The government’s decision to establish 100 new Sainik schools will give girl students the opportunity to join the armed forces and contribute to national security, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday.
Speaking at an online conference, Singh said the government wants to increase the role of women in the armed forces and a series of steps have been taken in that direction, including paving the way for their admission to Sainik schools and giving a permanent assignment to female officers.
The defense minister expressed confidence that the decision to establish new Sainik schools will encourage girls to fulfill their dreams of serving the country.
Singh suggested that the Ministry of Defense and the Sainik School Society devise a mechanism to rank all Sainik schools according to their performance and control.
According to him, this will lead to healthy competition between the schools, in addition to encouraging innovative steps.
He said that along with the curriculum, children should be exposed to patriotism and loyalty to the nation as this will help build their character and benefit the country.
The Defense Minister described the announcement of the expansion of Sainik schools as one of many important decisions taken by the government over the past six to seven years to improve the quality of primary education for children and promote the country’s holistic development. to ensure.
“The establishment of 100 new Sainik schools will give girls the opportunity to join the armed forces and contribute to national security,” Singh said.
In October, the Union cabinet approved the affiliation of 100 schools from the academic year 2022-23 in the government and private sectors with Sainik School Society under the Ministry of Defense.
Singh stated that while ‘Sainik’ stands for unity, discipline and dedication, ‘School’ is the center of education, hence Sainik schools play a vital role in making children capable citizens.
Singh said the government focuses on providing quality education to the youth of the country as it lays a solid foundation for the overall development of the society.
“Quality education is the fourth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. A number of other goals fall under ‘quality education’. Our strong political commitment has been to achieve these goals,” Singh said.
“Several programs are running such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan. Establishing 100 new Sainik schools is another important step in that direction,” he said.
Singh mentioned that Sainik schools have contributed to the recruitment of more than 7,000 officers in the armed forces so far and given the country officers such as former chiefs of staff General Deepak Kapoor (Retd) and General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retd).
In this regard, he also mentioned Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, former RBI Governor D Subbarao and film director Rakesh Roshan.
“Today, our country is moving rapidly on the path of self-reliance in every area. It is reaching newer heights in areas such as defense, health, communications, industry and transport thanks to the synergy between the public and private sectors,” he said.
Singh said there is a need for a revolution in the education sector and the holistic development of children.
“This can only happen if there is strong cooperation between defence, education and the private sector,” he said.