Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School

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Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School
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Clockwise from top left: Main entrance of school; main academic building of secondary section; statue of Sister Nivedita; statue of Swami Vivekananda
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School is located in Kolkata
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School is located in West Bengal
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School is located in India
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School
Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School
37, Gopal Lal Tagore Road, Baranagar

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Coordinates22°38′04.20″N 88°22′13.57″E / 22.6345000°N 88.3704361°E / 22.6345000; 88.3704361Coordinates: 22°38′04.20″N 88°22′13.57″E / 22.6345000°N 88.3704361°E / 22.6345000; 88.3704361
Former nameBrahmananda Balakashrama
TypePrivate (Higher secondary)
MottoAtmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha
(For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world)
Religious affiliation(s)Hinduism
Established20 April 1912; 107 years ago (1912-04-20)
FounderYogindranath Tagore
Sister schoolRamakrishna Mission Centenary Primary School, Baranagore
(estd. 1897)[1]
School board
School districtNorth 24 Parganas
AuthorityRamakrishna Mission Ashrama, Baranagore
SessionJanuary–December (V – X)
June–May (XI – XII)
School codeB1-019
DirectorSwami Shibapradananda (Secretary)
HeadmasterSwami Dharmapriyananda
Head teacherSwami Shashishekharananda (Assistant head teacher)
Age range10+ to 18+
Medium of languageBengali, English
Schedule typeDay
ScheduleMonday - Friday:
10:40 am – 3:50pm (V – VI)
10:40 am - 4:30pm (VII – X)
10:40am – 1:55pm
Hours in school dayMonday - Friday:
5-6 hrs
3-4 hrs
Campus size3 acres (121,359 m²)[6]
Campus typeUrban
HousesSarada Bhawan
Nivedita Bhawan[7]
Student Union/AssociationBRKMAHS Ex-students Reunion Celebration Committee
Colour(s)White and Grey         (V - X)
Blue and Grey         (XI - XII)
SongOm Sahana Bhabatu
Jana Gana Mana
SportsCricket, Football
YearbookRashmi (রশ্মি)
AlumniSee below

Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School (BRKMAHS; /brkmɑːhs/ (About this soundlisten),[8][a] Bengali: [brkmaɦs] (About this soundlisten)[b]) is a senior secondary boys' school in the district North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, India. The school was founded in 1912,[5] and is located at the northern outskirt of Kolkata, on the banks of the river Ganges (Hoogly). The school is run by the Baranagar Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Authority under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission[9][10] at Belur Math (taken over in 1924).[5] Based on its performance of the students in the Xth standard board examination, the school is considered as one of the very best schools in West Bengal.


Emblem of BRKMAHS

Designed and explained by Swami Vivekananda in his own words:[11]

The wavy waters in the picture are symbolic of Karma; the lotus, of Bhakti; and the rising-sun, of Jnana. The encircling serpent is indicative of Yoga and the awakened Kundalini Shakti, while the swan in the picture stands for Paramatman (Supreme Self). Therefore, the idea of the picture is that by the union of Karma, Jnana, Bhakti and Yoga, the vision of Paramatman is obtained.


The “Brahmananda Ramakrishna Mission” of twentieth century is today’s “Baranagar Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama”.Then the twentieth century was in its childhood – the great hero and saint Vivekananda had elevated himself like a phoenix from the ashes – his divine preaching had enchanted the young mind. India was then under the British bondage. The British Government had already issued the order, of partition of Bengal in accordance with the divide and Rule policy of The Lord Curzon. The air was being rented with the melodies of Rabindranath “Banglar Mati Banglar Jal” Bengal became turbulent and agitated like “Nataraj” with the waves of anti-partition movement and this turbulence had given birth to a number of brave dreamers who were inspired by the paradigm of Swami Vivekananda. Sri Yogindnanata Tagore, a disciple of Swami Brahmananda (Rakhal Maharaj) – a brave soldier of the anti-British movement and an active member of Anushilan Samiti, set up an orphanage in the name of his preceptor at the house of Panjas at Alambazar in North Kolkata. In 1912 on the pious day of Akshaya Tritiya the organisation started its journey with the name “Brahmananda Balakashrama”.



Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School has become an embodiment of the ideology ‘service and welfare through education’, since its initiation in 1912, on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. Since then, through selflessness and service to the mankind, this organization so successfully caters the spiritual genre, convened by Lord Sri Ramakrishna, in every possible way.

The foundation stone of this ashrama, as a "Brahmananda Balakashrama", was laid by Sri Yogindranath Tagore, an eminent freedom-fighter and disciple of Srimat Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj, the first president of Ramakrishna Order. Later it was shifted into a one storied building adjacent to Jaikrishna Mitra Kalibari at Kutighat in the name of, “Baranagar Ramakrishna Ashrama for Orphan”. Then, in 1924 the Ashrama was acquired by Belur Math as a branch centre and hence, renamed as “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama , Baranagore”. On February 20, 1928, by the patronage of the late zaminders of Narali, Jessore, the Ashrama procured a land of 8 bigha and 8 chhatak beside Gopal Lal Tagore Road. It was the same Akshaya Tritiya on 11 May, 1929 the Ashrama was shifted to the plot.

