In the year 1996, during Srila Prabhupada Centennial, devotees conducted 1000 school programs with standard presentations like student competition, lectures, video shows, prasadam distributions etc. By the instructions of sridam mayapur jagrata chhatra samaj , later the devotees of bangladesh improved the mode of preaching to students in bangladesh.Iskcon chittagong is also working to progress their preaching activities among the students of local schools. To train up these students properly in active preaching, to practice Krsna Consciousness, Jagrata Chhatra Samaj was started. Right now the department has almost 15 devotees as teacher.
Over the years various devotees became involved in different aspects of school preaching..
In the year of 2009, about 500 students have joined the Jagrata Chhatra Samaj. Five students have joined in Temple as full time residents practicing Krsna Consciousness. Almost 10 students have become devotees with their families. And around 30 students have become fully vegetarian.
In spite of various problems, the department is still working hard to achieve their goals and preach to the students and make them into intelligent preachers.
The goals to be achieved are to organize systematic program for students in schools and colleges (local and also around), to have discourses on Bhagavad gita and other basic philosophy based on Srila Prabhupada’s books and to finally make them strong Krishna conscious devotees.
Activities of Jagrata Chhatra Samaj
Each student group meets for one and a half hours weekly either in the school ,temple or in any student’s house. First they do Radha Madhava prayer,chant Hare Krsna Maha Mantra, recite mangalacharana and one sloka from Bhagavad-gita. Next they read from Jagrata Chetana (with basic spiritual questions and answers) that has been published for them. Our devotees who organize the program ask different questions from the books and also discuss about particular topics related to ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada and give a task for next week. Students also speak about their realizations of the day. They chant one round of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra again and the program ends with prasadam.
Every student should study department’s four books accordingly.
# jagrata chetana(part-1)
# jagrata chetana(part-2)
# jagrata chetana(part-3)
# svartatva course(part-4)
For entertainment,we have more books.
# chotoder sri krishna
# colouring book
# every student can attend in our various wonderful spitiual festivals such as janmastami, Ratha Yatra ,annakut,radhastami etc.
# jcs is giving bhaktivedanta scholarship for every talent students.
# every jcs student gets opportunity to use jcs library.
# After completing a course ,in every year ,jcs is giving certificate from sridham mayapur institute.
# A student may join in our diffirent spiritual tour.
# any student can be a jcs member personally.
# a jcs bach is constitute with at least 10-15 students.
# jcs weekly class is held a day of every week in any school,club or temple.
# every student will get an ID card.
# Every student gets opportunity to attend in different types of jcs annual conventions and prerona festivals.
# Every student will collect an admission form from nearest temple or jcs teacher.
# 2 copy passport size and stamp size color pictures of a student will be brought for admission
Every year an annual Student Conference is held in chittagong. These students engage in preaching to the local people. Enthusiastic students are engaged as volunteers in different festivals in the temple. For the benefit of the Society, seminars, local pandal programs with parikrama, class, drama and video-show in different areas are organized by student groups regularly.
In service to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acarya of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness.