Ten new Sainik Schools to start their operation this year

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New Delhi: With the declaration of the result of e-counselling for admission, the Sainik Schools Society (SSS) has moved a step further in setting up of 100 similar schools in partnership mode throughout the country.

The SSS has begun the counselling for admission on Monday  in ten new Sainik Schools apart from the 33 already in operation in different parts of the country, said an officer of the Press Information Bureau (PIB).

The admission will be done through an automated system, which will fill at least 40% of seats in newly approved Sainik Schools. The e-counselling will be conducted for all the candidates declared qualified in AISSEE-22. The first provisional list of 485 shortlisted candidates in 10 newly approved Sainik Schools.

The portal for admission into new Sainik Schools with whom the SSS has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was activated from 08 May to 14 May 2022. The selected candidates can see their results and further instructions related to admission on the portal https://sainikschool.ncog.gov.in/ecounselling

The candidates had the option to select up to 10 schools for allocation. Subsequently, based on the rank and priority of the students for the schools, automated allocation of students for the schools was carried out. The provisionally shortlisted candidates are required to accept the allotment and proceed for the admission formalities or indicate the option to be considered for Round II of Counselling or unwillingness for further consideration.

Concept of Sainik Schools

The concept of Sainik Schools was originated from the vision of VK Krishna Menon, the then Defence Mnister of India in 1961. Sainik Schools are located in various parts of the country. There is a growing demand from many States to open new Sainik Schools. The main objectives of Sainik Schools include bringing quality public school education within the reach of common man, all-round development of a child’s personality in order to prepare him for entry into National Defence Academy (NDA). This also aims at removing regional imbalance in the officer’s cadre of the Armed Forces.

Prior to the establishment of Sainik Schools, there were five Rashtriya Military Schools and one Rashtriya Indian Military College in the country. These schools had the same objectives as that of Sainik Schools. All the three institutions are basically the nurseries, which nurture cadets for entry into the coveted NDA.

First Five Sainik Schools

The first batch of Sainik Schools were opened at Satara in Maharashtra, Balachadi in Gujarat, Kapurthala in Punjab, Kunjpura in Haryana and Chittorgarh in Rajasthan. These schools were run by the Ministry of Defence in association with respective State Governments under the aegis of the SSS. Then on further demand by the various state governments, the Defence Ministry opened Sainik schools in their respective states in a phased manner.

Currently 33 Sainik Schools are functioning

As of now, there are 33 Sainik Schools almost in every state except in the states of Meghalaya, Sikkim, Telangana and Tripura. Uttar Pradesh have three Sainik Schools, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha and Rajasthan have two Sainik Schools, while Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh have one each. Sainik School, Lucknow is not among the 33 as it is run by Uttar Pradesh Sainik School Society and is completely financed and managed by the State Government.

Proposed List of Sainik Schools

The PIB officials said that the new schools would start operating in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Telangana, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Punjab, Sikkim, Tripura, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in months to come.

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