The HRD Ministry has been advised by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to include elements of military schools in regular schools too. This proposal was discussed in a meeting organised by PMO.
As per an Indian Express report, it was learned that the Prakash Javadekar-led ministry was 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 20,000 private schools across the country are affiliated.
Sainik Schools were conceived in 1961 by the then Defence Minister V K Krishna Menon, and set up with the objective of preparing youngsters for the defence services.
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Replicating the military school model
Sources said that the ministry thinks that it would be easier to replicate such elements in JNVs, which are also residential schools. These schools provide quality education to talented students from rural areas, who are selected through an entrance test. Apart from concentrating on academics, students at these residential schools have to join the National Cadet Corps (NCC), undergo rigorous physical training, lead disciplined lives and are motivated to adopt patriotic values.
At present, there are about 25 such schools, managed by a society under the Ministry of Defence.
The PMO firmly believes that inclusion of such elements in schools is good for “holistic development” of students. It was under the NDA-II government that this idea was first mooted at the 64th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) held in October last year.