रामकृष्ण मिशन विद्यापीठ, देवघर (Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapeeth) – Deoghar

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Deoghar is a residential boys’ senior secondary school in Deoghar, Jharkhand, India, established in 1922. It is the oldest institute of Ramakrishna Mission, and used to be visited by brother disciples of Swami Vivekananda.

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith is located in the heart of Deoghar, Jharkhand, being the holy abode of Shiva, it is one of the most significant places of pilgrimage in the country. It is an ancient city, which harbours in its bosom a body part of Sati the Divine Mother.

The school is 30 minutes drive from the Jasidih railway junction.

Swami Jayantananda is the present secretary, and Swami Divyasudhananda is the current principal of the school.

It is exclusively for boys and affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Admission to its Secondary section is restricted to standard VI only. However, a few students from other schools are also admitted to class XI, in case the seats are available for them after giving entry to its own students who do well in class X Board examination.

The school offers education in science stream only in its Senior Secondary Section. The boys are taken in it entirely on merit ascertained by dint of written, oral and other tests. Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Deoghar was ranked 4 out of all CBSE schools in 2015 basis overall aggregates in Class XII CBSE exams in 2015. It was ranked 1st among all CBSE schools in India in 2020 based on the median aggregate score in Class X examination.

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapeeth – Deoghar

The emblem of the Ramakrishna Order was designed by Swamiji. The meaning of the emblem, in the language of Vivekananda himself: “The wavy waters in the picture are symbolic of Karma, the lotus of Bhakti, and the rising-sun of Jnana. The encircling serpent is indicative of Yoga and awakened Kunadalini Shakti, while the swan in the picture stands for Paramatman. Therefore, the ideal of the picture is that by the union of Karma, Jnana, Bhakti and Yoga, the vision of the Paramatman is obtained”

The institute is run by monks (sanyasins) & Brahmacharins of the Ramakrishna Order. The staff includes teachers from all over India as well as from alien countries. The Non-Teaching staffs includes workers from neighboring town and villages.

Courses offered
The school offers various courses to the students to ensure all-round development of the student.

For Students, Special classes are arranged in Music, Fine Arts & Indian Cultural And value Based Education (ICVE).

Courses for Secondary
English, Science, Social Science, Mathematics, Hindi
English, Science, Social Science, Mathematics, Bengali
English, Science, Social Science, Mathematics, Sanskrit

Courses for Senior Secondary
English (Core), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science
English (Core), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Education
English (Core), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics
English (Core), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology
English (Core), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education

The school has a very large campus and is divided into two parts : The Main Campus and the Senior Secondary Campus. The school campus contains many attractive buildings. Being a residential school, there are dormitories all around the campus to facilitate the boarding of students. The Vidyapith Teachers and Staffs are also provided the Staff quarters. There are many Guest rooms and dormitories for Guests and devotees who generally pay a visit to this holy place.

The Secondary School Building
The entrance to the school building leads to the feet of Maa Saraswati. The School has 10 Smart Classes for students to make them better learners. The Students are taught by Highly Trained and professional teachers to make them the best in studies. The school has Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Music, Arts Laboratory to encourage the students to showcase their creativity. The School has 2 Big size Hall rooms to enable private study at non schooling hours and enable Smooth conduction of Examination. The School Building has well maintained and sanitized Toilets.

Atal Tinkering Lab
ATL is an approach of Central government of India to create an environment of scientific temperament, innovation, creativity amongst Indian Students. It is a step towards a new India. Since the last few decades, our education system has seen a paradigm shift. Today, with this approach of inculcating Hands on Methodology in the current education scenario, we have resolved the need of the hour. ATL lab would teach students essential 21st-century skills which will help them in developing their professional and personal skills. Skilled India is the need of the hour and each step taken this dream should be welcomed, and we should work towards it together for a better India.

Digital Resource Room & Digital Library
The Digital Library is a new Initiative of the school authority to enable the students to get familiar to world-class Books & Novels. It has all kind of Materials related to Academics. It has books of Famous Writers and Publication that helps students to collect resources for their preparation of various competitive exams like Science Olympiad, NTSE, JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, NEET, NDA, NA, WBJEE, BITSAT.[clarification needed]

The Digital Resource room is a Great revolution to the School Building that consists of 25 Self-Efficient And Smart Computers provided with self connection and Internet. The allows the students to see Online Tutorial Classes and Online Tests. These also help to gather E-Resources.

Senior Secondary School
The Foundation Stone of the Building was inaugurated by The Chief Minister Of Jharkhand. The Senior Secondary School building has 4 Classrooms with One Smart Class. There is a Library in the Building that provides access to various old and valuable books. The Building has a full Air Conditioned Hall for School Assembly And Various programs. The Senior Secondary School has separate Labs for various Experiments. These include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science.

