Extra-curricular Activities



Religious Instruction

                     Swami Vivekananda had always emphasized the religious-spiritual moornings of India. The whole harmony, that is India, has religion as its basic note. Its reveberations must echo and re-echo in all the national endeavours. That is why Vivekananda College has its identity sealed in its religion classes. 'To me, the very essence of education is concentration of mind', said SwamiVivekananda and it is practised in the 'silent meditation' during the religion classes.

Knowledge is meaningful information and wisdom is usable knowledge; if education is identical with information, the libraries are the greatest sages in the world, and encyclopedias are the rishis, says Swamiji. The religion classes instruct the students on the importance of assimiation, which manifests itself as acdemic excellence, social service and robust patriotism. Love of man through practise of brotherhood, love of society issuing as service, ove of motherland showing itself up as pride of heredity are corollaries to the religion classes. Unassimilated knowledge is like undigested food leading to dyspepsia. The religion classes are thus the microcosm of the College.

Religious instruction is given to all students of this College during the first period on the first day of "academic week". These classes are inaugurated every year by the President of the Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. The religion classes start with the chanting of the Purusha Suktham, the Narayana Sukta, the Bhruguvalli, Sikshavalli, Sanyasa Yoga and the College prayer, followed by devotional songs and two minutes of silent meditation. After the chanting, there will be lectures on the lives and teachings of the Holy Trinity and of Swami Ramakrishnananda (Sashi Maharaj).

In all these classes, attendance will be taken and absence from these classes will be viewed seriously. The College celebrates the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy Mother, Swami Vivekananda and Sashi Maharaj in these prayer meetings.

At the end of the course, an examination in religion for all the classes will be conducted to decide the award of prizes in religion.

Vivekananda Study Circle

                     The Study Circle was inaugurated in 1974 with a view to inspire the staff and students of this College with the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. A regular study of the Ramakrishna - Vivekananda literature and other important Hindu scriptures is done under the inspiring guidence of the Rector Maharaj. The student wing is studying Life and Works of Swami Vivekananda. Students who attend classes regularly will get a certificate at the end. Classese are generally held once or twice a week during lunch recess. Those who want to join the Study Circle may contact the Professor-in-charge of the Study Circle.

Co-curricular Projects

There are seven projects functioning in the College.

They are:

Photographic Club

Public Speaking Club

Fine Arts Club

Numismatics & Epigraphic Club

Viveka Nature Club

All the students and staff are eligible to become members of these clubs. The primary objective of Co-curricular projects is to unearth the hidden talents of the students, provide an all-round development in them and given them chance to express themselves. Further particulars can be had from the Professor-in-charge of each activity.

 

College Magazine

                    VIVEKA is the name of the College magazine brought out in March every year. There is an Editorial Committee consisting of the Principal, a Chief Editor and some members of the staff nominated by the Principal as the Assistant Editors and the Student President of the College Union.

Articles (in English, Tamil, Sanskrit or Hindi, sketches and photographs by the students, alumni and members of the staf are published in the magazine. Curricular of the co-curricular activities of the College are also presented in the form of reports.

Apart from providing intellectual, physical, cultural and religious training to the students, the College brings out through this Magazine the latent creative talents of promising students by encouraging them to produce creative works of art and also share their knowledge with others. In order to encourage self-expression by the students, prizes are awarded to them for the best contributions every year. The Magazine is a record of all the activities-curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular, that take place in a year.

Students' Union

                     All the studentsof the College are ipso facto members of the College Union. Public lectures by distinguished persons and debates and discussons on current topics are held under the auspices of the Union. A Speaker's Club is also run as an adjunct to the Union. The Principal is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Union. Besides the Chairman and staff advisers, the Executive Committee will consist of the student President, the student Vice-President, and the student Secretary, duly elected by the students of the College. Students seeking election to the Union should not have arrears in Examinations. They should not have come under condonation or detention during the previous years and should have put in atleast 75% attendance during the current year until the announcement of the date of election. The activities of the College Union should concentrate on the welfare of the students and their overall personality development.