Ramakrishna Mission, Mangaluru organized Prajna – 2015, a full day symposium for College Faculty on 11th September 2015 in commemoration of historic address by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893.
His Excellency, Sri Vajubhai Rudabai Vala, Honorable Governor of Karnataka inaugurated the Symposium. Sri N Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte University, Prof. K Byrappa, Hon. Vice Chancellor, Mangalore University were special invitees. Capt. Ganesh Karnik welcomed and introduced the guests. Swami Jitakamanandaji delivered the keynote address. Swami Sarvasthanandaji proposed the vote of thanks.
Honorable Governor stressed on the need to go back to the roots in his inaugural address. He also laid much emphasis on the inculcation of values in one’s own life as well as in education. A teacher teaches more by his example and a teacher with the heart of a mother helps the student to find and manifest his inner potential he said. He also urged the lecturers to study Swami Vivekananda more and more and strive towards making his dream of seeing India rejuvenated come true.
About 500 lecturers and professors from different universities and places attended the symposium. All the delegates were given lunch, snacks, tiffin, tea, customized pens, notepads, complimentary booklets and participation certificates.
‘Swacch Mangaluru for Swacch Bharath’ was launched in a grand function at Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru on 1st February 2015 Sunday.
In a nutshell, its about 4000 youths participating in the 40 weeks cleanliness drive in 40 different wards of the Mangaluru city under the aegis of the Ramakrishna Mission. This will include cleaning the localities, creating an awareness among the localites and improving the basic amenities of the region.
On the 1st February about 75 sweepers and other employees of Mangaluru City Corporation were honoured as a token of respect for the service they are contributing in rendering the city clean.
Around 1000 youths, public and devotees participated in the function.
Ramakrishna Mission Mangaluru had organised a Jatha on 1st February 2015 to create awareness in the public about Cleanliness. Capt Ganesh Karnik, MLC and Swami Atmarupanandaji, USA flagged off the rally at Town Hall, Mangaluru. Around 500 youths had participated in the event.
Unclean earth which may be land, water or air, is always curse for the medical profession. However, keeping the earth clean without healthy mind will not serve the purpose, said Nitte Univerity Chancellor Dr N Vinay Hegde.
Speaking after inaugurating fourth day event organised under the theme Swasth Manas-Swasth Bharath for paramedical students as a part of Jagruth Bharath-Awakened India programme at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium of Ramakrishna Math here on Monday, he said that everyone may not be able to achieve the excellence of Swami Vivekananda, but anyone can follow certain qualities of his life.
“We respect earth as mother , so it is our duty to keep our surroundings clean. Swasth Manas or clean mind means there should not be place for hatredness, it should be clear and obligation is to treat the suffering. In the process you may have to sacrifice your personal life. Unless you use the knowledge you get from education to serve society, it would be a waste. Getting a job is not a big thing, but reaching the highest degree of fulfillment is necessary,” Hegde added.
Ramakrishna Math Adhyaksha Swami Jitakamanandaji said that body and mind have very good co-ordination. For the overall development of the personality, along with the physical health, one should have healthy mind. Good attitude always keeps the mind stressless and healthy. Such people enjoy the life and they can contribute more to others, he said.
Dr M V Shetty Group of Institutions’ Chairman Dr M Ramagopal Shetty also spoke on the occasion.
Senior monks of the Ramakrishna Math Swami Pitambaranandaji & Swami Atmarupanandaji, USA and Prof K Raghothama Rao and Padmabhushan Dr B M Hegde conducted the technical sessions. Around 450 paramedical students and doctors attended the function.
In his inaugural speech, SCS hospital Managing Director Dr Jeevaraj Sorake said:”though the country has got fertile land and pure water, we have not learnt to respect it. However, there is increase in the awareness about cleanliness across the nation. We should not throw wastes in City, which would help to minimise the malaria and dengue cases,” he said and promised of active participation in Swacch Mangaluru campaign. Swami Jitakamanandaji said that students should understand their responsibility and work on removing ‘developing nation’ tag. Cleanliness is not the work of the City Corporation only. but individual participation is very important. This awareness will be created by thinking. It helps to be a good citizen who can play a role in the development of the nation, he said.
