Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra, a unit of Ramakrishna Math, Baghbazar have drawn up several projects of Seva Activities in our centre located in Baghbazar, Kolkata where Holy Mother lived. With a large area of slum dwellers and the down trodden population nearby, we have focused on self-sufficiency and outcome based training and have established tie-ups with various state agencies and corporate entities for their upliftment. These are being implemented through Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra, under the aegis of West Bengal State Council for Technical Education and Skill Development, West Bengal Swarojgar Corporation Ltd under Ministry of Self Help Group & SE, Govt. of West Bengal. The website depicts a glimpse of the programs taken up for achieving the above goal.
Swami Vivekananda emphatically said “….. After so much austerity, I have understood this is a real truth – God is present in every jiva; there is no other God beside that. “Who serves jiva, serves God indeed”
Ramakrishna Math (Baghbazar), a branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur is located in Baghbazar with a large area of slum dwellers and the downtrodden population nearby. In the year 2014, the plight of local slum dwellers residing at Canal side of Beliaghata Circular Canal had prompted us to consider multi-faceted approach for up-liftment of local community, especially, in regard to women who are very much vulnerable to human trafficking, who were working merely as house-maids in the locality.
To plan proper implementation of the project of empowering local population coming from the lower strata of the society, Ma Sarada Vocational Training Centre was established in the 2nd floor of Udbodhan Building in June 2014 with the affiliation received from MSME, Govt. of India and West Bengal State Council of Technical Education, Kolkata for imparting training on Computers (Basic, Fundamentals and Accounting with Tally) with just 10 PCs. Certificates were issued by MSME, Govt.
For womenfolk, we started imparting guidance in forming Self-help groups among local women who were interested in Tailoring course so that after training they can continue with same trade and earn their own living. By January 2015, training to SHG members got due recognition from the Ministry of SHG and SE, Govt. of West Bengal, who were very much keen to assist 14 separate SHG groups on their path to self-reliance and on 15th march 2015, West Bengal Swarojgar Corporation took initiative in funding for training cum production centre in the ground floor of annex building of holy mother house.
A new identity for the establishment was given as Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra set up with joint collaboration with West Bengal Swarojgar Corporation limited under the aegis of Ministry of SHG and SE, Govt. of West Bengal.
Important Milestones of the History of Institution
On 3rd January 2015, Ramakrishna Math, Baghbazar was awarded “SREI Samman 2015” for outstanding contribution towards up-liftmen and empowerment of women slum dwellers around Baghbazar and its surrounding areas. A plaque and Rs. 50000 was awarded in presence of Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal among foreign dignitaries coming from all over the world.
Establishment of Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra
A well-managed Retail outlet centre, namely, Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra setup with joint collaboration of West Bengal Swarojgar Corporation Ltd, Govt. of West Bengal was inaugurated on 10th March 2015 in presence of Shri Sadhan Pande, Shri Shanti Ram Mahato and Dr. Shashi Panja from Govt. of West Bengal, where products from SHG groups from all over West Bengal were being on display and sold, thus imparting direct financial help to SHG groups making them Self-Reliant. There were so many Job Oriented Self Help Training Programs running under Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra regularly, like Agarbati production, Jute Diversified Goods Training, Mobile Repairing, Tailoring, Web Page Design & Web Site Maintenance, Computer Training for SHG, Employability Enhancement Program, Fancy Textile Design etc. Swamiji emphatically said “…… After so much austerity, I have understood this is a Real Truth — God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God beside that. “Who serves Jiva, serves God indeed.” (Pic below showing the Retail Outlet on Inauguration Day)
Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra has in March 2016 established a training centre at Pran krishna Mukherjee Road, Kol-700002, where training on Domestic Electrician Course, Auto technician Course (both Theoretical & practical) and Agarbati Production unit is located.