New Delhi, Oct 13:
Marching ahead in tune with National Education Policy (NEP), the Union Cabinet approved the affiliation of 100 schools in government and private sectors with Sainik School Society under the Ministry of Defence, according to an official statement.
Beginning from the academic year 2022-23, approximately 5,000 students are expected to receive admission in class VI in such 100 affiliated schools, it added. At present, the existing 33 Sainik Schools have an admission capacity of approximately 3,000 students in class 6. The government is inviting proposals from government and private schools, NGOs to apply for affiliation of existing or new schools to the Sainik Schools Society.
The Ministry of Defence said, "In a paradigm shift to the existing pattern of Sainik Schools, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its meeting held has approved the proposal for launching of affiliatedSainik Schools under Sainik Schools Society, Ministry of Defence."
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"It is believed that integration of the Sainik Schools education system with regular board plus curriculum is expected to create academically strong, physically fit, culturally aware, intellectually adept, skillful youth and well-rounded citizens. The students from these Schools are envisioned to be equipped with necessary life skills which will make them shine in their chosen fields," the statement said.
Besides, the scheme will leverage public/private partnership in education sector, help tap into existing infrastructure available with reputed private and government. "Schools and open-up new capacities to meet the growing aspirations of children desirous of receiving education in a Sainik School environment," the Ministry said.
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Sainik Schools have not only brought good quality value-based education within reach of the aspiring parents and children but also have created glorious history of students from humble backgrounds reaching the highest echelons in the Military Leadership, Administrative Services, Judicial Services, and other walks of life such as science, technology and entrepreneurs. Because of these factors, there has been ever-growing demand for the opening of more new Sainik Schools.