India Schools : Sainik School, Bijapur
Sainik School Bijapur was the 13th School to be setup in the chain of 18 Sainik Schools existing today in the country. The foundation stone was laid by late Smt Indira Gandhi, the then AICC President, and the school started functioning on 16th September 1963 in Vijaya College Campus, Bijapur. The present campus was inaugurated by the then Vice President of India late Dr. Zakir Hussain on 17th December 1966.
This school is located in the historical city of Bijapur, famous for its Golgumbaz and other ancient monuments. It has a campus spread over 406 acres, with extensive playgrounds, swimming pool, gymnasium, and well equipped laboratory, auditorium, equitation section, computer section and a library. The cadets are accommodated in one of the five houses of the school i.e. Hoysala, Adilshahi, Vijaynagar, Wodeyar and Rashtrakoota. These houses are named after the famous dynasties of Karnataka State. The school has a branch of State Bank of India which caters for the need of staff and students. Cadets are permitted to use banking facility once a week. The school has MI Room consisting of medical unit of eight beds and isolation unit of four beds. It also has a part-time Medical Officer who is assisted by a qualified Medical Assistant. The doctor attends to the daily sick-parade of cadets and conducts periodical checks of all cadets. They are treated for minor ailments in the school MI Room.
The school has a well qualified and experienced staff. In addition, two PTI’s from the Army Physical Training Centre (APTC) and three NCC staff (01 JCO and 02 Hav) are on deputation from the Army.
The maximum strength of the school is 620. Each boy’s work is supervised by masters apart from the Housemasters and Tutors who keep an eye on the progress, each boy has a Class Master who advises and helps him in his academic work.
Sainik School, Bijapur is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. The sainik school prepares boys for the following Examinations:
- Union Public Service Commission Examination for Admission to the National Defence Academy.
- All India Secondary School Examination
- All India Senior School Certificate Examination.
The fee structure from the academic year 1999-2000:
Tution Fees per cadet per annum : Rs. 20,000/-
Clothing Charges per cadet per annum during the first year : Rs. 1,500/- and Rs. 750/- in the subsequent years
Mess : Rs. 5,500/-
Admission is open to class VI for boys who have completed 10 but below 11 years of age and to class IX for boys who have completed 13 but below 14 years of age on 1st July of the year of admission. Admissions are made on the basis of an All India Entrance Examination which consists of three written papers for class VI and four written papers for class IX. Boys who qualify in the written examination and are high in the merit list will be called for viva-voce/interview and medical examination depending upon the number of vacancies and scholarships available. Interview marks will be added to the marks of the written tests and final merit list will be admitted to the school strictly according to their rank/position in the merit subject to their being declared medically fit by the competent medical board/ authorities as per the medical standards laid down. 15% of the total seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste and 7.5% seats for Scheduled Tribes. 25% seats are also reserved for children of service personnel including ex-servicemen.
Liberal scholarships scheme have been instituted by the State Government for the boys. Limited defence scholarships are available to the children of service/ex-JCOs and ORs and of the equivalent ranks of the three services on the basis of rank in the case of serving personnel and based on monthly income in the case of ex- servicemen.
The school provides facilities for major games like volleyball, basketball, football, and hockey. Facilities for other games like cricket and table tennis are also provided. The school has a well equipped gymnasium and a swimming pool. Coaching classes are conducted by qualified coaches in major games. The school has an obstacle course to improve the students endurance and physique. It is compulsory and all boys take part in regular physical training which includes cross country runs.
Extra Curricular Activities
While, greater emphasis is laid on the academic progress of the boys, the school provides ample scope for the development of their creative faculties and skills in fine arts & crafts and other hobbies. The boys are encouraged to take an active interest in all these activities which include:
- Philately Club
- Geography Club
- Science Club
- Photography Club
- Arts & Crafts Club
- Swimming Club
- Gymnastics Club
- Cultural Heritage Club
- Library Club
- Karate Club
- Music Club
- Social Service Club
- Yoga Club
All the students are member of the Junior Division of the National Cadets Corps. The senior boys attend Annual Training Camps and Special Summer Camps.
The school also arranges educational tours under escorts to places of historical and educational interest as a regular feature of their training. There is also ample opportunity for senior boys to go on hikes and organised outdoor excursions during the course of their stay at school.