MATHURA, Jan 2 (The CONNECT) – In a New Year Day gift, Defence Rajnath Singh and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath jointly inaugurated the first all-girls Samvid Gurukulam Girls Sainik School, at Vrindavan in Mathura.
The school, with a strength of approx. 870 students, has been inaugurated under the initiative of establishing 100 new Sainik Schools in partnership mode with NGOs/Private/State Government Schools in all State/Union Territories, of which 42 have been set up. These are in addition to the existing 33 Sainik Schools already functioning under the erstwhile pattern.
Rajnath Singh described Samvid Gurukulam Girls Sainik School as a beacon of light for girls who aspire to join the Armed Forces and serve the motherland. Under the “visionary leadership” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government has given women their rightful place in the Armed Forces, which was neglected for years, the Minister said. They have the right to protect the nation just like their male counterparts.
“It was a golden moment in the history of women empowerment when we approved the admission of girls to Sainik Schools. Today, our women are not only flying fighter jets, they are also securing the borders,” he said.
In his address, CM Yogi said that Mission Shakti is a wonderful example of daughters’ safety, respect and self-reliance. “A strong society is not possible without the protection of women power, their respect and self-reliance. For this we all will have to work together. Society will have to be brought out of its conservative ideology.”
The Girls’ Military School will impart military training along while following the CBSE curriculum. The school has 120 seats. A written examination will be held on January 21, which will be followed by e-counselling of successful candidates and preparation of the merit list. The session will start from April with three batches of girls. Apart from CBSE education, military education, sports and obstacle training will also be provided to the daughters by ex-servicemen or NCC.
The Defence Minister had, in 2019, approved admission of girl children to Sainik schools w.e.f. academic session 2021-22 in a phased manner. The decision was taken following the success of the pilot project started by the Ministry of Defence in Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram.
The objectives behind the vision of setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools are to provide quality education to the students in tune with the National Education Policy 2020 and give them better career opportunities, including joining the Armed Forces. It also gives an opportunity to the private sector to work hand-in-hand with the Government towards nation building by refining today’s youth to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.