Ramakrishna Mission is setting up a residential English medium school exclusively for ST students in Junglemahal called Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandir (Eklabya Model Residential School) to bring those coming from the economically challenged section of society to the mainstream of life.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had requested Swami Suhitananda, general secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission to set up a school for the poor ST students “You have so many schools that are so beautifully run. Can’t you set up a school for my children in Junglemahal?” she had asked.
Accordingly a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the RKM and the State government and the Eklabya Model Residential School which was functioning in the area was handed over to RKM. It is a co-educational institution with 60 students.
RKM has decided that Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission will set up Physics, Chemistry and Biology laboratories.
The teachers are given orientation courses at Narendrapur and teachers from the school will go to Junglemahal to coach the students. Committees have been set up, comprising of students to look after food, library and cleanliness of the school.
A cleanliness drive had been conducted by the students under the guidance of RKM to develop a sense of discipline and love for the school.
Maximum stress will be given on the preservation of tribal culture. The students took part in “Pithe Puli Utsav” on the day of Makarsankranti in January.
It has been decided that the teachers will have to do a course from the Central Research Institute on Tribals.