Activities of the Ashrama along the lines laid down by Swami Vivekananda – "Atmano Mokshartham Jagadhitaya cha" or "for the liberation of self & welfare of the world."
As in previous years this year too we are awarding scholarships to poor and meritorious candidates (from higher primary to PG level) of the state. More than Rs.7 lakhs of scholarships will be distributed to 370 students which will help them continue their education.
In the region of Belgaum-Dharwad alone more than 160 candidates were chosen to receive scholarships. A programme was organized in the Ashrama for their distribution. A brief report of the programme is given below:
Guests of Honour :
1. Sri Vijay Rajak, CEO, Cantonment Board Belgaum
2. Sri Kushal Banerjee, Chief Regional Manager, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Belgaum
3. Sri Suresh Hundre, Chairman and Managing Director, Polyhydron Pvt. Ltd., Belgaum
4. Colonel Jayaram, Training Battalion Commander, MLIRC, Belgaum
The programme began with the vedic chanting by the Sannyasis of the Ashrama. After the welcome and introduction, the guests of honour addressed the gathering of students and youths on the important principles of a good living, viz., discipline, patience and hard work, self confidence, planned work, ethical and moral values, the need for struggle and sacrifice. Swami Vivekananda’s strength giving and character building views on education and its aim were also discussed. Swamiji and the guests of honour distributed scholarships to candidates from Belgaum and Dharwad regions.
In his presidential address Swami Raghaveshanandaji highlighted the need to learn English and develop communication skills. He cited the recent survey conducted by UNESCO on rural students of India. In this UNESCO report it was mentioned that the rural students can become equally successful as those from the cities provided they develop better communcation skills.
In this programme the Ashrama also felicitated Sri Suresh Hundre for being the first recipient of the COSIA (Chamber of Small Industries Association, Thane) Adarsh Entrepreneur Award at the national level for best entrepreneur. Swami Raghaveshanandaji said he exemplified how one can be successful in business even while strictly adhering to ethical norms.