Swami Vivekananda College formally known as Shri Vivekananda High School was the brainchild of Swami Rudrananda, Late Mr. A. D Patel and Sadhu Kuppuswami and Sangam stalwarts. In 1939 Swami Rudrananda ji was sent to Fiji by the Ramakrishna Mission, a religious humanitarian organization formed by the school’s patron saint Swami Vivekananda.

Shri Vivekananda High School humbly opened its doors to 19 students in 1 classroom on the 9th of March 1949, the date which coincides with the birthday of Shri Ramakrishna, towards the end of the year the roll increased to 32 students and 2 teachers. The school was first situated at the Nadi Sangam Primary School premises. The Jack and Jill kindergarten stands at this location today. During the 1950’s as the roll increased the school was moved to the banks of Nadi River.

Shri Vivekananda High School was a boarding institution catering for children of the sugarcane farmers who came from as far as Labasa, Tavua and Rakiraki. The Malolo wing was opened on the 4th of February in 1959. A lot of hard work and effort was put in by so many people over the past 62 years to get this prestigious institution to the stage where it is today. These includes the past and present Swamiji’s, Principals, staff, students, their parents and various donors’ and well wishers of this institution. Without the contributions of these people, the College would not be where it is and what it is today.

The following Swamiji’s were Presidents/Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission in Fiji over the years of its existence in Fiji.

SWAMIJIS

YEARS AT THE COLLEGE

SWAMI RUDRANANDAJI

1939-1985

SWAMI DAMODARANANDAJI

1985-1995

SWAMI ADIBHAVANANDAJI

1985-1995

SWAMI MUKTHIRUPANANDAJI

1998- 2007

SWAMI BHAKTIRUPANANDAJI

1995-2007

SWAMI APAROKSHANANDAJI

2008- till date

SWAMI TADANANDAJI

2008- till date

 

The College Principal’s over the years 1949 to present were:

PRINCIPAL

YEARS

MR K S REDDY

1949-1951

MR P N DAMODARAN MOOSAD

 M.A, L.T

1952-1960

 

MR BALA GANAPATHI PILLAI

 B.A, L.T

1969-1980

MR.GANGADHARAN NAICKER
B.Sc, Dip.Ed

1980-1989

MRS PADMA SINGH
M.A (Hons), Dip.Ed, PGD Arts Ed

1990-1994

 

MR VISHNU DAYAL
B.Com, PGCT, Cert. in Admin.

1995-1997

 

MR KRISHNA MURTHI
B.A, Dip,Ed, PGDE(Admin)

1998-2001

 

MR GANESHWAR PRASAD
B.A (Hon), M.A., B.Ed.

2002

 

MR KUMARAN SUBRAMANI
B.A (Hons),PGCT

2003-2008

MRS SWARAN LATA PATEL
B.Sc, PGCT

2009

MR MAHENDRA SINGH
B.A, STTC, PGDE

2009-2010

MR RAJESH KRISHNA
B.Sc, STTC

2010-2014

MR DHIRENDRA KUMAR

MASTERS NSW, BA-USP

2015

MR. GYAN CHAND SUMER

2016

 

The College rolls from 1949-2015 was as follows:

YEAR

BOYS

GIRLS

TOTAL

1949

32

2

34

1950

33

7

40

1951

41

5

46

1952

128

10

138

1953

193

9

202

1954

271

27

298

1955

272

43

315

1956

275

37

312

1957

300

62

362

1958

256

52

308

1959

213

44

257

1960

191

42

233

1961

180

55

235

1962

171

67

268

1963

174

78

252

1964

187

97

284

1965

207

117

324

1966

192

111

303

1967

229

145

374

1968

262

150

412

1969

285

157

442

1970

269

156

425

1971

296

189

485

1972

361

230

591

1973

414

311

725

1974

423

356

779

1975

430

425

855

1976

444

424

868

1977

Magazine not available

1978

477

478

955

1979

501

467

968

1980

525

497

1022

1981

507

450

957

1982

471

463

934

1983

462

469

931

1984

476

463

939

1985

488

422

910

1986

434

390

824

1987

440

435

875

1988

400

381

781

1989

450

430

880

1990

490

462

952

1991

480

483

963

1992

470

483

953

1993

483

531

1014

1994

524

528

1052

1995

579

571

1150

1996

589

567

1156

1997

542

586

1128

1998

532

590

1122

1999

Magazine not available

Approx. 1000

2000

530

558

1088

2001

532

519

 1051

2002

532

521

1053

2003

502

528

1030

2004

453

508

961

2005

Not stated in magazine

Approx.1000

2006

Not stated in magazine

Approx.1000

2007

443

532

975

2008

447

522

969

2009

411

522

933

2010

429

494

923

2011

431

499

930

2012

477

495

972

2013

474

544

1018

2014

470

538

1008

2015

482

548

1030

 

Swami Vivekananda College is fortunate to have the full support of the Management in terms of infrastructure development. The College has well furnished, newly renovated and tiled 27 classrooms for the 1000 PLUS students.

The departments (Science, Physics, Home Economics, Geography, PEMAC, Agriculture and Industrial Arts) have well equipped and fully furnished and renovated labs/ workshops and rooms. All our computer labs, internet lab and staffroom have new and fully loaded computers. Teaching and learning facilities includes ICT lab and server room, internet lab, 27 classrooms, geography lab, basic and senior science labs, physics lab, foods and textiles lab, industrial arts facilities which includes TD room, metal workshop, woodwork workshop, music room, art and craft room, change room, a very resourceful library with internet facility for students and a lecture theatre.

The College has a 1200 seating capacity Auditorium which is being renovated, a spacious and well furnished one of its kind staffroom, library, sick bay, library internet lab for students, well equipped gym, change room, music room, art and craft room, lecture theatre, greenhouse, hard-court which needs renovation, 2 grounds. We have a universal meditation centre where students have morning meditation classes for each level on different days.

Students have access to clean and safe bore-well water supply, new water fountains, renovated and well kept abulation blocks.

The grant from the Ministry of Education is fully used to provide safe furniture, modern equipment and machines and the best overall facility to the various departments for the best teaching and learning experience for students at the College.

Currently the College has a Board of Management which looks into the running of the College.

Most of the buildings of the College were built from the years 1959 to 2000. The College Auditorium, the staffroom and the Medidation centre are the Iconic buildings of the College.

In the past 5 years from 2010-2014, the College has been renovated, infrastructure upgraded, well furnished classrooms, ICT i.e. server, white board, projectors in all classrooms and specialist rooms, interactive for all forms, internet for all staff and students in the College, intranet in the College for staff and student use.

The College has produced 63 editions of Magazine to date from 1952-2014. In year 2009-2011, eMagazine has been produced and CD given to students who don’t have access to internet at home and website is there for stakeholders from 2011 to date.

The name of the College was Shri Vivekananda High School till the year 2000 when the name was changed to Swami Vivekananda College.

Attached is Photos of the buildings and their inauguration dates and the resources and facilities available at the College: