Girls' College in Kolkata
Ranked as the 5th best college in West Bengal and 28th among the non-autonomous colleges in India
Situated in the heart of the modern urban South Dum Dum locality of Kolkata, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan is spread over thirteen acres of lush greenery. The expansive college campus, a rarity among city colleges, nurtures a miniature self-sustained ecosystem within the busy, bustling metropolis.
From its inception back in 1961, the college has focused on creating and maintaining a green and eco-friendly campus, to provide a serene academic environment for both students and faculty. Thus our unique campus provides an ideal ashram-like setting for the college, where the buildings are spread out across the sprawling campus and the spacious classrooms enjoy gorgeous views of the outdoor greenery.
The main College building, the Auditorium and the Central Library, the 300-seater examination hall, the new PG building (funded by RUSA), the shrine, the main Residence Monastery and the three separate Hostel buildings, a Cheap-store, the staff quarters and a small guest-facility are dotted across the extensive College campus.
Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan has an active placement cell which plays an important role in coordinating placement related activities, ensuring a smooth placement process for the students. This helps in providing a platform for interested students of the College to have an early exposure to employment avenues and explore their orientations and aptitudes. These initiatives pave way for future economic independence which is a central vision of the College.
“This college became my safe haven solely because of the brilliant human beings who nurtured us, protected us, tolerated us, laughed and cried with us, backed us like parents, joked like friends, helped us dream beyond horizons and lastly, gave us credence to stand tall and live the best version of our lives.”
—DEBARATI ROY, now co-founder of ELTA Global, a senior corporate and teacher trainer and IELTS examiner.
Enakshi Chakraborty is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Parul University, Vadodara.
College life is that part of our lives that we are going to relive in our memories till we breathe, and thanks to my department; it has given me the most precious memories as well as life lessons. The values and morals gained from being a part of this department are immeasurable. The faculty members have played a huge part in shaping me into what I have become today. I could not be more thankful and grateful.
NAMRATA CHOWDHURY is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of English At St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and a PhD scholar at the Department of English, West Bengal State University.
“As the years went by I can now reflect what a profound impact those three years had on me. I had left home for sure, but the College and the Department had adopted me. They took every care of me when I was the only one in college when Kolkata saw a transport strike. What they have done for me can’t be counted on fingertips. One can’t really thank their makers, but I am content I can answer, “Dost thou know who made thee/ Gave thee life?”, that yes, life through literature it is.”
There is no doubt that today what I am as because of my college, my teachers. To me, my college is the best; it enriched us, gave us great teachers as well as a unique environment to study in. My teachers were a continuous source of inspiration. Their immense love, support and blessings have made my life meaningful. They have always given me a positive vision to overcome every difficult situation in my life. I remember my college days as the best and most precious days of my life.
—–Aditi De, Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Gurudas College, Kolkata.
Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan is much beyond just an institution/college. It actually denotes a “Culture”, a culture of excellence, empowerment, enrichment, dedication, morality, discipline and freedom within a framework of responsibilities. It is a place of both knowledge and bliss.
I am forever grateful to the entire staff of this college because all of them made me feel that this college is my second home and the amazing faculty members were like second mothers to me; they took care about my happiness, well-being and life beyond the classroom. They taught me not only to love learning, but encouraged me to hone my hidden talents and helped to setting me up for success beyond the chalkboard and numbers. I am immensely lucky and blessed enough to be a part of this college.”
—- Dr. Mili Dutta Pal, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Chandraketugarh S. S. Mahavidyalaya
It was in my college that I first recognized the true color of my inner self, it was my college which ignited the faith in me that “I Can”. Very seldom we realize the impact of an institution when we are part of it. Usually we need to be retrospective to attain that realization. Now as a grown up woman as I realize the influence of my college had in shaping me into a better human being. I am just left with a single word -‘Gratitude’- to express my graduation years.
——Shrabanti Panja, MA, B.ED, Assistant Teacher in Seharabazar C.K. Institute since 2002.
My days in my Alma Mater -Vidhyavaban are really memorable for me. It was not only an institution for providing education but also a place to learn human values and love for nature. The teachers were like parents who guided me to lead a moral life in future and to be self-dependent.
—-Tanima Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Bidhannagar College
I am an alumnus of Ramkrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan.I completed graduation from the department of Education in 2010. The three years of college was the golden period of my life – enjoying the classroom teaching but also learning valuable lessons of life. Our teachers were our friends, philosophers and guides. Their advice and blessings remains a constant companion in conducting me through life’s challenges. Today I am employed as a high school teacher. I learnt from my teachers to recognise unity in diversity and apply it in my own approach as a teacher. I would like to express my sincere respect and gratitude to my college and my teachers.