The primary school, set up in the Ashrama premises in 1934, was sequentially upgraded to upper primary and then to lower secondary section in the year 1952. The multifaceted upper secondary wing of the institution was inaugurated in 1954 and it, henceforth got the recognition of ‘Madhyamik’ (Secondary).

11th May, 1998, on the auspicious Buddha Purnima, a parallel primary wing of the institution (from Class I to Class IV) was incepted under the jurisdiction of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math. This new segment was named "Ramakrishna Mission Centenary Primary School, Baranagore" and was inaugurated by Revered Srimat Swami Lokeswaranandaji on the occasion of ‘Centenary Celebration’.[6]


Unveiling ceremony of the plaque of Nivedita Bhawan on the day of inauguration

After a prolonged yet rigorous effort of 42 years, this institution has been elevated to the Higher Secondary level in 2018 and education is being imparted through Bengali and English medium in this section.[12]


Top view of BRKM campus during annual festival in 2018

Ashrama has a large campus. It contains a primary school section, secondary and higher secondary school section, libraries, three free coaching centres, a charitable homeopathic dispensary, a mobile medical unit, prayer hall, a temple, monk quarters and playgrounds.[5]


Secondary section[edit]

Corridor of secondary section building of school

There are two secondary section buildings in school campus, one for classes (V – VI) and other for classes (VII – X). There are five sections in each of the classes from V-VIII and in IX and X there are four sections each.

Higher secondary section[edit]

Nivedita Bhawan

There is one higher secondary section building in school campus for classes XI and XII. The building is named "Nivedita Bhawan" which was inaugurated by Swami Suhitananda ji maharaj on 14 May 2018.[7]


Secondary section (V – X) is affiliated by West Bengal Board of Secondary Education[2] and higher secondary section (XI – XII) is affiliated by West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education.[12][6]


Computer laboratory of higher secondary school of school

The present curriculum of higher secondary section, affiliated by WBCHSE, consists of Arts and Science stream, for the time being.[6]


BRKMAHS arranged an intensive cleaning programme Swachh Bharat mission in the neighbouring locality on June 30, 2016 in accordance with the instruction given by the headquarters Belur Math. More than 600 students of standards VIII, IX and X actively participated in the programme under the guidance of monastic members and brahmacharies of the Ashrama and almost all the teaching and non-teaching staff of the High School.[13]

Saraswati Puja at BRKM in 2019

Besides these, this institution is connected with many cultural and social activities throughout whole year.

Alumni association[edit]

Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School Ex-students Reunion Celebration Committee is the name of alumi association committee of BRKMAHS. This committee every year celebrates reunion ceremony for ex-students of school. They are connected with many social activities throughout the year.[14]

Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Praktan Chhatra Samsad under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Baranagore, organised a “Voluntary Blood Donation Camp” on 15 September, 2019, in association with blood bank of Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata, as a part of the concluding – 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Addresses at Sarada Bhawan. Total 51 units of blood were donated by ex-students of the ashrama high school, teachers, monastic members of different branch centres of the Ramakrishna Mission, Ashrama staff, volunteers and devotees. Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Praktan Chhatra Samsad Charitable Trust felicitated all the doctors who have been dedicatedly serving the poor & distressed patients throughout the year in the ashrama’s medical unit & also in medical camps at various remote places.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Typically pronounced /brkmɑːhs/ in the English-speaking world.
  2. ^ Typically pronounced Bengali pronunciation: [brkmaɦs] in the Bengali-speaking world.


  2. ^ a b "Affiliated Schools of West Bengal Board of secondary Education".
  3. ^ "Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School (H. S.)". 14 November 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ "List of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education affiliated schools". Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Baranagar, Kolkata". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Baranagore". Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Inauguration Of Nivedita Bhavan, Baranagar RKM". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  8. ^ Jones, Daniel (2003) [1917], Peter Roach; James Hartmann; Jane Setter (eds.), English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 3-12-539683-2
  9. ^ "Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math Branch Centres".
  10. ^ "Ramakrishna Math and Mission Branches In India".
  11. ^ Vivekananda, Swami. "Conversations And Dialogues ~ XVI". The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda. 7. Advaita Ashrama.
  12. ^ a b "Inauguration of Higher Secondary Course in BRKM". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, Baranagar". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  14. ^ "BRKMAHS Ex-students Reunion Celebration Committee".
  15. ^ "Blood Donation Camp: Baranagar Mission". 22 September 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  16. ^ "On Gomolo". Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Jeet Ganguly Biography". Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Shiboprosad Mukherjee Biography". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Tathagata Mukherjee Biography".

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