Bay News Network, Visakhapatnam: The Ministry of Defence is wondering if it should open separate sainik schools for girls or enroll them in the existing ones, as the fair sex constitutes 50 per cent of the total population, said M.M.Pallam Raju, Minister of State for Defence, while addressing the alumni of the school and cadets at the P.V.G.Raju Auditorium here on Thursday. The minster opened the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of Sainik School, Korukonda.
“Plans are a foot to open up a number of streams in National Defence Academy (NDA) to meet the growing demand,” he said.
Mr.Pallam Raju called upon cadets of the school to focus on abilities, particularly in modern warfare, in order to cope with the challenges. Majority of cadets from all the 24 sainik schools in the country had been joining the defence forces, he said and added that the Ministry of Defence had in the past released Rs.2 crore to each sainik school across the nation towards infrastructure development.
Earlier, he paid rich tributes to Dr. P.V.G.Raju, former Rajasaheb of Vizianagaram, who donated 206 acres of land along with a historic palace in it for the school, by garlanding his statue, took salute from school cadets and reviewed the guard of honour. He also released souvenir of the school brought out on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations. He also laid the foundation stone for an indoor sports complex being built on the school premises by the alumni body ‘Association Saikorian’ and unveiled the commemorative plaque beside the auditorium.
P.Ashok Gajapathi Raju, MLA, lauded the school administration for unkeep of the infrastructure and advised it maintain its social commitment. As population of girls equals boys and their orientation has changed, they too may opt for admission in sainik schools in future, he hoped.
Vice-Admiral Anup Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command and Chairman of Local Board of Administration, said that the armed forces require physically fit and mentally alert cadets and the sainik schools had been grooming the youngsters.
Lt.Gen.K.Surendranath, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Training Command (ARTRAC) and an alumni of the school, recalled his days in the school 48 years ago and thanked successive principals for their efforts to mould students who include Governor of Reserve Bank of India D.Subba Rao.
Lt.Gen (Retired) K.R.Rao, Chairman of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations Committee proposed vote of thanks. Several members of the school staff, former students, who include serving and retired senior officers from the Armed forces, were present.