Bharat Sevashram Sangha is a philanthropic and charitable organisation with a firm and enduring commitment to improving the lives of the underprivileged.
The founder, Acharya Swami Pranavananda Maharaj, established the first ashram in what is now Bangladesh, on the Maghi Purnima day in the year 1917.
The Sangha built many cottage industry centres, monastic schools, primary schools and free dispensaries in urban and rural areas in east India. Branches were started in different parts of the country for various humanitarian tasks, including relief work at the time of flood, famine, earthquake and pestilence. We also run many non-profit guests houses, clinics and hospitals all over India, helping anybody that shows up to seek help, irrespective to any discrimination of religion, caste and creed.
Today, the Sangha has 72 centres all over India and is also present overseas in places such as Bangladesh, Trinidad, Guyana, Fiji, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, West Indies, countries of South America and Nepal.
The Sangha has an exemplary record in disaster relief. At times of major calamities like famines, earthquakes, the tsunami, cyclones, droughts, riots and political unrest, the Sangha is always amongst the first to arrive at the scene with food, shelter and medical relief. Recent notable service contributions were at Uttarakhand Floods, Nepal Earthquake, Chennai Floods and several others.
Parnavananda Academy, run by Bharat Sevashram Sangha, with its diversified academic activities in the various parts of the country has come into existence into the region of RAIPUR commemorating the Centenary Celebrations of Swami Pranavanandaji Maharaj. At present the school stands on a 5 acre plot of land donated by Shishu Shiksha Samiti by virtue of the relentless efforts of a devotee of “Bharat Sevashram Sangha”, located on VIP Road leading of Mana Airport. The School began its operation in April 1996.
An area of the Sangha’s principal activities with an emphasis on the upliftment of the underprivileged is Education.
The Sangha operates more than one hundred schools, adult education centres and ideal students’ homes.
In the field of Tribal Education, the Sangha successfully operates primary, secondary and residential schools in the tribal districts of Jharkhand and West Bengal.
An English medium modern residential school named Pranavananda Centenary Shikshayatan is run by the Sangha at Raiganj, near Siliguri. Within its 10 acre campus are located 4 school buildings and 3 hostels.
With the emphasis it lays on women’s education as well as tribal education, a Women’s College is run at Dimapur in Nagaland. The college has a total strength of 1,200 students and it imparts education to both, Naga and non-Naga students.
Among other notable educational projects are the Pranavananda Computer Institute in Kolkata and the Pranavananda Ashram School in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Sangha provides the infrastructure as well as medical services for the sick & physically afflicted. It organises its volunteers with medical supplies in order to give easier access to healthcare services. In this core area of service, 46 branches and 300 sub-centres maintain hospitals and charitable dispensaries that reach out to the remotest parts of the country.
Healthcare services take the forms of: Charitable Medical Clinics, Mobile Medical Service, Medical Relief during disasters, Leprosy Control & Patient Welfare, Tuberculosis Treatment.500-Bed Multi-Speciality Hospital in Kolkata
In addition, a 500 bed state-of-the-art hospital providing high quality and critical healthcare services is already being set up in Kolkata with the First of three phases of implementation already in place and operational. Treatment for the disadvantaged is free here.
Situated in Joka, about 10 km from the heart of Kolkata, the hospital will, upon completion, provide preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare services for rural and semi-urban populations.
Several disciplines such as General Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Paediatrics, ENT, Eye and Dentistry as well as specialised services such as Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Haematology, Genetic Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery will all be provided by this large and modern hospital.
Training and research are also to be an integral part of this institution and a research centre and a nursing & paramedical school are to be set up.
The estimated cost of the project is around Rs.220 Crores.
Seva Niketan, a modern polyclinic with diagnostic facilities has provided outstanding healthcare services in Kolkata. Dedicated to the service of the poor, the Seva Niketan with its team of over 50 doctors, serves over 700-800 patients each day.
Established in 1993, the Sangha’s Cancer Care Centre at Navi Mumbai provides holistic support services to thousands of cancer patients and their attendants who have been referred to hospitals such as Tata Memorial Hospital, Asia Institute of Oncology and others.
The progress of tribals has not kept pace with the general rate of progress in India. With this in mind, the Sangha’s activities have included considerable work in the area of tribal welfare.
The thrust on education amongst tribals has extended to the running of over 17 free day schools providing almost 2,000 students with mid-day meals, uniforms, shoes, books and stationery. In keeping with current trends, computer education programmes have also been initiated.
Included in tribal welfare in addition to education are healthcare, old age care, education in modern farming techniques, home construction and income generation programmes.
The Bharat Sevashram Sangha believes in and actively promotes unity and harmony between all faiths and peaceful coexistence through mutual respect.
The Sangha conducts programmes of training of monks and volunteers to promote awareness and values that build social harmony.
At the United Nations, the Sangha has been a member of the steering committee for UNEP (United Nations Environment Protection Agency). The millennium goals of the UN to be achieved by 2015 have been adopted and the Sangha has continuously attended worldwide meetings and religious conferences that are sponsored by the United Nations. In September 2015, the millennium goal programme has been replaced by 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. These, too, have been adopted by the Sangha and will continue for the next 15 years.