The Place: Arunachal Pradesh

The story of this institution begins with a well deserving tribute to the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh, who realized early in their history that the most urgent need of the hour was education. Accordingly the Government and the people in general made representations to the authorities of the Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission at Belur Math to open institutions for imparting the right type of education for the children of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Mission, inspite of its various difficulties and handicaps responded to this call of spreading the light of knowledge and started two educational institutions: one at Along in Siang District in July 1966 and the other at Narottam Nagar in Tirap District in July 1971. It also started a modern hospital at Itanagar in 1979.

Tucked away in the foothills of Mopaya of the Namsangmukh Range at Tirap District and far from the maddening crowd, set in picturesquely sylvan surroundings inside the deep forests of Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful Ashrama Vidyalaya. The school reminds one of the ancient Gurukul System of India. Its charm is heightened by the flowing Buridhing river which skirts the northern boundary of the campus. It is on the Deomali-Margherita road and about 35 kms away from Naharkatia or from Margherita, Assam. The main Rail Station and market, Tinsukia, Assam is 80 kms away, and the Airport at Dibrugarh, Assam, is at a distance of 110 kms.

Why Ramakrishna Mission came to Tirap of all the places of Arunachal Pradesh is not clear. There may be two reasons: First, Shri K. A. A. Raja, the then Adviser to the Governor of Assam was a lover of Tirap and very much interested in the development of this district. Secondly, even in those days, as early as 1970s, when modern education and thought were unknown in this remote part, Shri Dangwang Lowangdong, Chief of Namsang, correctly understood the importance of modern education which would make his people come at par with others without changing their faith and customs. For this purpose he donated 250 acres of land from the Namsang forest area to the Ramakrishna Mission.