At present there are six schools in five different districts of West Bengal run by Swami Debananda Mission. At least 1500 students from neighbouring areas study in these schools. Among them around 400 students belong to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
The Objective of Swami Debananda Vidyamandir: All round development of human society can happen if it is founded on the ideal that ‘every individual exists for each other.’ Education, imparted with profound sincerity, is the primary means towards instilling this noble ideal in the mind of every child. Satguru Swami Debananda Maharaj emphasises the necessity of developing the mind and character right from the beginning of childhood, for only then will develop the willingness to respect each other and that will in turn rejuvenate the society with inexorable bonds of love. With this noble aim the educational institutions established by His Holiness, Swami Debananda Maharaj are defying all odds and moving towards setting up an ideal education system aimed at achieving an all-round development of the children. The teachers of Swami Debananda Vidyamandir compulsorily take part in the programme of Broto-Palan in order to attune themselves to the path of spiritual evolvement shown by Satguru Swami Debananda Maharaj.
Following are the schools run by Swami Debananda Mission:
1. Swami Debananda Vidyamandir, Paba, P.S- Goghat, Dist- Hooghly, is situated 20 km north-west of Arambag and 10km south-east of Kamarpukur. Established in the year 1993, the school got affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education in 2002, and has classes from Nursery to Class X. With 560 students and 20 teachers, the classes of the Nursery and Primary section are held in the morning (except for 2 months in winter), whereas that of the Secondary section are held in the day (except for 2 months in summer). As a part of co-curricular activities, drawing classes are held in the school. Boarding facility is available for students coming from far off places.
2. Swami Debananda Vidyamandir, Rambati, P.S- Raina, Dist- Purba Bardhaman, is situated on the east of Palashan village on the road to Arambag from Burdwan via Pahlanpur. Established in the year 1997, the school has 198 students and 10 teachers. At present the school has classes from Nursery to class VIII. Drawing, yoga and computer education are a part of the school curriculum.
3. Swami Debananda Vidyamandir, Krishnapur, Nadra, Dist- Purba Bardhaman, is situated on the outskirts of Krishnapur village on Bardhaman -Kalna road. Established in the year 1998, the school got affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education in 2014. The school, with 408 students and 15 teachers, has classes from Nursery to Class VIII. Drawing, yoga and computer education are a part of the school curriculum.
4. Swami Debananda Vidyamandir, Kenjera, Dighalgram, P.S- Indus, Dist- Bankura, is situated 5-6km west of Bamniya road on the west of Uchalan village. Established in the year 2001, the school got affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education in 2014.The school, with 125 students and 7 teachers, has classes from Nursery to Class V. Drawing lessons are part of the school curriculum.
5. Swami Debananda Vidyamandir, Lodha, Malbadi, P.S- Garbeta, Dist- West Midnapore, is situated on the bank of river Shilabati, 18km north-west of Chandrakona town on Maheshpur route. Established in the year 1999, the school got affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education in 2014. The school, with 210 students and 10 teachers, has classes from Nursery to Class VI. Drawing lessons are part of the school curriculum.
6. Swami Kapilananda Shikshaniketan, Baidyanathpur, Madandanga, P.S- Nakashipara, Dist- Nadia, is situated on the bank of river Ganga at Baidyanathpur village. Established in the year 2010, the school got affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Primary Education in 2014. The school, with 85 students and 7 teachers, has classes from Nursery to Class IV. Drawing lessons are part of the school curriculum.
There is a boys’ hostel run by Swami Debananda Mission at Paba for the accommodation of the students of Swami Debananda Vidyamandir coming from far-off places.
A library at Krishnapur, Burdwan, run by Swami Debananda Mission, was inaugurated by the President of the Mission, Swami Debananda Maharaj on 07.08.17. The number of books in the library is increasing day by day, and there are books on a wide range of subjects that include religion, literature, children’s literature, travelogue, science, management and law.
