The concept of Sainik School was founded by former defence minister V. K. Krishna Menon. They are driven by Sainik Schools Society which is an autonomous body operating under the Ministry of Defense and the funding for which comes under the respective state governments. The first Sainik School was set up in Satara, Maharashtra, in 1961.
Saying goodbye to hypocritic thinking, now for the first time that the all-boys Sainik Schools, which serves as feeder institutions for developing cadets for the armed forces, will ultimately allow girls to get admission. Official website is https://www.sainikschooladmission.in/index.html .
This shall happen by transforming the Sainik schools into co-educational institutions; also, the state government has asked officials of Sainik Schools to start developing a well-built foundation to induct girls as well as required medical facilities too. As a part of the admission process, 10% to 20% of seats will be kept for girls. Initially, 10% seats will be reserved. This will be increased to 15% the next year. And 20% after that.
The idea dwelled along for a while and then giving admission to girls in Sainik Schools was first explored in a project at Chhingchhip, Mizoram, the previous year. After an applauding success, the government is now preparing to implement the concept in all the 28 Sainik Schools across the country. Currently, Sainik Schools only enlist girls who are the children of the schools’ staff.
Presently, 15% of the seats are maintained for male SC candidates and 7.5% for male ST candidates and 25 %, the rest of the places are exclusively reserved for the children of serving and retired defense personnel. The remaining seats are occupied by open category candidates based on the order of their merit.