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 part of the ongoing 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Belgaum had organized a series of talks by Dr. T G K Murthy, Adviser to the Department of Science and Technology (formerly Program Director & Outstanding Scientist at ISRO, from March 17th to 20th) for students of various disciplines. Along with this, one session for teachers, lecturers and professors and another for devotees and general public were also organized on the evenings of 17th and 18th March respectively.
There were 4 sessions (2 hours each) held for different student audiences from 17th to 20th of March. The first and last sessions were for students from engineering colleges. The other two sessions were for BSc and Polytechnic college students respectively. A total of 580 students participated in these 4 sessions.
The theme for the student sessions was ‘Creativity and Innovation’. During these sessions a video film on the Indian space programme, its importance and application was screened. This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Murthy about Indian and world scientists, creativity in science and the intuitive faculty of truly creative people. He then spoke of Swami Vivekananda and his contribution to science, the greatness of the Indian mind and its contribution to world science, etc.
Dr. Murthy’s talks were direct and inspiring.
All the students received a book on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and a poster of Swamiji at the end of the session.
The session for teachers and professors on ‘Education, Human Excellence and Management’ was attended by about 60 teachers on the evening of Saturday, 17th March.
On the evening of Sunday, 18th March, about 150 devotees and members of the public attended a talk by Dr. Murthy on ‘Sri Ramakrishna for the Modern Man’ based on the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna.