Started in 1971, Ramakrishna Mission’s branch at Narottam Nagar runs one of the most acclaimed residential schools of Arunachal Pradesh. Spread over a large campus of about three hundred acres in the confluence of Namsang and Dehing rivers, the school has played a key role in shaping the life of Arunachali boys. To mark fifty years of its glorious existence and selfless service in the remote forests of challenging Tirap district, a six-day long Golden Jubilee Celebration was organized in its premises during 18-23 May 2022.
The Celebration was formally inaugurated on 21st May 2022 by Sri Amit Shah, Hon’ble Union Home Minister. Other Ministers who joined him in the celebration are Sri KirenRijiju, Union Minister for Law and Justice, Sri Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Sri Chowna Mein, Dy. Chief Minister, Sri Tapir Gao, Member of Parliament, State Cabinet Ministers Sri Bamen Felix, Sri WangkiLowang and others.
Sri Amit Shah, as Chief Guest of the function unveiled an eighteen feet high statue of Swami Vivekananda (30 feet from road level including pedestal) by the side of a new 2.6 km diversion road that would free the campus of Ramakrishna Mission from public trespassing, gifted few cows, laid foundation stone for new hostel buildings, released a special documentary video and a commemorative Souvenir. As submitted by the Secretary of the Centre and under advice of Shri Amit Shah, Shri Pema Kandu, Chief Minister declared that the new diversion road by the side of which the statue of Swami Vivekananda has been unveiled would be named “Vivekananda Marg”. About 5000 people attended the Public Meeting on 21st May which is huge considering sparse population in the region.
The Alumni Meet held on 20 May 2022 was first such Get-together for the past pupils of the institution. Shri Pema Khandu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh was Chief Guest for the function. Sri Tapir Gao, Member of Parliament, Arunachal Pradesh, Shri WangkiLowang, Minister for PHE, W.S. &DoTCL, Arunachal Pradesh and Sri TabaTedir, Hon’ble Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs, (the last two also Alumnus of Ramakrishna Mission), Smt. Padmini Singla, IAS, Commissioner (Education) and Shri Prashant SitaramLokhande, IAS, Commissioner (Planning & Investment) were other honored guests. About 500 alumni participated in the day long function and presented cultural items in the evening. All the Alumnus were presented special memento and other gifts.
Before all these events, on 18 May, a special Get-together for Monastics was organized. About fifty monastics including those currently serving at Narottam Nagar participated. Reminiscences by senior swamis about the challenges faced at Narottam Nagar and how it could be taken to new heights was the theme of discussion.
Huge steel-structured pandal, ornamented gates, cultural programme by different tribes from the region, Odissi dance by professionals etc. added to the grandeur of the celebration. All Staff including their family members were gifted T-shirt/Sarees and were provided festive food on 21 and 22 May. Participants were presented Golden Jubilee gift kits.
Most Revered Srimat Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math blessed 106 devotees, including some local Tribals with Mantra Diksha on 19th and 23rd May 2022.