Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University Faculty centre for Agricultural Education and Research (RKMVU-FAR) is located in the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, a major educational centre of the Ramakrishna Mission. The Vidyalaya is situated 19 kms from Coimbatore City on the highway to Ootacamund, and is set in a serene environment spread over nearly 300 acres. The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, was started in 1930 with an investment of Rs. 5.75 and one harijan boy on its roll. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, laid the foundation stone of the Vidyalaya in one of its temporary campuses in early 1934. Later in the year, the Vidyalaya moved finally to its present sprawling campus. The Vidyalaya was affiliated to the Ramakrishna Mission in January 1935. Over a period of more than 85 years, the Vidyalaya has grown into a comprehensive and reputed complex with 19 educational institutions training over 7500 students every year, offering them facilities for education ranging from the pre-school to doctoral levels.
Quality and Excellence in Teaching
- The faculty offers facilities such as class room with LCD projectors well established Experimental farm cropped with sugarcane and coconut and has an orchard with Mango, Sapota, Guava, Pomegranate, Afghan Fig, Date palm trees. There is a kitchen garden and Lab lab field. A small medicinal garden is also available. A bio-gas generation unit, Livestock farm (Dairy and Goatery Unit), Sylvatic birds, Mushroom production unit and a vermicompost unit are available. Organic composting yards are available. Separate fields have been earmarked as wetlands, garden lands and dry lands. A cafeteria of different crops is raised for the practical exposure of students.
- Hands on training in scientific agricultural and horticultural techniques and analytical skills are taught to students.
- State-of-art knowledge in wider disciplines of agriculture are being imparted to the students to meet the global challenges.
- Training programmes to take up commercial agriculture is integrated as a component of curriculum.
- Exposure to motivational events for students to make them job providers rather than job seekers.
- Experiential Learning and Rural Agricultural Work Experience is introduced in the curriculum to offer scope for participatory and bottom up approaches of learning process
In addition to the classrooms and the lecture halls, the Faculty has additional rooms for the following laboratories:
- Soil science
- Agricultural Engineering
- Meteorological Observatory
- Audio-visual Lab
Library and Information Centre:
The Faculty has a good library with adequate books, journals and magazines. This library has adequate collection of extensive reference books including encyclopaedias, dictionaries, different subjects in agriculture and multimedia facilities.
The students are closely counselled and guided so that they attend to their assigned works at the allotted times. The day is scheduled to cater to the different needs of our students under the efficient supervision of experienced teachers. Most of the time of a student is spent in the campus either in the reading room, class rooms, playgrounds or attending to their hostel routine. Permission from the hostel warden / supervisor is compulsory to leave the campus. Normally, visitors are not allowed during week days. In case of necessity they should take prior permission from Secretary / Warden / Assistant Administrative Head.
The Faculty has a neat and simple hostel. A full-time warden looks after the activities of the hostel with the assistance of supervisors. He stays in the hostel round the clock and attends to the needs of the students, acting as a friend, philosopher and guide.
The Faculty has a canteen facility for the students and teachers while they are on the campus. This canteen is open also to the parents, visitors and guests of the institution. It functions from about 8 am to 6 pm on all working days.
The campus has a multi-purpose spacious auditorium, a fitness centre and several playgrounds, both indoor and outdoor. It also has extensive play facilities that include a 400 mts. track, standard fields for hockey, football, volleyball, tennis, ball badminton, kabaddi, etc., for the students.
A well-equipped indoor stadium of international standard is a special feature of this institution. A good physical fitness centre also is available for the students and staff of this college. This is kept open in the mornings and evenings so that the students can use this facility after the academic hours
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya has a common spacious auditorium, named the GKD auditorium, which can accommodate nearly 800 persons. Cultural functions, get-togethers, seminars, memorial lectures, etc. are held in this auditorium. A well-maintained garden surrounds this auditorium and a canteen is located adjacent to it.
Vidyalaya Agri Park:
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary (DARE), Govt. of India and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi inaugurated the ‘Vidyalaya Agri Park’which was developed in front of the Agriculture Institute. The park stands as a model for landscaping. It creates an aesthetic appearance besides educative to students.
Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya is venturing into the establishment of a unique effort of growing Nakshatra Vanam comprising of 108 trees species for each padas of 27 stars of the zodiac (27 stars x 4 padas = 108 trees). This could be the pioneering effort not only in our country but in the Universe. Devotees worship species for their particular ‘padaas’by way of watering and silent prayers, besides meditating under the tree. Going around the ‘Nakshatra Vanam’will be considered as equivalent to perform “Girivalam” (going around the hill temple)at‘Kailashmountain’,‘Govarthana mountain and also‘Thiruvannamalai mountain’.
The park is expected to stimulate the interest of our children in the fascinating story of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The park contains eye-catching, animated characters from the epics, representing various incidents mentioned in them. The idea is to motivate children to go round the park and acquire a fairly good idea of the Ramayana. For elaborations, illustrated boards with children-friendly narratives have been displayed at each station for the benefit of interested children and guardians.
An impressive 10½ feet bronze image of Swami Vivekananda, cast in Kolkata under the close supervision of a monk of the Ramakrishna Order, was installed here on 3 February 2005, the Vidyalaya’s Foundation Day. It serves a particular need of the people, adults and children of the area, viz. a healthy, safe and serene place to relax, which most of the residential localities lack. The imposing image of the Swami, placed facing the Coimbatore-Ooty highway, and in a beautiful landscape, is a daily reminder to the travellers on the road of the renowned monk who did so much for India in particular, and to humanity in general.