In 3 years, Sainik schools get over 350 girl cadets marching along with boys

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From just 6 in 2018 to 55 in 2020 and 315 in 2021, Enrollment of girls in SYNC schools The six-decade-old institution that was set up “with the primary aim of preparing boys” for the National Defense Academy has been steadily developing.

In what began as a pilot project in 2018 at the Sainik School in Chhingchip in Mizoram, the female induction expanded further in 2020, with five more schools – two in Karnataka and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Chhattisgarh – transformed into participatory-education with acceptance. 55 girls.

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This year, with all 33 Sainik schools in 24 states and one union territory giving up male-only status, 315 more girls gained admission after passing the All India Sainik School Entrance Examination which tests the candidate’s skills in Maths, English and General Knowledge.

Vaibhavi Dalai is among 10 new entrants of Sainik School, Bhubaneswar, who aspire to join the Indian Air Force. “There are a lot of extracurricular activities like horse riding and swimming which I didn’t do in my previous school. Getting ready to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Jhansi event next week which will be attended by girls from Sainik schools across the country,” said Vibhavi, as he prepares to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Jhansi event across the country. Great for studying and participating in all activities.

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In another corner of the country, a student from the first batch of girls at Mizoram School said the experience has been “fantastic” so far, even though COVID-19 has kept them off campus since March 2020. “With more girls, she says with a laugh. Hopes Her classmate’s boys have matured in the last two years.

With the girls’ instigation, the government transferred Rs 92.48 crore towards infrastructure upgrade to the Synk School Association. A Defense Ministry source told the Indian Express that the money would be spent on schools as a one-time special grant to set up facilities including hostels.

Some of the other steps taken since the girls joined include barbed wire fencing for the girls’ upcoming homes, separate restrooms and separate medical examination rooms, hiring a physical training instructor, a nursing assistant, and two housekeeping and maintenance workers. Installing surveillance cameras.

With the schools in default for most of the past two years, the authorities have yet to face any major logistical challenges. We are waiting for permission to build the hostel. When the lessons began, we had set up a ward in our base of the hospital to serve as a temporary dormitory for girls. “Since the classrooms are still online, there is no need to use them,” said a senior staff member of the SINC School, Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, which accepted nine girls in the 2021-22 session.

Sainik schools are established with the approval of the Ministry of Defense and in cooperation with countries. The state provides land and funds to establish and maintain basic infrastructure, purchase equipment and other facilities along with scholarships for state military students.

Accordingly, the Government of Odisha has imposed penalties of Rs 6.5 crore for the construction of a 100 bed youth hostel for girls. “Currently, we have a 12-bed dispensary as a temporary facility to accommodate girls. For current students, we recognize that it is important to educate them to be adaptive and receptive to this change. The new students are academically strong, having passed the entrance exam with a higher cutoff, and it will be difficult for our young students to continue improving themselves with better competition now,” said the group’s lead captain, Sainik School Bhubaneswar, S Dominic Ryan. The school will go offline from Monday.

A Defense Ministry official said work on the schools is likely to be completed within nine months to a year after detailed estimation, planning and tendering are completed, which could take up to three months after approval. “The female students are to be trained with the young male students. They will follow the same units in academics, physical training, sports, and other co-curricular activities for their overall growth. This decision has opened the doors to quality training for female students on an equal basis with the boys. It can be considered as a first step towards Entry of women into the National Defense Academy.

Wing commander Shahul Hamid, the principal of Mizoram School, said they do not have a separate physical education teacher for girls yet. “But our idea is to make them feel equal to the boys. They are no less than the boys and that is the trust they should have. So, we manage everything together.”

However, the parents of a student enrolled in the school said that the authorities could act

Minimizing the separation between girls and boys during exercise. “During competitive matches, boys and girls don’t mix much – I think it’s important that they play together…otherwise there wouldn’t be much competition with only 12-15 girls. So I feel there could be more mixing but that is my opinion ‘ said one of the parents.

Now that his daughter has gained admission, he has asked his youngest son to “start preparing and follow in his sister’s footsteps”, said Timburu Tirupati, father of Medha Priya, a newcomer to Bhubaneswar School.

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