In the month of March, 1980, a young lad of twenty seven Sri Arabinda Bhattacharyya while working with the Leprosy Mission, in Bagmundi found that the people of this area of Purulia were not only poverty stricken but also illiterate. This area lacked educational institutions to educate the Tribal and Backward classes who lived in this area.
His dream and desire then was to stand by the forgotten helpless people of this remote under developed area of Purulia District at the border of West Bengal. Unlike other contemporary youths, in search of comfortable livelihood of an well established profession at the end of their studies, this unconventional young man plunged into the life of self imposed hard labour and struggle.
He ventured into the woody hills of Ayodhya and Bagmundi with a mission to improve the quality of life of these people. He realized that lack of knowledge and illiteracy among the Tribals and the Backward class people were the main reasons for poverty and disease among the population of this area. He then decided that education was the only basic tool with which social evils like poverty and diseases could be combated.
Meanwhile a dedicated young woman Smt. Ashru Bhoumick joined him with the same vision in the year 1987. Although there were some schools existing in this area, most of them were non – functional and very frequently no classes were held due to various reasons. As it was felt that to improve the conditions of the people, it was essential to educate them, a school specially with residential facilities was the need of the day so that students from far off villages could come and get proper education. This realization helped to pave the foundation of Vivekananda Vikash Kendra (VVK) in the year 1987 at Dhundikap under P.S. Bagmundi.