Participation of Private/NGOs not very encouraging in opening of new Sainik Schools

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VIKAS SHARMA
JAMMU : Even though the Sainik Schools Society is in the process to grant approval to the interested schools to function under its aegis, the participation of Private/NGOs/Government Schools is not very encouraging in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and other States/UTs for the same.
Pertinently, under the scheme of the opening of 100 new Sainik Schools approved by the Government of India (GoI), the Sainik Schools Society is granting approval to the interested schools to function under its aegis. This Scheme will provide an opportunity for students throughout the country to march ahead in tune with National Education Policy (NEP) along with following the Sainik School curriculum.
It is in line with the centre government’s decision to provide an increased focus on value-based education enabling children to develop pride in the rich culture and heritage of this nation, effective leadership with character, discipline, sense of national duty and patriotism.
In the first phase, 100 affiliate partners are proposed to be drawn from States/NGOs/Private partners. The scheme is aimed at providing the Sainik School pattern of education to a larger cross-section of aspiring students all over the nation. As on January 22, 2022, around 230 schools have registered at https://sainikschool.ncog.gov.in.
It is observed that the participation of Private/ NGOs/ Government Schools from J&K UT, Ladakh, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal, New Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Lakshadweep and Puducherry is lukewarm even when there is a bright opportunity for these States/UT Governments to have Sainik School established in their area. Sainik Schools Society invites Private/ NGOs/Government Schools of the States/UTs to join the initiative for the benefit of the public at large.
“Recently, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the setting up of 21 new Sainik Schools, in partnership with NGOs/private schools/State Governments. These schools will be set up in the initial round of the Government’s initiative of setting up of 100 new Sainik schools across the country in partnership mode. They will be distinct from the existing Sainik Schools”, officials said.
Of total 21 schools, 17 are Brownfield running schools and 4 are Greenfield schools to be operational shortly. While NGOs/ Trusts /Societies have a share of 12 approved new schools, 6 private Schools and 3 State Government owned schools find place in the list of such approved new Sainik Schools. Unlike existing Sainik Schools which are purely residential in nature, 7 new Sainik Schools are Day School and 14 such new approved schools have residential arrangements.
The newly approved Sainik Schools are in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.