Sainik Schools

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Recently, the Defence Ministry said that the scheme for new Sainik Schools is “well thought out” and the “political or ideological affiliation or otherwise” of the applicant institution does not influence the selection process.

About Sainik Schools:

  • These are residential schools for students, providing Public School Education which are affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi.
  • Funding: These schools are funded by Central and State governments.
  • The scheme to establish Sainik Schools was introduced in 1961 with the primary aim of preparing students academically, physically and mentally for entry into the National Defence Academy.
  • These schools are under the overall governance of Sainik Schools Society (registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860) Ministry of Defence. It is established with the primary aim of preparing boys academically, physically and mentally for entry into the National Defence Academy.
  • At present, there are 33 Sainik Schools located in various parts of the country. Girls cadets have also been given admission in Sainik School, from the academic session 2021-22.
  • Recent initiative:
    • Government of India has approved an initiative for setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools under Sainik Schools Society, Ministry of Defence in partnership with NGOs/Private Schools and State Govt.
    • It aims to create an academically strong, culturally aware, intellectually adept, confident, highly skilled, multi-dimensional, patriotic self-reliant youth community with leadership qualities focused on providing utmost priority to the nation.

Q1: What is CBSE Merit Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child?

It was launched by the Ministry of Education.The scheme is aimed at recognizing the efforts of parents in promoting education among girls and to providing encouragement to meritorious students.

Source : Political affiliation of applicant institution does not influence selection process on new Sainik Schools: Defence Ministry