelligent and hard working. To develop India we need to supplement our ancient wisdom with Western science and technology. It was Swami Vivekananda who encouraged and inspired Sri Jamshetji Tata to start the Institute of Science and heavy industries in India. He also brought an Irish educationist, Margaret Nobel, later named Sister Nivedita, to impart education to Indian women. Vivekananda believed that right education will make our youth global citizens in the true sense of the term.

Our youth need to interact with people of other regions and nations to acquire knowledge of science and technology. They have to learn about different cultures so that they can adapt themselves to any place in this global village of the twenty-first century. For all this, knowledge of languages is essential.

If our youth are lagging behind it is because their competence in languages other than their mother-tongue is very poor. Had Vivekananda spoken in his mother-tongue at the Chicago Parliament of Religions, he would not have been understood. The impeccable English he spoke made the whole world situp and take note. The colonised India of 1893 won the respect of world leaders for the first time after hearing Vivekananda’s English speech at the Chicago Parliament and subsequently in Europe and America. It is clear that the only barrier to the success of our younger people is, therefore, language and they should immediately overcome this barrier.

There will be two-year course consisting of 4 semesters 1) Basic level 2) Junior level 3) Senior level and 4) Advance level. The knowledge of languages will help our youth in their reading, writing and speaking skills in particular languages, which will boost their confidence to live successfully in a global world; they will also overcome their fear of communicating in different languages and get rid off their inferiority complex.

The estimated cost of Sister Nivedita School of Languages is Rs. 11 crore.

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Vivekananda School of Human Excellence

Knowledge of different languages will throw open wonderful job opportunities for our youth throughout the world. Along with languages they need to acquire certain soft skills to improve their quality of work while handling responsible positions. A person with skills will always be successful in every field of life. To equip our youth with soft skills such as Leadership, Problem solving and Decision making, Verbal and Non-verbal communication, Social or People skills, Stress, Change and Conflict Management skills, Self-management, Time management, Mind management, Emotional Intelligence, etc., we are starting Vivekananda School of Human Excellence.

Students and teachers, parents and children, youth and older people, government and corporate employees will all be ben-efited by participating in these courses. This Institute will help people to become efficient and effective performers in professional and personal life. While defining education Swami Vivekananda said, ‘Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in Man.’ Languages will help them to interact with people and skills will help them to enhance their efficiency at the workplace. These days employers want people whose soft skills are well developed. They say that it is possible to give training in technical skills after recruitment but soft skills has become a prerequisite for getting and retaining a good position in the job market.

The estimated cost of Vivekananda School of Human Excellence is Rs. 9 crore.

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Vivekananda School of Culture

Knowledge of different languages and soft skills in different fields will make a person perfect. But the most important aspect is change in attitude. Many times we find even skilled people indulging in unethical practices. Absence of human values gives rise to criminal tendencies in people. Today India is facing various challenges, such as corruption, violence, fanaticism, terrorism, crime against women, exploitation and so on. This is the result of the degeneration of human values. Swami Vivekananda said, ‘We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on his own feet.’ This wing of our Jnanapeeth will inculcate among youth man-making, character building and nation building ideas of Swami Vivekananda. Humanistic, ethical and moral values - such as patriotism, unselfishness, love and sympathy for the poor, a spirit of service and dedication, sincerity, honesty, loyalty, truthfulness, compassion for suffering humanity, respect for elders and care of aged-parents, self-discipline, self-control, fearlessness and courage, practice of meditation and yoga, self-confidence, respect for women and many such topics will be taught in this wing. Improvement in values and its practical application to all spheres of life alone will bring peace and happiness to human life. Vivekananda School of Culture will particularly focus on these aspects of the human personality.

The estimated cost of Vivekananda School of Culture is Rs. 10 crore.

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Appeal

Our appeal therefore, is to those who love their culture and their country and have the means to show their sympathy practically by helping the cause. Never mind if your contribution is only a mite, your help only a little; ‘Blades of grass united into a rope will hold in confinement the maddest of elephants’ -- says the old proverb.

Donations to Ramakrishna Math are exempt from Income Tax under section 80G.
Kindly mention your PAN Number if the donation is more than Rs.5000/-. You may send your contribution through cheque or Demand Draft in favour of ‘Ramakrishna Math, Pune’ and address it to, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Near Dandekar Bridge, Sinhagad Road, Pune 411030 (Maharashtra). You can also send your contribution through NEFT Transfer to our account.
Bank A/c No. 20124916999,
Bank of Maharashtra, Pune
RTGS/NEFT/IFSC – MAHB0001351
MICR Code – 411014093
Branch Code: 1351
E-mail : rkmpune@gmail.com
Website : www.rkmpune.org

(In case of NEFT transfer please email your name, amount, postal address, PAN number, phone and transfer details to E-mail: rkmpune@gmail.com. This is required for our accounting purposes)

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