Edn Minister meets Sainik School officials
Imphal, Jul 31 (DIPR)
Education Minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam today held a meeting with the officials and the faculty members of Sainik School Imphal and inspected the ongoing infrastructure development at the campus and other essential requirements which is mandatory for admission of girls in the establishment.
During the meeting, Principal of the school Group Capt HCS Chauhan apprised the Minister that admission of girl cadets will begin from the next academic session as per the directives of the Union Ministry of Defence. He also highlighted the need for a separate dormitory section for girls, which is not available at the moment.
The Minister said that many States have already begun admission for girls in their respective Sainik Schools. The National Defence Academy is preparing to include girls and groom them for the three wings of the country's Defence Services. The state should not lag behind in providing opportunities for girls to be part of the Defence Services. He assured that all possible assistance will be extended to the School for admission of girls in the next academic session.
Dr Th Radheshyam also enquired about the preparedness of the cadets for the ensuing UPSC examinations for National Defence Academy and the challenges and shortcomings faced by the cadets and the teachers, including the school administration following the lockdown due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
Congratulating the Cadets who have cleared the written examinations and are awaiting medical tests, the Minister said that the Government will look in the areas of possibilities for scholarships for Cadets in the NDA. He emphasised that the sole purpose of the Sainik Schools is to groom the young minds to build a strong nation. The Principal apprised that online classes are being conducted for all the Cadets as per the directives of the Sainik School norms. The meeting was attended by Joint Secretary Laishram Nandakumar; Vice-Principal Wing Cdr Sreeprakash J, Adm Officer Lt Cdr Inder Jit Yadav, Senior Master, A Romel, among others.