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  • Faculty of 'Integrated Rural Development and Management' (IRDM) at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, Kolkata, West Bengal,
  • Faculty of 'Integrated Rural and Tribal Development and Management' (IRTDM) at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ranchi (Morabadi), Jharkhand,
  • Research in Indian culture and philosophy, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda thought vis-a-vis modern trends in socio-political thought, Vedanta in all its aspects, comparative religion, Vedanta vis-a-vis modern science, consciousness studies, translation studies and so on, at the Vivekananda Research Centre at Swami Vivekananda's Ancestral House, Kolkata, West Bengal.

Close on heels to the above development, namely, the starting of the 'off-campus' centres at Narendrapur, Ranchi and Swamiji's own birthplace in Kolkata, came another remarkable development--another pet dream of Swamiji realized. Swami Vivekananda's passion for Sanskrit as well as for fundamental science is well known. Further, the combination of the best elements of the East and the West was Swamiji's favourite dream. In fact, he is said to have told Swami Premananda, his dear brother-disciple, on the very day of his mahasamadhi on 4 July 1902 that "on the lands of Belur should be established a University that would keep the ancient Indian traditional wisdom in tact and harmonize it with the modern scientific knowledge". In pursuance of this grand wish of this great rishi of the modern age, two Schools have been started at the Belur main campus. One, the School of Mathematical Sciences devoted to three important areas of fudandamental science, namely, pure mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer sciences--areas which receive little attention in most Indian Universities. Two, the School of Indian Heritage, devoted to Sanskrit Studies, ancient Indian scientific heritage and Vedanta, particularly the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita. Conceptually, these two Schools have been placed alongside each other to create a natural and unconscious blend of thought as Swamiji envisioned. Interestingly, the physical structures housing these two Schools are mirror images of each other, declaring even at the physical level the unique blend of the East and the West that Swamiji wanted. Swamiji also desired a college for teaching comparative religion and Vedanta in all its phases, the Advaita, Vishishtadvaita and Dvaita aspects. The University is therefore establishing a third School, namely, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, wherein are being started teaching and research in Bengali Studies, Philosophical Studies and Economic Studies. All the aspects of Vedanta and comparative religions will also be some of the main subjects of study in this School.

Swami Vivekananda's emphasis on man-making and character-building education is always being kept in view in all the programmes and courses of study in the University bearing his hallowed name.