Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra,a unit of Ramakrishna Math, Baghbazar have drawn up several projects of Seva Activities in our center located in Baghbazar, Kolkata where Holy Mother lived. With a large area of slum dwellers and the downtrodden 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, Skill Development & training, 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 besides that. “Who serves jiva, serves God indeed....."

History of Institute

Ramakrishna Math (Baghbazar), a branch center 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 the multi-faceted approach for the upliftment of the 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 2014with 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 withTally) with just 10 PCs. Computers 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 center in the
the ground floor of annex building of Holy Mother’s 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.

In July 2018, a new training centre was set up at 20 Prankrishna Mukherjee Road,Kolkata-2 enabling us to undertake all training program under one roof.

Establishment of Ma Sarada Swanirvar Kendra

A well-managed Retail outlet center, 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 SwanirvarKendra 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 besides 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 center at 20 Pran Krishna
Mukherjee Road, Kol-700002, where training on Domestic Electrician Course, Auto technician Course (both Theoretical & practical) and Agarbati Production unit is located.

Inauguration of Training Centre (Phase – II)

To commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Historic addresses at World’s
Parliament of Religions in Chicago, newly constructed Training center (Phase- II) of Ma Sarada
Swanirvar Kendra, a unit of Ramakrishna Math, Baghbazar for unemployed youth has been inaugurated by Most Revered Srimat Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj, President, Ramakrishna Math
& Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math on 29th July 2018 in presence of Swami Suviranandaji Maharaj, General Secretary Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math and Hon’ble Minister Sri Sadhan Pande, MIC, SHG & SE Department, Govt. of West Bengal and a large number of Monks, devotees and well-wishers.

Important Milestones of the History of Institution

On 3 rd 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.