Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (RKMVERI) is a not-for-profit educational institution that relies on financial support from government bodies and individual donors.
In keeping with the RKMVERI’s thrust areas (which are chosen with some social-cause in end) many of its programmes are designed to address the needs of the marginalized and underprivileged sections of the society, and the rural masses of India. Also, some of the thrust areas are chosen to help expose and sensitize the people to the glorious heritage of India while at the same time training them in scientific temper and modern ways of thought. And with such end in view, RKMVERI does not / can not rely solely on fees-collections for meeting the operational expenses, and so it requires financial support from government and the generous support of large-hearted donors (individual and organizations).
We gratefully accept donations from anyone who wishes to contribute to RKMVERI’s mission of spreading education in light of Swami Vivekananda’s ideals.
Indian donations (donate online) : Now donations to RKMVERI can be sent online through our Secure Portal. At present only donations from India are accepted on this portal.
Foreign donations or donations from outside India (from Banks/Cards issued outside India) : For details please see page Donate through Cheque / DD / NEFT Bank Transfer.
RKMVERI seeks donations for the following causes.
|Donations to the General Fund will be utilized for paying salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff, conducting various educational programmes, and other operational expenses.|
|Any donations made in this category shall be utilized for maintenance of libraries, laboratories, construction & maintenance of buildings/facilities, maintenance, etc.|
Spiritual Heritage Courses
|RKMVERI conducts a large number of Certificate courses on Indian Spiritual Heritage at the Main (Belur) campus of the university. The classes are taught by monks of the Ramakrishna Order and are primarily designed to familiarize the general public with the spiritual heritage of India. Donations made in this category shall contribute towards meeting the organizational expenses involved in running these courses.|
Student Scholarships – Students from Economically Weaker Sections
|Donations to this cause benefit the students of RKMVERI who come relatively weak economic and social backgrounds. Many such students require financial support for tuition, boarding and lodging expenses (which usually add up to about 45,000/- rupees per student per semester). A donor can also make donations in memory of any person. In such cases the scholarship will be named after that person.|
|Donations in this category are used to support the Department of Sanskrit. All programmes in Sanskrit Studies are fully residential, modeled on the traditional Gurukula system of education, and the courses are almost free or largely subsidized for most of the students.|
Thakur Sri Ramakrishna Seva
As a university deriving inspiration from Swami Vivekananda, established and operated by the Ramakrishna Mission and served by sadhus of the Ramakrishna Order, the Belur main campus of RKMVERI houses a shrine for Sri Ramakrishna where daily worship is conducted by the sadhus. Any donations in this category shall be utilized for upkeep of this shrine and conducting daily puja and offerings, which we believe helps maintain the sanctity of this university which is a temple of learning.
Saraswati Puja & Religious/Cultural Functions
|Any donations made to this cause shall be utilized for conducting the annual Saraswati Puja and other annual religious and cultural celebrations conducted at RKMVERI. Being a university dedicated to the preservation of the ancient heritage of India, pursuing education in its various forms and serving humanity as God, we consider worship of the goddess of learning as a source of auspiciousness and conducive of success in all educational endeavors of the university.|
Honorary Monastic Members/Sadhu Seva
|Monks of Ramakrishna Order are involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University. On account of their monastic vows, monks are not entitled to receive any salary or honorarium for their service to the university. However, financial support is required in-order to provide food, clothing, medical, travel and other general expenses. Any donations in this regard will be considered as Sadhu Seva.|
12th January – National Youth Day
|Every year, RKMVERI organizes National Youth Day celebrations marking the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, in whose hallowed name this university has been founded. Donations made in this category shall contribute towards meeting the organizational expenses involved in conducting these celebrations.|
Corpus Funds for Infrastructure – Land & Building
|Donations made to this cause shall be utilized for maintaining and expanding the land and building (immovable) infrastructure of RKMVERI, which is extremely essential in view of the increasing demand for classroom and residential space in the institution owing to the increasing numbers of students and the wide-ranging service activities taken up by the institution.|
Corpus Funds for Books and Study Materials
|Any donations that fall in this category shall be utilized in purchasing books and study materials for the benefit of the students and other members of the campus community.|
Corpus Funds for Infrastructure (movable property)
|Donations in this regard shall be utilized for the purchase and maintenance of movable infrastructure in the campus, including laboratory equipment, furniture, etc.|
Donations can also be made towards endowment funds that have been created in order to benefit the smooth running of some of the activities of the university in the long-term.
1. General Endowment
|Donations to the General Endowment will be utilized for paying salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff, conducting various educational programmes, and other operational expenses.|
2. Research Work
|Research is performed by various departments of RKMVERI in a diverse variety of subjects. An endowment earmarked for research enables the university to supplement grants from governmental or non-governmental sources towards research and help avoid disruptions in projects due to financial reasons.|
3. Student Scholarships / Prizes
|This endowment shall enable RKMVERI to award scholarships and prizes to students based on financial needs and merit. This would enable the university to maintain its commitment towards giving an opportunity for meritorious students from underprivileged backgrounds to pursue higher education.|
4. Thakur Seva and Monastic Members Expenses (Sadhu Seva)
|This endowment shall enable the long-term maintenance of the University shrine dedicated to Thakur Sri Ramakrishna as well as contribute to the living expenses of the monastic members serving the university.|
5. Vivekdisha – free online classes and other activities
|Vivekdisha is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based network that conducts online education at school level (especially rural schools where teachers are not available for all subjects), teachers’ training, etc. As of year 2020 Vivekdisha reaches out to more than 11000 students online (most of them are rural).|
How to Donate
Now donations to RKMVERI can be sent online through our Secure Portal. At present only donations from India are accepted on this Portal.
Donations through Cheque / DD or direct bank transfer (NEFT, RTGS, etc.)
Both Indian and foreign donations : please visit the page Cheque / DD / NEFT Bank Transfer
100% Tax Exemption
The Government of India has granted 100% income tax exemption to RKMVERI (formerly known as ‘Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda 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 (Click here to read Tax-Exemption Order). This is a provision applicable to universities and academic institutions of National Eminence. All the donations to RKMVERI will therefore be eligible for 100% exemption from Income tax.