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Replicate Sainik School model in all schools: PMO tells HRD

Replicate Sainik School model in all schools: PMO tells HRD

New Delhi, July 20: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has advised the HRD Ministry to include elements of Sainik Schools in regular schools as well.

The PMO had held a meeting with HRD ministry officials earlier this week to discuss this proposal.

The HRD ministry is exploring ways to introduce Sainik School-like features in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs). It has also discussed the PMO’s suggestion with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), to which about 18,000 private schools across the country are affiliated.

It will be easier to replicate the Sainik School model in JNVs, which are centrally run residential schools providing quality education to talented students from rural areas, selected through an entrance test.

Sainik Schools conceived in 1961 by the then Defence Minister V K Krishna Menon, aimed to prepare youngsters for the defence services. So, in addition to academics, students at these residential schools have to join the National Cadet Corps (NCC), undergo rigorous physical training, lead disciplined lives and are encouraged to adopt patriotic values. Currently, there are about 25 such schools, managed by a society under the Ministry of Defence.

The PMO has proposed inclusion of such elements in all schools for “holistic development” of students. This idea was first mooted under the NDA-II government at the 64th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) held in October last year. CABE is the highest advisory body that guides the central government and states on matters pertaining to education.

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