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.
VVK believes that Education needs to be imparted in such a manner that students are always inspired to become sincere and devoted workers in their respective fields. Education for earning a livelihood is most important today. So functional Education and vocational training have been started to achieve the said objective.
Baghmundi Block is situated in the south-western part of Purulia town. It is surrounded by three Blocks namely Jhalda, Arsha, and Balrampur and Jharkhand State. This block is under the jurisdiction of Baghmundi Police Station. The headquarters of this block is located at Baghmundi Gram Panchayat.
The Development Block Baghmundi lies between 23o 05' and 23o 20' Latitude and between 85o 50' and 86o 12' Longitude. Total area of the block is 445.05 sq. Km. Baghmundi Block is subdivided into 8 Gram Panchayats, viz., Ajodhya, Baghmundi, Birgram, Burda- Kalimati, Matha, Serengdih, Sindri and Tunturi-Suisa.
According to the 2011 Census of India, the Baghmundi CD block had a total population of 135,579, all of which were rural. There were 69,520 (51%) males and 66,059 (49%) females. The Scheduled Castes numbered 14,042 (10.36%) and the Scheduled Tribes numbered 34,038 (25.11%).
The Subarnarekha river and its tributaries, the Karru, Sobha , Sanka and Daurigarha nalas drain the area. The Southward flowing Subarnarekha river marks the western boundary of Bagmundi block.
Baghmundi Block is situated in the south-western part of Purulia town. It is surrounded by three Blocks namely Jhalda, Arsha, and Balrampur and Jharkhand State. This block is under the jurisdiction of Baghmundi Police Station. The headquarters of this block is located at Baghmundi Gram Panchayat. Total forest area of this block is 13960.65 Hectare out of which Sal and misc. forest area is 10913.62 Hectare and high forest area is 51.00 Hectare and plantation area is 352.00 Hectare. Net area under cultivation is 9925 Hectare. Area where more than one crop grown is 3649 Hectare. The main crop of this block is Paddy. Total area irrigated by different sources of irrigation is 2801.13 Hectare out of which area irrigated by Dug Well is 557.72 ha and by surface flow is 2117.46 ha and by surface lift is 125.95 ha. Major sources of irrigation are Canals and Tanks. Of the villagers about 70% of them do not have any fixed occupation, They work as agricultural labourers, as construction workers etc. Some have business and others are in service.
Vivekananda Vikash Kendra is headed by an eminent team of social workers.
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Vill-Dhundikhap, P.O-Dava-Torang, P.S- Baghmundi,
Dist. - Purulia (W.B) PIN-723152, India
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