Amrita Ghosh , Assistant Teacher, Sutia Barasat Palli Unnayan Vidyapith
My college days will remain an indelible memory. Vidyabhavan is my second home, a divine place – full of inspiration, knowledge, love, affection, hope, sincerity, serenity and blessings. I express my sincere gratitude to the teachers for their constant guidance, patience and encouragement that have played a pivotal role in shaping my goals and my achievements.
Sumana Metya, SACT I, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan
Assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit Victoria Institution (College) Kolkata
I am proud to be an alumnus of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan. It is not merely an academic institution, but a temple of learning for me. I found profound bliss in the lush greenery of the college campus as well as in the serenity and the politics-free environment. The disciplined college life, the well-stocked library and above all the student-teacher bonding offered an excellent academic atmosphere. Not only the syllabus-oriented lessons, but also the daily Morning Prayer, the cultural activities throughout the year and the moral lessons enriched me a lot and helped me greatly to become a better version of myself. I can hardly forget the individual attention, immense support and continuous inspiration that I had received from my teachers. I express my sincere gratitude to my teachers, because of whom I have become what I am today. I feel, indeed, lucky enough to be a member of the Vidyabhavan-family and I shall cherish the sweet memories of the golden years of my precious college-life forever.
Entrepreneur in the making, owns a boutique, completed a diploma course in Textile designing, completed Master’s degree
I am a proud student of Vidyabhavan- the institution that helped me evolve into the individual I now am. From being a shy teenager, Vidyabhavan moulded me to be a confident young woman ready to take on the challenges of the outside world. I learned to value the significance of the 3Ds- discipline, dedication and determination at Vidyabhavan only. It was in college that I realized how important it is to be confident about oneself, to be selfless and honest. These qualities and the constant encouragement I received from my teachers helped me to be a stronger and better individual, allowed me to pursue my chosen profession.
Currently Assistant Supervisor
Anindita Bhowmick, currently Assistant Supervisor, Air India Engineering Service is one of the ex-students of History department. She later completed her Masters and MPhil from University of Calcutta. A proud alumnus, Anindita strongly feels that the values and life skills she acquired here in the course of her five year stay in the college shaped her outlook towards life, imbued in her such moral ethical standards that they became yardsticks for others to emulate. She cherishes the good conduct certificate she received from the college during the parting days as a feather in the cap amongst her other accolades.
Anindita recalls how she was coaxed by one of her departmental teachers Dr Soma Marik to participate in the Recitation and Extempore Competition , overcoming her shyness and some form of stage fright. But when she received the second prize for the event, it became a catalyst for her future endeavours in college. She fondly recalls her association with Bidyutdi our erstwhile monastic teacher who would really at a loss arranging gifts for her. Anindita got the highest marks in History at the Higher Secondary level and her receiving the prize from Vice Chancellor of Calcutta university made her resolve firmer to study History at the undergraduate level. Anindita proudly says that during her job interview, she received special recognition as she was a student of this college. Anindita says that she had received the elementary computer training that was needed for her new assignment from her alma mater.
SACT teacher at Department of history RKSMVV
Maitrayee Sarkar, M.A, B.ED, M.Phil, State Aided College Teacher, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan.
My association with my beloved college dates back years ago when I enrolled myself as a student of History Honours. Little did I know then that along with curricular subjects I would receive training in acquiring knowledge to be devoted and ready to sacrifice for the greater good. In our college soft skill development got special attention and thus we learned to love everyone around us unconditionally. We were empowered with basic life skills like emotion, affection and, sincerity. I still remember my respected teachers who not only taught us but inspired us to take up challenges. I am proud of my college and teachers. I shall be ever grateful to them for their constant guidance and encouragement in my life.
Subject matter expert, WIPRO Limited Hyderabad
The formative years of my life at Vidyabhavan is unforgettable. I was very nervous when I got admitted. But all my doubts were cleared when classes started. I was an average student. I found great happiness in dancing and singing more than studies. I still remember how my teachers and Mataji used to encourage me to pursue singing and dancing along with the studies. I feel so indebted to them for their cooperation and guidance. It’s been 11 years since I passed out, but the phenomenal life lessons which Vidyabhavan has taught me, has shaped my life. Today whatever I am, my college has an important part to play in it. I shall never be able to thank my college enough.
Academic Counsellor at Carreograph Institute of Management Studies is an ex-student of the Department. Pradipta was a bright student and a fantastic dancer. We are glad that Pradipta is doing so well at the professional level.