Pathfinder in Private Military Schools in India

First Private Military School was started in Pre-Independence Era in 1935 by an Established Central Hindu Military Education Society to the Indianization of the Army (Indian Defence). In the Post-Independence Era Establishment of Sainik Schools was introduced in the year 1961. The Sainik School society manages these schools. 

At present, there are 24 Sainik Schools spread out in 21 States. Sainik School at Rewari is stated to be the latest one which started in March 2009. It is to be noticed that 7 States viz. Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram & Sikkim, and all the 07 Union Territories, namely, N.C.T. of Delhi, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep, do not have even a single Sainik School. 

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Major Pravin Singh, a Veteran, after relinquishing his short service commission as an officer in the Indian Army he followed his passion for training the Next Gen while heading the MBP Military School at Gondia as Commandant. Cadets of school have become officers after passing out from National Defence Academy & Indian Military Academy. This school has given many international sportsmen who have represented India apart from many more who have represented the state in national games. Chhattisgarh Police also employed him as SP / Commandant heading the Police Training Center at Boregaon (Dist. Kondagaon) on Samvidha (Contractual basis) for two years.

During his tenure as Commandant of a private military school, he realised that Sainik Schools have minimal seats, only restricted to one school per state. This was not able to address the number of young aspirants looking for admissions to Sainik Schools. Also, due to the reservation of seats for serving and retired defence persons, few seats were left for aspirants from civilian backgrounds.

He started Confluence Military School (First Private Military School of Chhattisgarh) and Cardinal Warriors intending to contribute by grooming its cadets to become officers in the Army, Navy & Air Force, IAS, IFS, IES, as Doctors, CA or Sportsman as per their latent skill and aptitude with proper guidance and training. Defence Intelligence Agency noted a study on this private venture in Sainik School. A survey was conducted to open more such ventures to inculcate the spirit of Nationalism and Patriotism.

The recommendations of this report have resulted in the announcement of 100 Sainik schools in Budget 2021, followed by the Cabinet approval of the project. The contributions by Major Pravin Singh, a Veteran in the development of private military school project, makes him the pathfinder in private military schools in India.

MANDATE OF PRIVATE MILITARY SCHOOL

Private Military School will aim to develop the spirit of Nationality, Co-operation, Discipline, Leadership, Self Confidence, Valour and Patriotism amongst the students, to prepare the cadets for the Entrance exam of National Defence Academy, and to inspire them for supreme National service. 

VISION:

Private Military School will be a premier college preparatory, military boarding school for young men, and day boarding for women with its curriculum that instills pride in its Cadets and empowers them to develop academic excellence, leadership, and character traits to be a responsible citizen in life.

MISSION:

Private Military School’s mission is to educate, mentor, and develop patriotism, good character, and leadership traits in young men and women.

OBJECTIVES:

Private Military School will achieve its Vision & Mission through;

  • Academic Excellence – Providing a World Class education that prepares our cadets for National Defence Academy and other college entrance and careers.
  • Duty – Performing one’s obligations, tasks, conduct, service, or functions emanating from their position or station in either life or a group.
  • Honour – To exercise and maintain fairness, integrity, and honesty in one’s beliefs and actions.
  • Integrity – A firm devotion to moral and ethical principles and soundness of character in all our affairs.
  • Loyalty – To one’s family, institution, comrades, and nation.
  • Respect – To render appropriate deferential regard and esteem to colleagues, institutions, one’s family, and the nation.
  • Personal Courage – To do the more complex right over the easier wrong.
  • Service – to each other, our families, school, communities, and nation. 

Transformation of a Child into a Complete Man

Private Military School inculcates Leadership and Gentleman qualities in each candidate to transform them into a Complete Man by adopting tools for;

  • Developing intellectual curiosity, creativity, and independent thought through a rigorous academic core curriculum that prepares each Cadet for the challenges of post-secondary education.
  • Making conversant with technology can gather data, evaluate, and analyse facts to draw meaningful and valid conclusions ethically.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of civic responsibilities and a commitment to service and inculcating the spirit of nationalism.
  • Relating successfully to others, accepting responsibility, demonstrating empathy, and adapting to change during problems that confront him now and in the future.

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