The Union Government announced on Wednesday that it has decided to admit young cadets to all Sainik schools across the country from the 2021-22 academic session. Presently, there are 33 operational Sainik Schools in the country.
Defense Minister Shripad Naik in Lok Sabha said that following the success of Mizoram, at the 2018-19 academic session where the Pilot Project for Admission of Girl Cadets to these school Chhingchhip was implemented, the government concluded admitting Girl Cadets and boys to all these schools from the 2021-22 academic session.
He also said that the government is proposing to introduce a new scheme to establish these schools in the country in partnership with NGOs, private schools, and state governments.
The main objective is to provide educational opportunities in the ‘CBSE Plus’ type of education environment by involving the desired government/private schools/NGOs to partner in establishing/aligning their system with the values, ethos of these schools, Naik said in a written reply.
These schools are run by the Sainik Schools Society and are under the supervision of the Ministry of Defense. The idea of setting up Sainik schools was to train kids from an early age for admission into the Indian Armed Forces.
They shall be established upon receipt of specific requests from state governments. Previously, only young cadets were considered eligible for these schools. On a different matter, Naik said that no formation or unit had been removed from the North-Eastern States during 2020-21.
In the perception of the security environment in the Northeast, the re-alignment of the operational role of some Army units has been performed, he added.