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Ramakrishna Mission’s Awakening Programme

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    17th Sep, 2022


Recently, the Union Minister for Education launched Ramakrishna Mission’s ‘Awakening’ Programme for school students.

About the Awakening Programme

  • It is an initiative towards ensuring overall personality development of a child in line with the philosophy of National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.
  • It is for the students of classes I to V.
  • Ramakrishna Mission’s ‘Awakening’ Program aims to enable children to build “ATMASHRADDHA” (Self-esteem) and make responsible choices.
    • Ramakrishna Mission’s ‘Awakening’ Program helps them to find solutions for all problems of life.

Background of Ramakrishna Mission’s Awakening Program

  • Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi branch, from 2014 onwards, has been successfully conducting the Awakened Citizen Program (ACP) for middle school students.
  • About 6,000 Schools (KVs, JNVs, Government and private schools) involving 55,000 teachers and 12lacs students have benefitted under ACP.
  • A program called ‘Awakening’ which is closely aligned to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has been designed and piloted across 126 schools.
  • During the covid pandemic, this pilot program gave great solace to struggling teachers, parents and students, as indicated in the encouraging feedback received from participants.
    • After successfully piloting, the program “Awakening” was launched nationwide by the government.


  •  Social transformation is one of the key goals of education.
  • Values and wisdom are more important than material wealth.
  • Value-based education is important for building a future-ready and socially conscious generation.

About Ramakrishna Mission

  • Beginning: Swami Vivekananda established the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897.
  • Objective: Through Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekanand aimed to bring the noblest ideas to the doorstep of even the poorest and the meanest.
  • Key Role: Ramakrishna Mission works in the area of value-based education, culture, health, women’s empowerment, youth and tribal welfare and relief and rehabilitation.


  • “ATMANO MOKSHARTHAM JAGAD HITAYA CHA” (“For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world”).

About Swami Vivekanand

  • He was born as Narendranath Datta on 12th January 1863.
  • In 1893, upon the request of Maharaja Ajit Singh of the Khetri State, he took the name ‘Vivekananda.’
  • National Youth Day is held every year to observe the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.


  • Introduced the world to the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga.
    • He preached ‘neo-Vedanta’, an interpretation of Hinduism through a Western lens, and believed in combining spirituality with material progress.
  • Laid the greatest emphasis on education for the regeneration of our motherland.Advocated a man-making character-building education.
  • Best known for his speech at the World Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893.
  • Spelt out the four pathways of attaining moksha from the worldly pleasure and attachment in his books - Raja-yoga, Karma-yoga, Jnana-yoga and Bhakti-yoga.
  • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had called Vivekananda the “maker of modern India.”

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