History of Ramakrishna Mission Shilpapitha

One day, in 1956, Dr. D. M. Sen and Sri A. C. Sen, the then Education Secretary and the Chief Inspector, Technical Education, West Bengal, respectively, came to see the Students' Home Secretary. After initial formalities, Dr. Sen made the offer that the Government would take the entire financial responsibility if the Students' Home agreed to run a Technical Institute here. The Secretary had no difficulty in accepting this offer. For, several decades ago, perhaps in 1919, His Holiness the revered Swami Brahmanandaji had one day told Swami Nirvedananda, then Suren Babu, "Can you start a Vocational College?" This behest of Raja Maharaj (Swami Brahmanandaji was popularly called so), the first President of our Order was always fresh in the memory of the Students' Home workers. Now here was a golden opportunity to carry out his behest. So the Secretary readily agreed to the proposal but on condition that he would at first have a full knowledge of the scheme as contemplated by the Government.

Soon a full scheme was prepared in consultation with the Chief Inspector, Technical Education, Mr. A. C. Sen, and on the 1st of June, 1957, the foundation of the main building of the proposed Technical Institution was laid by Srimat Swami Madhavanandaji Maharaj, then General Secretary of our Math and Mission. A little over a year after, on July 25, 1958, Swami Madhavanandaji Himself performed the ceremonial opening of the Shilpapitha. Thus was started a polytechnic, called the Ramakrishna Mission Shilpapitha, to teach the students three-year diploma courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Originally, it was meant for 540 students, though now its roll-strength has gone up to 720. Its official opening, however, took place sometime later on December 13, 1959. It was performed by Union Minister, Professor Humayun Kabir. It was a very impressive occasion attended by a large number of distinguished persons. On this occasion Dr. D. M. Sen unveiled an oil painting of Swami Nirvedananda in the Collage Library.

The Institution's Motto

The Ramakrishna Mission makes an honest effort to practise the ideal "Service to Humanity is Service to God" given by Swami Vivekananda. At Ramakrishna Mission Shilpapitha, Belgharia, Kolkata 700056, we are translating the ideal since 1958 by providing a right atmosphere mainly to underprivileged students to study Diploma Engineering.
We believe that developing young men of strong moral character is the only solution for the regeneration of India as envisaged by Swami Vivekananda. Along with their academic studies we try to induce in our students character qualities like honesty, dedication and sense of commitment. Many of our students participate in the Relief activities conducted by Ramakrishna Mission and thus inculcate the spirit of Unselfish Loving Service to the poor and downtrodden masses.
We have a very good training and placement cell, which ensures placement to many of our students. Companies like Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd, Larsen & Tubro Ltd., Cummins India Ltd., etc. regularly visit our campus. We are committed not only to provide technical education to economically backward students, but we also make sure that they could get a placement at the end of their study. Thus we helped many underprivileged families to earn their livelihood for the past 60 years.

Unique Features of the Institution

1. Grooming the students from humble economic background to be a brilliant Engineer as well as noble human being to enrich the society

2. An Institution driven by Selfless Love and Inspiration as envisaged by Swami Vivekananda. Students are brought up under the loving care of the Monks as we strongly believe that Selfless Pure Love is the best instrument to build a man of strong moral character as practised by Swami Vivekananda.

3. Awakening, inner transformation of the students - We help the student to get secular education to earn his living and also inspire him to inculcate good habits like Honesty, Purity, Unselfishness, Ahimsa, Sacrifice, Chastity and Humility through the association with the Monks in the Ashrama. With the faith in inherent inner strength and purity the student gets established in his professional life, improves his family condition and also takes care of the financial needs of his relatives. Moreover, his strong commitment for Truth inspires the people associated with him for higher life. Our students are always ready to help the people in distress.

4. Give complete support to the underprivileged students for their tuition fees, study materials, learning communicative English, vocational training and mess/hostel expenses.

5. The Institution has well equipped laboratories, PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) & Industrial Automation Laboratory, Hydraulics & Pneumatics Control Laboratories and CNC machine workshop.

6. The ambience is maintained to be clean and green

7. The Institution has very strict disciplines and very strict examination system

8. Excellent inter personal relationship between students, teachers and staff members - relation of mutual love, trust and respect - It's like a single family

9. Students are continuously exposed through brilliant technologies and brilliant personalities as our objective is to make them brilliant Engineer as well as noble human being, an ENLIGHTENED CITIZEN of India.

10. In order to inculcate the spirit of Unselfish Loving Service to the poor and downtrodden masses our students participate in the Fund Collection through begging for Flood Relief activities, Blood donation Camp, tying Rakhi to the street children and feeding sweets & snacks, Distribution of new clothes to the street children before Durga Puja, distribution of blankets to the underprivileged people, Feeding sweets and snacks to the inmates of Correctional Home, Distribution of Fruits & Sweets to the patients of the local hospital.

11. We also have Technical Exhibition, Motivational Seminars, Sports, Students' farewell ceremony, Reunion and Group Lunch programs

12. We don't believe in unhealthy competition, jealousy and selfishness. Our students are committed to grow together by helping each other through everyone's strength.

13. Students are made Industry-Ready. We believe that the problems of placement could be best solved through proper grooming in terms of character, skill and communication.

14. Students are regularly recruited by Tata Steel, Tata Motors, JCB India Ltd., Cummins India Ltd., Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd, Larsen & Tubro Ltd., AFCONS Ltd., ITD Cementation Ltd., Sandvik Asia Pvt. Ltd., etc.

15. Many students are serving Public Sector Companies. Many students go for higher study.

16. Bliss & Contentment is our measure of Success. We believe that developing young men of strong moral character is the only solution for the regeneration of India as envisaged by Swami Vivekananda. Our Pledge is to dedicate ourselves to make this world happy.

Latest News & Events

25th February, 2020
We Celibrated REUNION 2020 at Ramakrishna Mission Shilpapitha with participation of more than 700 present & ex-students.
20th February, 2020
The Annual Technical Exhibition of Shilpapitha - TECHINVENTO 2K20 was inaugarated by Padmasree Dr. Ajay Roy.
28th January, 2020
The Annual Sports Meet 2020 was celebrated with colorful parades & different sports events.
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