Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Morabadi, Ranchi was started in 1927 as a branch centre of Ramakrishna Mission. In early sixties when the adjoining districts of Ranchi were in the grip of severe drought, this centre organised a distress relief. On completion of the relief work, the monks who were engaged in the work gave serious thought to evolve a lasting solution to the problem. It soon became clear to them that unless the farmers were empowered with appropriate and need-based technology supported by group action, they would never be able to overcome such adverse situations in future. The result of their thought was the establishment of a novel movement in rural development called ‘Divyayan’ (meaning ‘Divine Way’). Divyayan, a unique Integrated Rural Development model with a residential training centre for tribal and rural youths was conceived and launched by Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Morabadi, Ranchi, in 1969.
With the asset of vast experiences of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Morabadi for more than eight decades and Divyayan Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) for more than three decades, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (RKMVERI), Belur Math decided to establish a faculty centre for ‘Integrated Rural & Tribal Development and Management’ at Morabadi, Ranchi, Jharkhand. The appeal was accepted and approval was given to this centre as an ‘Off-campus Faculty Centre’ by the University Grant Commission (UGC) after an inspection of six members team from 29 to 30 June 2006, vide notification No. F.6-96/2004(CPP-I) dated 3rd July 2006.
The faculty centre started formal classes from 22 August 2006 in its existing premises. It organised a state level three days seminar-cum-workshop on Integrated Rural and Tribal Development from 13 to 15 January 2007. The foundation stone of the faculty building was laid on 12 January 2007, the auspicious birth day of Swami Vivekananda. The four storied new building is now fully completed and inaugurated on 15 October 2012 by Srimat Swami Suhitanandaji maharaj, the General Secretary of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math in presence of Dr. S. Ayyappan, the Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The new building comprises of about 64,000 floor area.