India Schools : Sainik School, Sujanpur Tira
The representation of the state in the officer cadre of the Defence Forces has been comparatively very little. To rectify the regional imbalance of this cadre, the Planning Commission cleared the scheme of establishment of a sainik school in Himachal Pradesh in 1972-73. After a long period, it saw the light in 1978 and was inaugurated by the then President of India, His Excellency, Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy.
The school is located in the historical town of Sujanpur Tira, amidst beautiful surroundings overlooking Dhauladhar ranges and on the bank of river Beas. The school has about 30 acres of land. There are five houses, one called Holding House for new entrants of VI class and four for all boys drawn from VII to XII classes. The buildings which have three storeys are very majestic, airy, sunny and equipped with all necessary items of indoor games.
Besides academic advancement, the students are encouraged to develop their creative faculties through co-curricular activities & SUPW . The medium of instruction is English.
The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. The school prepares students academically for All India Secondary School Examination and All India Senior School Certificate Examination and also for the entrance examination to the National Defence Academy.
Boys are admitted between the age of 11-12 years on 1st July of the year in which admission is sought. Admissions are made strictly in the order of merit in Class VI on the basis of an entrance examination held in February every year. No candidate is permitted to take the examination more than once.
The qualified candidates are called for interview keeping in view the number of vacancies available. 67% of the seats are reserved for boys in Himachal Pradesh. The shortfall if any and the remaining seats are thrown open to boys from other states and union territories. 15% of the total seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 71/2% seats for Scheduled Tribes. 25% seats are reserved for children of servicemen including ex-servicemen.
To enable children from weaker sections of society to study in the school and avail of public school education facilities, the HP Government has instituted liberal scholarship schemes on merit-cum-means basis. The Ministry of Defence grants a limited number of scholarships on merit-cum-means basis to the children of Defence Personnel (including ex-servicemen) selected for admission to the school.
Morning PT is compulsory for all students. Mass PT display, gymnastics, dumbbells, karate, yoga etc. are also encouraged so as to develop physical fitness and confidence.
Extra Curricular Activities
The school holds regularly Inter House and Intra House competitions in debates, declamations, one act play, book review, essay writing, short story, mushiara, poetry, group discussion, on-the-spot painting, variety Entertainment etc.
The school conducts a number of outdoor activities such as trekking, mountaineering, water sports and adventure to acquaint the boys with the adventure of life and make them fit mentally and physically. There are a number of active hobby clubs. They are the Art, Music, Photography, Drama, Literary, Adventure, Carpentry, Gardening, Book Binding, Science, Yoga, Karate and Gymnastics Clubs etc.