Snapshot
Vedanta Cultural Foundation
SECTOR: Arts & Culture
SUB SECTOR: Spirituality
% Spent on beneficiaries
65%
Financial Score:
Age: 43 Years
Tax Benefit: 50%
Foreign donations:
Location(s): Maharashtra
Issues Addressed:
Work in progress.
Supported by:
Work in progress.
Key Trustees:
Mr. A. Parthasarathy, Managing Trustee Ms. Sunanda Leelaram, Trustee
Ms. Sushila Yadav Trustee Mr. Jal Mistry, Trustee
Mr. Prayagraj Hule, Trustee Mr. Siddharth Jain, Trustee
Mr. Suman Rajaram, Trustee Ms. Kantha Anuviyan, Trustee
Ms. Abha Hule, Trustee Mr. Shyam Natarajan, Trustee
Mr. Dwarak Leelaram, Trustee
Sector Comparison:
Beneficiary Spend:
Average: 95.6% Highest: 95.6% Lowest: 95.6%
Income:
Average: Rs7 lac Highest: Rs7 lac Lowest: Rs7 lac
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Vedanta Cultural Foundation, which runs the Vedanta Academy, was founded by Swami Parthasarathy. It is a world resource for study, research, and dissemination of Vedanta (culmination of knowledge). It offers three-year full-time residential courses and also organises youth camps, retreats, corporate seminars, and short courses for professionals and businessmen. The Academy disseminates knowledge through a scientific programme of study and reflection. It encourages a spirit of enquiry. The Academy follows a liberal approach that enables the development of the intellect and not merely intelligence on a subject.

The Academy facilities comprise separate residential units for young men and women enrolled in the three-year course. For guests and retreat participants, there are 90 rooms with twin beds. The campus houses three state of the art lecture halls, two yoga studios, gym, jogging track, cricket and soccer grounds, along with basketball, volleyball and badminton courts.

The Academy schedule runs from 4:15 am to 9:00 pm. It harnesses the different aspects of every students personality for self-development. The day begins with an hour and a quarter of individual study and reflection, followed by a structured yoga session and jogging, supplemented by gymnastics and sports. With no weekends and vacations, every single day includes individual study and physical exercise, lectures by Swamiji, campus work, Sanskrit lessons, group discussions, audio-visual presentations, and community singing. The schedule is designed to maintain the traditional spiritual disciplines of karma (action), bhakti (devotion), and jnana (knowledge).

Activities in FY15:
  • Approximately 108 research scholars and students enrolled for the residential course and were provided free boarding, tuitions, books, stationery, toiletries, and basic medical facilities.
  • The Academy conducted a 5-day Youth Camp (attended by 92 youngsters) and hosted a 5-day International Vedanta Retreat (attended by 35 participants).
  • Free public courses on Vedanta were conducted to develop awareness of human values in all the major metropolitans in India (500 to 800 attendees per session).
  • Free study classes were conducted by the alumni of the Academy for those interested in delving deeper. They also conducted educational programmes for schools, colleges, public and private sector organizations and social service organisations. Approximately 2,000 classes on Vedanta were conducted in Mumbai and Pune.
Income
Rs
4 cr
Expense
Rs
4 cr
Source : Audit Report 2016