Schools in India: Sainik School , Korukonda
The school informally began on Sept. 10th 1961 when Smt Baghiradi Devi, Rani Saheb of Vizianagaram at the instance of her husband, Lt. Col. Maharaj Kumar. Dr. Vijayanand Gajapati Raju (Sir Vizzy) gave the Korukonda Palace to their nephew, the great philanthropist and educationist Shri P.V.G. Raju, Raja Saheb of Vizianagaram who gifted this palace to run a sainik school. The school was formally founded by Cdr. T de Almeida, the first Principal of the school on 18th Jan. 1962.
The administrative wing of the school is housed in the Maharaja’s Palace. The school has an auditorium with a capacity of 600, a modern swimming pool, eight spacious dormitories for the cadets, a spacious cadets mess and state-of-the-art computer lab. The school has other amenities like two primary schools, two children’s parks, a Post Office, a Telephone Exchange, a Bank, a homeo clinic, and a twelve bedded hospital a sprawling dairy farm, a 23 acre agricultural farm within the self sufficient campus.
The school also gets the services of coaches of national repute to train the boys in various sports and games. There are also NCC staff (a Havaldar and a Subedar) permanently attached to handle the compulsory NCC training and other adventure activities.
There are students from other states who are the children of defence personnel. 15% of the total seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes and 25% seats for the children of service personnel including ex-servicemen. Students participate effectively in the management of their houses, mess, games, sports and cultural activities. Boys from senior classes are given school appointments for exercising the organizing abilities and developing qualities of leadership.
The school also prepares boys for the UPSC examination for entry into NDA. Besides this, the school gives guidance for the boys for other competitive exams like NTSE, Maths Olympiad, G.K. contest etc.
The lump sum school fees is Rs. 22000/- per annum subject to revision from time to time. Diet Charges : Rs. 6050/- per annum subject to revision from time to time.
The school has a modern swimming pool of 25 x 15 m. size with a filtration plant; a Horse Riding club and facility for playing billiards, badminton, lawn and table tennis and a shooting range. The school trains its students to participate in the state and national-level championships. The members of the school shooting club regularly represent the Sainik School Society and the state of Andhra Pradesh in the national shooting championship. The cadets are also imparted training in yoga and martial arts.
Sainik School, Korukonda maintains an enviable academic standard amongst the public schools of India. On the basis of the grades obtained by our students in Class X and XII the school is ranked as one of the best in the country. The school has a good track record of at least two boys being awarded NTSE scholarship every year.
Extra Curricular Activities
NCC training is compulsory for all the students who are admitted to the school. The school imparts training to all three wings of NCC namely Army, Navy and Air Force, In Army wing the school has Senior Division NCC and conduct test for ‘B’ Certificate Examination. In addition, the NCC sponsors a wide range of activities like trekking, mountaineering, cycling, rock climbing, Para sailing, scuba diving and a host of adventure activities. Besides this, cadets are trained to attend all India NCC camps which includes the prestigious Republic Day Camp at Delhi.