Come 2016, the construction work of Vivek Tirtha, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream project of setting up the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centre for Human Excellence and Social Sciences at New Town in Rajarhat, will be carried out in full swing by the Ramakrishna Mission.
The Rs 172-crore project will have to be completed within a period of five years. State higher education department has given Rs 2 crore and Nabadiganta Industrial Authority has provided Rs 5 crore for the project. The Ramakrishna Mission has so far collected Rs 70 lakhs. The RKM has urged the Centre and the state government for financial support.
Banerjee, during her visit to Belur Math during the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, had urged the general secretary of RKM Swami Suhitananda and other monks to consider a proposal to set up a centre for value education and human excellence.
After getting nod from RKM, the state cabinet allotted 5 acres of land beside Eco Park in Rajarhat. The chairman of Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) Debashis Sen along with the monks of RKM visited the site and approved it. The RKM has set up a committee headed by Swami Bodhosarananda to supervise construction of the proposed project. Swami Bitakamamna has been made the project coordinator while Swami Subhakarananda is the project manager. The clearance from the Airport Authority of India has arrived and the construction of the boundary wall has also been completed.
The Centre will have a 10-storey building to house the administrative office, seminar halls and an auditorium with a capacity of 1400 people. The four buildings will be named after the foreign disciples of Swami Vivekananda like Sister Nivedita, JJ Goodwin, Ole Sara Bull and Josephine McLeod. The main building will be designed after the Chicago Ari Institute, where Swamiji had delivered his famous speech on September 11, 1893.
An important feature of the programmes proposed to be offered by the centre of Human Excellence include retreat for professionals and people from all walks of life like sweepers, rickshaw pullers, labourers and shopkeepers.
There will also be a course on citizenship training and value education courses for government and corporate employees. There will be courses on how to overcome fear and failure.