The following centres organized various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)
India: Bangalore: Vivekananda retreat for 200 children of an orphanage on 2 October.
Baranagar Mission: State-level cultural competitions from 25 to 28 October, in which 127 students from all the 19 districts of West Bengal participated.
Value education programmes in 4 schools and 1 college in the month of October; altogether 1077 students attended the programmes.
Bhubaneswar: Talks on Swami Vivekananda at the Ashrama on 29 & 30 September, which were attended by about 325 persons on each day.
Meetings, cultural competitions, processions and cultural programmes in 26 schools and 13 colleges in 8 districts of Odisha from 21 August to 18 October, which were attended by about 11,000 students in all.
A talk on Swami Vivekananda on 11 October, which was attended by 25 senior agriculture officers, professors and others.
Chandigarh: The centre conducted 12 programmes in different educational institutions in and around Chandigarh in which altogether 1435 students took part. Discourses, exhibition, distribution of literature, etc formed part of the programmes.
Delhi: A Digital Learning Centre with interactive smart boards was inaugurated on 12 October. The facility is being extended to the poor students of the coaching centre of the Ashrama.
The Ashrama held the first two rounds of its All India Online GenNext Leadership Contest for youths from 1 June to 31 August and 15 September to 15 October, in which nearly 27,000 students from about 4500 institutions spanning the entire country participated.
“Harmony through Music”, a programme of Sufi music by a renowned Sufi singer, was conducted on 28 October.
Institute of Culture, Kolkata: Elocution and essay competitions in Sanskrit on 5 September, in which respectively 22 and 25 candidates took part.
A national seminar on “Spirituality and Positive Psychology” on 29 and 30 September, in which 8 papers were presented in the Academic Sessions and 7 speeches were delivered in the Inaugural and Valedictory Sessions.
The Institute held a programme at Science City, Kolkata, on 10 October, in which Kumari Selja, Union Minister of Culture, inaugurated a laser documentary on Swami Vivekananda, made by Sri Manick Sorcar, a renowned laserist of USA.
Kanchipuram: Talks on Swami Vivekananda in 3 colleges in the month of October, which were attended altogether by nearly 1250 students and 50 teachers.
Kochi: Youth camps on 6 & 27 October, in which altogether about 200 youths took part.
Lucknow: An interfaith conference on 11 September, which was attended by about 400 people.
Ooty: The centre conducted the following programmes in collaboration with Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya:
(a) Cultural competitions, and speeches at a school in Agalar, Dist. Nilgiris, on 12 October,
(b) Procession, public meeting and devotional music at Adigaratty village, Dist. Nilgiris, on 17 October,
(c) Cultural competitions, public meeting, film show and cultural programmes at Aravanakadu, Dist. Nilgiris, on 21 October.
Altogether about 3600 people, including 1000 students, participated in the programmes.
Palai: Cultural competitions, in which 210 students from 8 schools and 3 colleges took part.
Ponnampet: In collaboration with Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy, Madikeri, the centre organized Kodava Music Festival on 5 and 6 October in which many artistes participated. Music competitions were held in five categories for different age groups. Altogether about 2800 people attended the programmes.
Pune: A residential camp for 50 rural youths on 6 & 7 October.
A workshop for 110 B.Ed. students on 13 October.
Japa Yajna on 14 October, in which 127 devotees participated.
Ranchi Sanatorium: A hockey tournament on 2 October in which 16 teams from 16 villages around Ranchi participated.
Salem: Value education programmes in two colleges from 3 to 6 October, in which altogether 400 students took part.
Talk on Swami Vivekananda at a school in Valayapatti (Namakkal district) on 5 October, which was attended by 1150 students and teachers.
Sargachhi: A cycle rally from Sargachhi Ashrama to Swamiji’s Ancestral House from 14 October morning to 15 October evening, in which 150 rural youths participated as cyclists; 11 motor cycles and 2 decorated vehicles accompanied the rally.
Sarisha: Cultural competitions in the month of September, in which 339 students of 38 schools took part.
Sikra-Kulingram: Spiritual retreat on 2 October, in which nearly 400 devotees took part.
Silchar: Youth conventions on 12 & 13 October, in which 635 students participated, and a spiritual retreat on 14 October, in which 580 devotees took part.
Swamiji’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: At the initiative of the centre, seven institutions in Kolkata organized talks on Swami Vivekananda in the month of October, which were attended by nearly 3200 people in all.
Thiruvananthapuram: Sri Hansraj Bhardwaj, Governor of Kerala, performed Bhoomi Puja for the proposed statue of Swami Vivekananda at Kowdiar Park, Thiruvananthapuram, to be installed by the Ashrama.
Vadodara: Talks on Swami Vivekananda at 11 educational institutions in various parts of Gujarat, which were attended by about 2900 students in all.
Three youth conventions, one each in three cities of Gujarat, in which altogether nearly 900 youths took part.
Outside India: Colombo (Sri Lanka): Lectures and a seminar in the month of September, which were attended by about 800 people in all.
New York Vedanta Society (USA): A music programme on the premises of the Society on 28 October.