Aizawl: In a big step towards gender equality, the defence ministry recently gave approval to admit girls in the prestigious Sainik Schools across the country from the academic session 2021-2022.
However, in Mizoram, girls have been given equal opportunity since 2018 itself when Sainik School Chhingchhip got selected as a pilot school to include girls with a reservation of 10% of the total seats for such students. During that year, six girl cadets were admitted to the school located at Chhingchhip, a two-and-a-half drive from state capital Aizawl.
In the current academic session of 2019-2020, the numbers of girl cadets has doubled to 12. Majority of the girls are from Mizoram, with a few girls from other Northeast states.
Answering to an inquiry made by EastMojo, Lt Col UPS Rathore, principal of Sainik School Chhingchhip, said, “The girls are given the same standard as the boy cadets in terms of physical, academic and psychological training and education. They have given excellent performance in all the fields.”
At present, only one girl is a serving Army officer’s child while the rest of the girls studying at the school come from civilian backgrounds. This shows the popularity gained by Sainik School in Mizoram.
With a true spirit towards gender equality, the girl cadets at Chhingchhip also have to clear all the Sainik School examinations — a tough one that requires a disciplined and dedicated preparation. After clearing the examination, the girls have to undergo medical examination before being selected for the final admission.
Lt Col Rathore also added that the girls studying at Sainik School Chhingchhip have plans to join the various branches of the armed forces.
Sainik School in Mizoram has gained immense popularity since its establishment in April 21, 2017. Each year, aspiring students join coaching classes in preparation for the Sainik School entrance examination.
Every year, entrance exams are held at three locations — Aizawl, Lunglei and Chhingchhip. The school has a 212-acre campus comprising five buildings.