There are 13 dhams (dormitory) in the Secondary Section, namely, Yogananda Dham, Ramakrishnananda Dham, Adbhutananda Dham, Brahmananda Dham, Shivananda Dham, Turiyananda Dham, Vivekananda Dham, Akhandananda Dham, Premananda Dham, Vijnanananda Dham, Matri Dham, Saradananda Dham, Subodhananda Dham.

Vivekananda Taran-tal
The school has a standard size swimming pool named Vivekananda Taran Tal, inaugurated on 22 January 2009. The swimming pool is a comparatively recent addition to Vidyapith. Boys of the school use it regularly to learn swimming from qualified instructors. Its water is maintained clean, free from germs and contamination, by proper technology. There is annual Swimming Competition in Vidyapith. Swimming is taught to students on weekly basis, and it helps the students in many ways.

Vivekananda Auditorium
The school has a theater sized auditorium, with an audience capacity of around 600. Every year functions such as Inter-School competitions, debates, seminars, and prize distribution are performed there. Other schools in the city come to the school to hold their functions. The Auditorium also hosts celebrations like Teacher’s day, Bengali New Year (Pôhela Boishakh), Republic Day, Independence Day, Reunion etc.

The Vidyapith Dairy has a total of 121 cows with an average yield of 375-390 ltrs. per day (2017–18). Almost the whole of the milk produced is consumed by the inmate students and residential staff. The dairy has mechanised milking facility and the cow-dung produce obtained is used to run bio-gas plants, used in kitchen-cooking in Vidyapith.

Ramakrishna Darshan and Literature Corner
A permanent exhibition consisting of rare photographs, fibre glass relief images and descriptions related to them, Ramakrishna Darshan is a story of the Ramakrishna Movement graphically said. It chronologically demonstrates the history of the Movement, showing the roles played by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and his other brother disciples. It lays emphasis on two visits of Swami Vivekananda to the West, his interactions with many important people abroad and views of well known Indian thinkers influenced by him. There is a permanent exhibition Ramakrishna Darshan on the lives and contributions of Sri Ramakrishna and his disciples, emphasizing the service for mankind by Swami Vivekananda. This educates its visitors through photographs, glass fiber models and a history of the Ramakrishna Movement. Vidyapith has a Religious Literature Corner where publications on Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, the Vedanta and the Indian culture are kept for sale.

Built with the co-operation of National Museum, this museum of modest size comprehensibly represents the rich heritage of India. India’s achievements in religion and other spheres through the ages have been depicted in it. An important place has been given to the tribal cultures and lifestyles of India’s indigenous people, employing relevant models, materials and images. Besides, the museum presents a collection of objects, photographs and accounts of personalities connected with the development of this institution over the decades. There is also a section devoted to the life and contribution of Sri Sarada Devi.

The aviary contains some birds of uncommon varieties and coloured plumages, such as the Love Bird, Silver Pheasant, Speaking Moyna, Wild Peacock, and Kakatuah. They are being provided with natural habitats in big cages. A few white hares are also kept in separate enclosures. It also has a garden with birds, flowers, trees and cactus plants.

Vivekananda Balakendra
Swami Vivekananda wanted a new India to emerge “out of peasant’s cottage” and “from beside the oven of the fritter-seller”. The Vivekananda Balakendra caters to the needs of the underprivileged children, mostly from ST, SC and OBC communities around Vidyapith. It provides study-coaching to both boys and girls, the strength as in March 2018 being: Total 300 (Boys: 218 and Girls: 82), the following being the break-up SC: 101, ST: 22, OBC: 126, General: 51.

The children of Vivekananda Balakendra were fed with milk, biscuits and boiled eggs daily, in order to provide supplementary nutrition to the regular food in their homes. A total of 183 kg (403 lb) of milk powder was distributed among 18,076 students during 2017–18. They utilized the Balakendra playgrounds and the elaborate arrangements for games and sports.

In the year 2017–18, 17 students benefiting from the study-coaching at Balakendra appeared at the Secondary Board exam (from other schools) under Jharkhand Academic Council. 13 of these students secured 1st Division, while 4 students secured 2nd Division.

Vocational training was provided in Electric Motor, Transformer Rewinding, and House Wiring & Electrical Appliances Repairing to a total of 8 trainees. The Vocational section is an accredited unit of National Institute for Open Schooling (NIOS).

Charitable Dispensary
Sarada Charitable Dispensary of Vidyapith serves the local poor primarily. A number of qualified doctors are attached to it. It contains pathology, ECG and X-ray units in its diagnostic section. Many patients were treated in the dispensary’s well-equipped dental clinic. Numerous pathological tests were done in its laboratory on Full Auto Analyzer machine. Patients were also being treated in the Physiotherapy, General Medicine and Orthopedic units. Besides this, the services of ECG and USG instruments are also being offered to patients.

The Universal Temple

Universal Temple, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapeeth, Deoghar

The Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna held in the bosom of the Vidyapith campus is a place of attraction to the religious minded. There, morning prayer and evening services (Aratrikam) are conducted by the resident boys as part of their daily routine. Religious festivals, observances and worships are carried out in it.