The Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College occupies a place of prominence among the educational activities of Ramakrishna Mission in India. It was formally opened on 21st June 1946. To cope with the demand, an Evening college offering various programmes under unaided pattern was opened in 1974. These Day and Evening Colleges form a part of Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith which also contains four other units, viz. 1. Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith Hostel, 2. The Institute of Vivekananda Studies, 3. Vivekananda Institute of Tropical Mycology (VINSTROM) and 4. Vivekananda Institute of Algal Technology (VIAT).
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith
The Ramakrishna Mission was founded by Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), the chief disciple of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) in 1897, "to bring into existence a band of monks devoted to leading a life of purity and renunciation, and to carry on, with lay workers, religious, philanthropic and charitable activities, looking upon all men, women and children, irrespective of caste, creed, nationality and colour, as veritable manifestations of the divine". The Math and the Mission have today 166 centres in India and abroad, with their Headquarters at Belur, West Bengal.
Swami Ramakrishnananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, established in Madras, now called Chennai, a centre of the Ramakrishna Order in 1897. The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith is an important limb of the Mission, devoting itself to educational and research activity.