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The Ramakrishna Mission authorities at Belur math were persuaded by the Govt. of India to open a School in Along, West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh in 1965. Smt. Indira Gandhi, the then Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting wrote a letter to Srimat Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, the then Trustee of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

 

The letter of Smt. Indira Gandhi, the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting, India, New Delhi on 21st July 1965 is reproduced below:

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Minister

Information and Broadcasting

India

New Delhi

 

 21st July 1965

 

 

Dear Swami Ranganathanandaji, 

Since my first visit to NEFA and Nagaland, I have felt the need for some missionary work to be done there by non-interested persons. In this context the Ramakrishna Mission naturally came to my mind and I had spoken with Swami Abhayanandaji. However, I was told that the Mission was unable to expand their activities, as they did not have new men coming in.

 

A few days ago, I received a letter from the Governor of Assam, Sri Vishnu Sahay, reminding me of my earlier suggestion and informing me that now that the Ramakrishna Mission in Burma is likely to be closed, several experienced workers may become available. He wondered if it would be possible for them to go to NEFA to start a small mission there doing either educational or medical work or whatever they consider suitable.

 

I am also writing to Swami Abhayananda. But as he has not been keeping very well, I thought I should write to you also to help us in this matter.

 

With kind regards, 

Yours sincerely, 

Sd/- (Indira Gandhi)

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Ramakrishna Mission started a School at Along for the Arunachali tribals in 1966. It was started in a thatched building with only 35 students. Eye witnesses of those pioneering days tell of the superhuman love and understanding shown by the Monks and the terrible odds faced by them in running the School and making it stand on firm footing. Gradually, with the passing of time, the School added on accessories such as a Dairy - to provide milk nutrition to the residential tribal children, a poultry - to provide meat nutrition for the residential tribal children, an agricultural field in the campus wasteland, utilizing the refuse of the dairy and poultry - to provide vegetables to the residential tribal children, a printing press - to provide writing material for the school children, a whole section of vocational training such as tailoring, carpentry, industrial workshop, computer, etc.


This kind of proactive approach of the Monks naturally attracted the local tribal families to send their children to the Ramakrishna Mission School at Along, and the students number started increasing year by year, and today, the School's roll-strength stands at a handsome 2241, both boys and girls, while the hostel strength stands at 260, only tribal boys.


Right from the beginning, the Ramakrishna Mission School at Along has been an English-medium co-educational school, having a mixture of residential and non-residential students, affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. The School conducts Lower Primary to Class XII in three streams - Science, Commerce and Humanities.

 

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