Swami Atmarupanandaji said India is glorious country with rich spiritual, intellectual, cultural, scientific heritage. Swami Vivekananda had believed that India has special place in awakening of world. The country has everything it needs, but just has to learn civil cleanliness.
Speaking on ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness – Eastern v/s Western Perspectives’ on second day of ‘Jagruth Bharath – Awakened India’ programme at Ramakrishna Math here on Saturday, Swami said that cleanliness is a compose of physical and spiritual thing. In India cleanliness come with culture and it is based on personal purity. Most of the Indians bath at least once in a day, they clean their homes, but not their streets.
However, the ‘mother earth’ concept of India is not poetical, but true. There is reason behind naming rivers after Goddesses, he said. In Western countries the concept of cleanliness was not with culture, but it has come in recent years to avoid transmission of diseases. They keep everything clean to avoid to diseasing germs, the seer said.
Indian Green Service Project Director Sri C Srinivasan Vellore, SVYM Mysore Founder Dr R Balasubramaniam, resource person Sri Vijay Nath Bhat shared their thoughts in the succeeding sessions. Mangaluru University NSS Officer Vinitha Rai was also present.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said it is nice to see a nationwide movement about cleanliness. Lot of discussions are going on, awareness is being created about a very important subject which never got prominence in India. Speaking after inaugurating a session on ‘Shakth Manas – Sashakth Bharath’ for degree students on the first day of ‘Jagruth Bharath-Awakened India’, a four day programme at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium, Ramakrishna Math in Mangaluru on Friday, he said that India always tagged itself as ‘poor country’ though it is rich with youth power. From past five to six decades prominence was given to provide basic facilities and cleanliness was never considered seriously. “Now time has come for the young generation to inculcate the culture of cleanliness and it should be a part of life. Cleanliness of our mind and society are interdependent and both are important to keep our Country healthy,” he said.
A B Ibrahim opined that a lesson on cleanliness and hygiene should be mandatory on text-books. Students should be ambassadors of cleanliness and they should be the messengers to society, he said. Meanwhile, he released the t-shirts and caps for Swacch Mangaluru, a 40-week campaign which will be inaugurated on February 1.
Ramakrishna Math Adhyaksha Swami Jitakamanandaji called upon students to understand their responsibility in constructing the world. Jagruth Bharath is all about creating awareness about being model citizens of the country, which would refresh the mind, he said. He wanted active participation of students in Swacch Mangaluru Campaign.
Rev Swami Atmarupanandaji Maharaj (USA), Vijay Nath Bhat (Mysuru), Prof K Raghothama Rao (Bengaluru) and Tejasvi Surya (Bengaluru) presented their ideas in the succeeding sessions in which about 500 degree students took part.
Mangalore Ramakrishna Math had organized Shraddha – Seminar on Values for Post Graduate Students on the 11th September 2014.
The day’s programme commenced with the invocation of Vedic hymns.
Sri Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, Mangalore and Dr N Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte University, Mangalore inaugurated the Seminar- Shraddha. Dr N Vinay Hegde said “Self confidence is the most needed thing in the life. You can achieve even impossible goal if you have confidence.” in his Inaugural address.
Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore in his Keynote address reminded the students that they have the responsibility of building their character.
Swami Sarvapriyanandaji interacted with the students on ‘Self-Management: Modern Positive Psychology and Ancient Wisdom’. Swami Mangalanathanandaji spoke on ‘Shraddha: Key to Success’ and Prof Raghothama Rao discussed the topic, ‘Communication Skills’.
Smt Sujatha P V compered the seminar.
Around 550 students participated in the seminar. Complementary books were distributed at the end of the programme along with customized pens, notepads, certificates etc. All the delegates were served lunch, snacks and tea.
