Started in 2010, this is a service rendered by the noble-minded students and teachers of the Institute for rural people. A vehicle equipped with laptops and personality development tools travels to selected rural areas on stipulated days for a two-hour programme for high school students.
To hone the talents of the youth, provide them with a platform to express themselves, and train enthusiastic minds to take up noble activities in an organized manner, Vivekananda Youth Forum was formed in July 2002. Youth in the age group of 15-35 gather in the Institute on Sundays for self-development and discussion of relevant issues. Boys and girls assemble separately on alternate weeks. The members of this forum take the lead in providing training to the Sanskriti children. This forum is free and open to all interested youth who believe in human and social values and wish to become the 'salt of the earth'.
This Institute provides weekly training on values and Indian culture on Sundays afternoon to children of age group 8-12 (joining age 8-10) for a period of three years. The training is in Bengali medium and available to a limited number of children. The goal of this training is to unburden the children from their week's academic pressure and monotony, while equipping them with traditional values. It is imparted in a playful manner through yoga, meditation, recitation, story-telling, games, chanting, and singing of devotional or patriotic songs. New students are admitted annually during March-April. However, this training is not recommended for those who are interested only on one area like singing, yoga or games etc. Though there is no formal examination, a certificate of participation is issued at the end of the training to all children whose attendance is above 70%. The training fee is ₹ 150 per month. It can be paid in advance for several months together or within the 2nd week of every month.
This is a group of select students and ex-students who feel for the poor and the downtrodden. As desired by Swami Vivekananda, they offer themselves to visit houses of the economically challenged, share their suffering, provide them food, health and educational aid. The activities of this group are tentatively carried out on second and fourth Saturday of every month. It is open to all the youth irrespective of their religion or community background.
Named after Swami Brahmananda, the first President of the Ramakrishna Order, the library of Vivekananda Cultural Centre is the first computerized public library of Shillong. It has about 12,000 books, 6 dailies, and 25 monthly magazines. The free reading room remains open from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m., while the timings for issuing or returning books is from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all days except Sundays and notified holidays.
Anyone residing in Shillong City can become a member of the library on payment of ₹ 200 (refundable) as caution deposit. The monthly subscription is ₹ 10, payable annually in advance. Electronic information is also available for browsing through a browsing card, which is available on payment of ₹ 80 for 10 browsing hours. One special feature of this library is the enquiry of book availability as well as the renewal of borrowed books over telephone.
The main office stands near the entrance of the Institute, on the right side of the building. It takes care of all administrative functions related to the various training units and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all days except Sundays and notified holidays.