In India: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has instructed all of its schools to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda befittingly with various events throughout the year.
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.)
Bhubaneswar: A two-day programme comprising discourses and devotional singing on 15 and 16 July which was attended by about 320 persons daily.
Chengalpattu: Processions, bhajans and film shows on Swami Vivekananda at Nethampakkam, Mudukarai, Vilanganur, Kattu-Devatur, Kotamedu, Netrampakkam and Gurupadamedu on 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, 21 and 22 July respectively;
Chennai Mission Ashrama: Teachers’ convention on 9 June in which about 200 teachers took part;
Delhi: In a function held at the centre on 14 July, four NGOs were presented with ‘Swami Vivekananda Award’, instituted by the Ashrama, for their outstanding service to the poor and underprivileged;
Institute of Culture, Gol Park: In a function held at the Institute on 26 July, Sri M K Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal, released four books on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, one each in Assamese, Bengali, Nepali and Oriya, published by the print-media committee constituted for the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Sri Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal Minister for Commerce and Industries, was the chief guest and Swami Bhajananandaji, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, presided over the meeting.
Khetri: Youth convention on 19 and 20 July, in which about 200 persons, mainly students and teachers of various colleges in Jhunjhunu district, took part;
Port Blair: Talks on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda in 10 schools in July, which were attended by about 4800 students in all.
Pune: Conventions for teachers, corporate executives, youths and devotees on 8, 13, 14 and 15 July respectively, in which about 950 teachers, 250 corporate executives, 330 youths and 250 devotees took part;
Salem: Comprehensive value education programmes on the Ashrama premises in the months of June and July, in which altogether nearly 1600 students participated;
Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House: On the centre’s initiative, one institution in North Kolkata organized a seminar on 7 July on ‘Swami Vivekananda in Today’s Perspective’.