India Schools : Chail Military School
The Prince of Wales (King George V) laid the foundation stone in February 1922. It formally started functioning in September 1925 at Jalandhar Cantonment. In 1952 the school was shifted to Nowgong (Madhya Pradesh) and moved to its present location at Chail in 1960. The school is run as a residential English medium school for boys.
Situated at 7300 feet above mean sea level amidst scenic splendour of the Himalayan forests, the school is housed in the erstwhile summer palaces of the Late Maharaja of Patiala. There are three boarding houses with two sections each. The schoolís cricket ground has a distinction of being the highest in the world at 7500 feet above mean sea level.
There is also a ten bedded hospital under a Medical Officer and Nursing Assistants to look after the health of the students. Chail is 29 kms from Kandaghat on the Kalka-Shimla line and is 85 km from Kalka.
In 1952 half of the seats from the total of 300 were opened for full fee paying sons of Armed Forces Officers and Civilians. At present the vacancy ratio of entitled (sons of serving or Ex-JCOs, NCOís and ORís and equivalent ranks in the Air Force and Navy) and non entitled (sons of service officers and civilians) boys is 67 per cent and 33 per cent (Service officers 20 per cent and civilians 13 per cent) respectively.
Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), it prepares students for the All India Secondary School Examination (Class X) and the Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII). Students can opt for either Science or Humanities at the +2 level. The School is also a member of the Indian Public Schoolís Conference.
The school fees are heavily subsidized. The details are as below:
- Non entitled boys - around Rs. 300/- per month.
- Entitled boys - extends from Rs. 7/- to Rs. 30/- per month according to the rank of the father.
- Day boarders - Rs 125/- per month
- Entitled boys extends from Rs. 7/- to Rs. 30/- per month. (including meals except dinner).
- Day scholars - Rs. 70/- per month. The school fees are heavily subsidized.
67 percent vacancies are reserved for sons of serving, ex-service and deceased JCOís/NCOís/ORís and their equivalent ranks in the Navy and Air Force.
Such boys are entitled to concession of Tuition and Messing fee. An All India Entrance Test and Interview is generally held in February at centres throughout the country. Candidates are tested in Arithmetic, Language and General Knowledge.
15 per cent of the sons of service officers and civilians (called non entitled students) are awarded means cum merit scholarships on the basis of scholarships test conducted by the Army Headquarters. Full scholarships are also awarded by the Ministry of Defence to sons of service officers killed in action.
Participation in games is compulsory. There are facilities for hockey, football, cricket, basket ball, volleyball, boxing, athletics, cross country racing, table tennis and squash. Morning P.T. is compulsory for all the boys. The school has Army, Air and Naval wings of the Junior Division of NCC and Senior Division of Army. Rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking and adventure camps are regular activities.
Extra Curricular Activities
A wide spectrum of creative activities are encouraged like drawing, painting, woodwork, making and repairing electrical and electronic devices and aero-modelling. Elocution, debates, quiz and creative writing competitions are also held regularly. Educational excursions are frequently held.