Rural Development Cell

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur one of the branch centres of Ramakrishna Mission was originated at Pathuriaghata way back in 1943 in the form of small Students' Home to provide shelter to the poor and meritorious students. The students' Home was then shifted to a more specious Location at Narendrapur and number of educational programmes like Residential Junior and Senior Boys' school. Blind Boys Academy, Residential Degree College, Junior Technical School etc. along with these, Adult Education followed by Child Development Programme was extended to rural areas through the 'Institute of Social Education and Recreation'. The Institute of Social Education was renamed in 1970-71 (in accordance with the doctrine of Sri Ramakrishna to spread education to the masses - Lokasiksha) as 'Lokasiksha Parishad'.

The objective of the Lokasiksha Parishad is to inspire the poor neglected, backward and disadvantaged rural people in the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. This Lokasiksha Parishad aims at -

  • To make them self-reliant

  • To identify the primary problems confronting the rural people

  • To resolve such problems utilizing the local resources as far as practicable

  • To spread education both formal and informal to the common people

  • To imbibe the quality of leadership among the local youths and take the responsibility for conducting development programmes

  • To develop local organizations after organizing the local youths

  • To solve the local problems involving the people

  • To develop the standard of living of the people

  • To make the social, economical, physical and spiritual development of the people.

To make such an all-out development of the villages, Lokasiksha Parishad devolved the responsibilities to the village level organizations developed with the participation of people. Parishad at the beginning (1957-58) implemented the programmes like Adult Education, Chalaman Bahini, Health Education and Examination, Mobile Library, Formal and non-formal education, Training on Agriculture and Animal husbandry, Vivekananda Child Development Programme, Water testing laboratories, different economic activities, use of Solar Energy, Joint Forest Management etc. through the village level organizations.

The above activities are implemented by 247 village level organization in 1136 villages under 22 cluster organizations with Lokasiksha Parishad at the apex of such structure playing the pivotal role.

The village organizations play the most important role in implementing in rural development activities in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad in spreading the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda among the people in villages. The different programmes of Lokasiksha Parishad on education, health development of environment, vocational training, development of leadership among the rural youth are implemented in the rural areas through the village level organizations affiliated to the Lokasiksha Parishad through their respective Guchha Samities or Cluster Organisations. Such activities have motivated many youths to come forward to implement the programmes effectively. Such youths after having required such leadership training through their day to day activities are now performing the responsibilities of presidents or secretaries of different village level organizations and cluster organizations.

With the spread of the development activities of the Lokasiksha Parishad to the villages of 12 districts of West Bengal, more and more club organizations have shown their interest in the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda and come forward to work with Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad. With such proliferation of village organizations coming under different cluster organizations with Lokasiksha Parishad as the apex body, the benefits of the multidimensional activities taken up the Parishad will go down to more and more rural areas and will benefit a large number of children and youths who were so long out of reach of such activities.

The development activities of the Lokasiksha Parishad has spread to the rural areas through the village level organisations manned by the local people only and with the active participation of the community. The development activities are a community based and its success solely depend on such whole hearted participation and cooperation of the community people which is forth coming.

A brief profile of area of activities of Lokasiksha Parishad :-

District 12
Block 72
Youth Organisation 247
LSP Local Office 1
LSP Project Office 3
Gram Panchayat / Municipality 186
Villages Covered 1136


Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Narendrapur is one of the biggest rural development institution of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah

Ramkrishna Mission Loksiksha Parishad
Ramkrishna Mission Ashram
Narendrapur, Kolkata - 700 103, WB, India

(A Branch Centre of Ramakrishna Mission
Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal - 711202)

Phone : +91 33 24772207, 24770975
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