In-principle approval to 3 Sainik schools

The Ministry is also running an empowerment programme for Principals of Sainik Schools, conducted by CBSE in collaboration with IIM and NUEPA.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 21:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Government has given an `in- principle` approval to a request by three state governments to open new Sainik Schools and has asked them to transfer funds, build basic infrastructure and sign the Memorandum of
Agreement, the Defence Ministry told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

In a written reply to a question in the House on Sainik
Schools, Defence Minister AK Antony said "proposals have been
received from governments of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra
Pradesh for setting up new Sainik Schools in Sambalpur, Sagar
and Chitttoor districts respectively."

After site inspection by officers of the Defence
Ministry, in-principle approval has been accorded for setting
up new Sainik Schools in these states, he said.

"The state governments have been requested to transfer
land, build up basic infrastructure and sign the Memorandums
of Agreement," Antony said.

Replying to a query on review of performance of Sainik
Schools, he said there has been an upward trend in terms of
students from these schools joining the National Defence
Academy (NDA).

"The Sainik Schools Society reviews the working and
performance of Sainik Schools in respect of academic results
and NDA intake as well as infrastructural facilities. There is
an upward trend in respect of the academic as well as NDA
results," Antony said.

The Minister said that to improve the standard of
teaching in these schools, a programme of in-service training
to teachers and administrative staff is being implemented with
the assistance of various services and professional
institutions such as the NCERT.

For cadets, Service Selection Board (SSB)-oriented
training is being provided to them by using professional
resource in these schools.

The Ministry is also running an empowerment programme for
Principals of Sainik Schools, conducted by CBSE in
collaboration with Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and
National University of Educational Planning and Administration
(NUEPA).

At present, there are 24 Sainik Schools in the country.
Replying to a question on No Objection Certificate (NOC)
to Defence land, Antony said "except for Srinagar, no other
case of NOC for defence land has come to the notice during the
last four years. To get the matter thoroughly investigated and
fix responsibility, government has entrusted the inquiry to
CBI."

After conducting a preliminary inquiry in the matter, it
was found that prima-facie there have been irregularities in
the issue of NOCs which may have wider implications, he said.

Answering a query on turnover of CSD canteens, he said,
as per laid down policy, 50 per cent of total profits earned
by CSD is deposited into Consolidated Fund of India (CFI). The
remaining 50 per cent is distributed to various beneficiaries
as determined by the competent authority."

As per policy in vogue, after deduction of regular and
adhoc allocations, the balance is allocated to Army, Air Force
and Navy in the ratio of 85:10:5, he said.

In 2009-10, CSD earned a total revenue of Rs 226.53 crore
while the figure for 2008-09 was Rs 203.69 crore.

PTI