The Workshop started with Vedic chanting, followed by the Keynote address of Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore on the 10th September 2014.
Chairman and Managing Director of KIOCL, Bangalore, Sri Malay Chatterjee inaugurated the programme. In the inaugural address he pointed out that the present education system lacks the spiritual touch of the knowledge of the Rishis. Hence Education needs Value inculcation to protect family system, society and our country.
Swami Muktidanandaji, Trustee Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission and Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore distributed the scholarships to the needy on behalf of Mangalore Ashrama. He said, “Personality should be divinity centered, not self centered, and education should kindle the Medha in the pupil.”
Dr K Devraj, Director, SDM Management Studies and Research Institute, Mangalore also spoke on the occasion.
Swami Sarvapriyanandaji interacted with the students on ‘Self-Control and Concentration: Two powerful ideas from Swami Vivekananda’s Philosophy of Education’. Sri Suresh Kulkarni spoke on ‘Effective Teaching Skill’ and Prof Raghothama Rao discussed the topic, ‘Presentation Skills’.
Sri Santosh Alva compered during the programme.
Around 500 B.Ed. students took part in the whole day workshop. All the delegates were distributed snacks, lunch, customized notepads, pens, complimentary booklets and certificates.
Higher Education and Tourism Minister Deshpande inaugurated ‘Prajna’ a value orientation programme for lecturers on 9th September 2014 at Swami Vivekananda Auditorium, Ramakrishna Math, Mangalore
Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R V Deshpande expressed concern over deteriorating values and morals in the society and urged the teachers to take a lead in building student assets for the country to become super power in 2020.
Speaking at the inauguration of ‘Prajna’— value orientation programme for college lecturers, organised by the Ramakrishna Mutt here on Tuesday, he said that the country has made progress in the field of science and technology. Unfortunately, deteriorating values have resulted in increase in immoral activities and suicides in the society.
Thoughts, aspirations, expectations and vision of Swamy Vivekananda are relevant even to this day. Values must be taught for children from higher primary level. No religion teaches hatred for mankind. There is a need to enrich our past, culture and values. In the past, there was a bond between the teacher and student. Today, the relation between a teacher and a student has become commercial, which is a bad trend, he said. When competitions are severe and quality is order of the day, teachers have to prepare youth to compete in the world market through values. There is a need to build a vibrant, strong India with culture and integrity, the Minister added.
In his key-note address, Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission (Mysore) Trustee Muktidanandaji said that teachers represent internal knowledge army of a country. They dispel darkness in the minds of the people. Education enables us to bring out perfection in mind, body and soul. A teacher is a harbinger of knowledge revolution and infuses right knowledge to students. Teachers personality and aura will definitely influence the students. A teacher has to be a leader for character transformation, he said. The seer said that teachers are repository of all the culture of the society. Transmission of culture takes place through education.
Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof K Byrappa said that teachers write future of the country. The country had a glorious past with Nalanda and Takshashila universities imparting knowledge to the students from across the world through art of living. “In this globalised society, we prepare students with job oriented programmes. A teacher should incorporate five D’s with devotion in profession, dedication, discipline, direction and determination to become a role model to the students and society. In this era of technology, role of a teacher is challenging. The teachers should play a role of a facilitator to inspire and motivate students and incorporate values in them to become good citizens.”
Ramakrishna Mutt (Belur) seer Swami Sarvapriyanandaji delivered a talk on ‘Spritualising life and work,’ Aerospace engineer Dr S Vishwanath on ‘An effective student is a successful teacher’ and Prof K Raghothama Rao on ‘Personal excellence.’ Ramakrishna Mutt (Mangalore) President Jitakamanandaji was present.
Smt Sujatha P V compered the programme.
Around 450 college lecturers participated in the day long programme. All the delegates were served lunch, snacks and tea. They were given complimentary booklets, customized pens, notepads and certificates.
Programme in Photos:
" ATMANO MOKSHARTHAM JAGAT HITAYA CHA " . . . . . "For one’s own salvation, and for the welfare of the world "