Swami Vivekananda on Charity
|“||Never mind if your contribution is only a mite, your help only a little; blades of grass united in to a rope will hold in confinement the maddest of elephants, - says the old proverb.||”|
|“||Let me tell you again that you must be pure and help any one who comes to you, as much as lies in your power. And this is good Karma. By the power of this, the heart becomes pure (Chitta-shuddhi), and then Shiva who is residing in every one will become manifest.||”|
The students of the university come from different economical and social background. Many of them need financial support for tuition, boarding and lodging, costing about thirty-five thousand rupees per year per student. Any donation in this regard will go to the corresponding endowment fund of the university which provides scholarships to the students. A donor can also provide a student scholarship in the memory of any person. In such cases the scholarship will be named after that person.
Faculty Sponsorships and Chairs
The faculty of the university needs salaries and contingency support to discharge their research and teaching responsibilities. The young faculties require around one lakh rupees per month as a salary, and one lakh rupees per year as contingency. Senior faculties require around two lakh rupees per month as a salary, and two lakh rupees per year as contingency. If a senior faculty receives pension from his/her previous employment, then the salary requirement for the senior faculty reduces to one lakh rupees per month. A donor can also provide this support in the memory of any person. In such cases their will be a chair named after that person in any school/department/subject of donor's choice.
Support to Monastic Faculties and Members'
Monks of Ramakrishna Mission are assigned the responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. Because of their monastic vows, the monks are not entitled to receive any salary or honorarium for their service to the university. However, financial support is needed to provide food, clothing, medical, travel and other general expenses. Any donation in this regard will be considered as Sadhu Seva.
The university need regular money for salaries of non-teaching staff, various educational and religious programmes, and other running expences.
Community Service Activities of the University
The university is active in doing community service outside the university campuses and in rural India. These activities include Vivekdisha project, Yoga project, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, centre for disabled children.
The university needs regular donations for library, laboratories, construction of new buildings/facilities, maintenance, etc.
How to Donate
Donations in Indian currency (INR) can be made by cash, by cheque or by demand draft. Cheques and drafts may be drawn in favour of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Belur Math. Donors giving donations exceeding Rs.10000 must provide their PAN card number.
Cheques in any foreign currency should be drawn in favour of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (FC), Belur Math.
Cheques and demand drafts may be sent by post to:
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Univerity,
PO Belur Math,
Howrah, West Bengal, 711202, India
Bank account details for direct bank transfer to the university bank account:
Donation in Indian currency (INR) :
United Bank of India, Belur Math Branch
Donation in any foreign currency :
State Bank of India, Belur Math Branch
After the bank transfer, please inform Swami Kaleshananda (email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) giving (a) the details of the transfer, (b) particulars of the donor, including mailing address, email and phone number, and (c) category of donation. Any query related to donations can be sent to Swami Kaleshananda.
The Government of India has granted 100% income tax exemption to the university under section 80G, subsection 2(a) (iii f) of the income tax act, 1961, by an order issued by the department of revenue, ministry of finance. This is a provision applicable to universities and academic institutions of national eminence.
All the donations to the university will therefore be eligible for 100% exemption from income tax.