Five thousand new students will be approved for admission in these Sainik Schools starting from the new session. At present there are 33 Sainik Schools in the country, in which about 3300 students are studying.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the opening of 100 new Sainik Schools in the country. These schools will be expanded under the National Education Policy. Government and private sector schools can also be affiliated with Sainik School and approved as new schools. Five thousand new students will be approved for admission in these Sainik Schools starting from the new session. At present there are 33 Sainik Schools in the country, in which about 3300 students are studying. The students who came out of Sainik School have succeeded in reaching big positions in the army. Therefore the approval of new schools should be welcomed.
The identity of Sainik School is considered to prepare better citizens for the country, but a bigger identity is also to prepare better officers for the army. Most of the students coming out from here give priority to the army as their career. Sainik School is also known as the gateway to the army. This is the reason that the first choice of children interested in joining the army is Sainik School. Sainik Schools have proved to be helpful in helping the children of the economically weaker sections of the society to make a career as an officer in the army.
In the budget presented this year, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in her budget speech that more than 100 new Sainik Schools would be opened in the country. Now with the decision of the Union Cabinet, the way has been cleared for the opening of these schools from the next session. However, along with this, the government will also have to look closely at many aspects of it. At present, the Sainik Schools are completely run by the Sainik Schools Society, but with the coming together of private sector schools, it will also be a challenge to maintain their quality. Along with this, the government needs to think seriously about fees and other practical aspects. If the fees are high, then the purpose of these schools will be left behind.
There is a dearth of excellent officers in our army today. In such a situation, increasing the number of Sainik Schools can help in filling this shortfall. This is possible only if the standard of these schools is maintained. There is also a possibility of quality affected due to opening of more number of schools. It is necessary to take necessary measures to eliminate these fears. It remains to be seen how the government is able to keep these schools organized.