First of it’s kind ‘Army School’ to be started under Vidya Bharati
Vidya Bharati is set to open an ‘Army’ school next year that will train children to become officers in the armed forces. The school will be its first such initiative in India.
The ‘Rajju Bhaiya Sainik Vidya Mandir’ will come up in Shikarpur in UP’s Bulandshahar district. Construction of the residential school for boys is now on and it will follow the Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus. It will have students from Class VI to Class XII and classes will begin from April 2020. “This is an experiment we are doing for the first time in the country and the model can be replicated to other places in future,” says Ajay Goyal, regional convener of West UP and Uttarakhand for the Vidya Bharti Uchha Shiksha Sansthan.
Goyal, who is working on the education side of the project, said: “We will take 160 students for Class VI for the first batch.” Children of martyrs will get 56 seats under a reservation scheme. Retired Army officers are expected to meet and offer suggestions for improvements in September.
“There is a lack of Army, Navy and Air Force officers in the country. The reason behind that is not many young people can match the eligibility criteria for the officers’ post. There is one Army School in each state which is not able to fulfill the demand of officers in the Indian forces,” reads the school brochure.
Construction, which is spread over 20,000 square meters donated by former Army man and farmer Rajpal Singh, began on August 24 last year. The land is now part of a newly created trust, Rajpal Singh Jankalyan Sewa Samiti. The school will have a three-storey building for academics, a three-level hostel, a dispensary, residence for staff members and a large stadium.