Recently at Krishnapur, Nadra, a computer centre named “Swami Debananda Youth Computer Training Centre” has been inaugurated, which is accredited by the West Bengal Department of Youth Services. Several students receive computer education at this centre, and on completion of the course they are awarded with certificates from the West Bengal Department of Youth Services. Apart from this, there are two other Computer Centres for students run by Swami Debananda Mission, one at Paba, Hooghly, and the other at Rambati, Purba Bardhaman.
Located at Nibeditapally, Burdwan, West Bengal, Swami Debananda Academy is an institute run by Swami Debananda Mission where music, dance, recitation, drawing and Spoken English are taught to the children. At present there are 93 students in the Academy, 21 in Spoken English, 40 in drawing, 9 in dance, 15 in recitation and 8 in music. The Academy has highly qualified and competent teachers in all the disciplines.
Financial Assistance for Higher Education
Financial aid is given to poor yet meritorious students by Swami Debananda Mission. In the last financial year 11 students had received financial assistance from the Mission.
An Old-age Home is run by Swami Debananda Mission at Narajole Ashram, West Midnapore, for aged hapless women who have nobody to look after them. A new building was inaugurated by the President of the Mission, Swami Debananda Maharaj, on 28.02.17 in order to accommodate the increasing number of inmates. Another Old-age Home is under construction at Swami Debananda Ashram, Vill- Pila, P.O- Patuli, Dist- Purba Bardhaman.
Sathe Achi (“I Am With You”) is a project run by Swami Debananda Mission, which undertakes to deliver mid-day meal to the doorsteps of the invalid and the indigent living on the fringes of our society. At present this project runs at two branches of Swami Debananda Ashram – one at Nibeditapally, Purba Bardhaman, and the other at Kenjera, Bankura. At the Nibeditapally centre 35 people and at the Kenjera centre 18 people are served through this project. The number is increasing day by day.
Swami Debananda Mission organises at least three to four Blood Donation Camps every year at different centres around the country. This year on 26.03.17 at Krishnapur Ashram a Blood Donation Camp was organised where 107 donors had donated blood.
There are 10 charitable dispensaries run by Swami Debananda Mission. Located at Krishnapur, Nibeditapally, Rambati, Patuli, Kenjera, Paba, Narajole, Lodha, Nandanpur and Rasunchak, these dispensaries treat poor patients and provide them with medicines free of cost. Last year 13,486 people were served through these dispensaries.
Swami Debananda Mission organises free medical camps for the treatment of poor patients. This year at Gangasagar during the Makar Sangkranti festival, at least 1200 people were treated at the medical camp set up there.
Every year before the Durga Pujas, new clothes are given to the poor people and the indigent students of the schools run by Swami Debananda Mission.
Distributing wheelchairs to the disabled is one of the charitable works done by Swami Debananda Mission.
Swami Debananda Mission gives financial aid to poor patients for their treatment and medicines. If necessary the Mission arranges the hospitalisation of patients and in some cases also arranges for treatment of patients outside Bengal.
Swami Debananda Mission also gives financial aid to indigent families for the marriage of their daughters.
Eye Screening and Operation Camps
Swami Debananda Mission organises eye screening camps where needy patients with cataract are screened and sent for operation. Last year on 25.12.16, one such camp was set up at Krishnapur ashram, and 36 of the patients screened at that camp were operated on 03.01.17 with the help of Burdwan Lions’ Club.
Adhyatmik Classes of the Brotees
Swami Debananda Mission’s mission is to provide selfless and tireless service to mankind by creating “self awareness”. Creating this self awareness invites the awakening of the higher consciousness and spreading the message of universal brotherhood towards fellow human beings. Aims to inculcate in every human being, a spirit of service and also of sharing, which in turn will culminate in the realisation of universal goodness prevalent in every human being.
To help us achieve this goal His Holiness wrote innumerable books.
“SHONO”(listen) & “ASHRAM JEEBAN”(Ashram life) are the must two books to read & follow by the ‘Brotees’.
Gurudeb Himself takes ‘adhyatmik’ classes to ‘Brotees and Dibya Karmees’.