India Schools : Sainik School, Satara
The idea of establishing a chain of Sainik Schools in the country was conceived by late Shri V.K. Krishna Menon, the then Union Minister of Defence, in the year 1961. Sainik School, Satara has got the distinction of being the first among the series of Sainik Schools established in the country. It was on 23rd June 1961 that this school was inaugurated by Shri Krishna Menon. The function was presided over by Shri Y.B. Chavan, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The total area of the school is about 150 acres. The main school building is a modern structure with a large gymnasium hall. It houses the class rooms, well equipped laboratories, a well stocked library and a multipurpose hall for various activities. The school has a beautiful swimming pool. It has an auditorium cum cinema theatre. There are 6 boarding houses and staff quarters for all the employees of the school. The school has an athletics stadium and 15 other playgrounds for football, hockey, volley ball, basket ball, etc.
The school has Classes VI to XII. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. The students appear for the CBSE (X) and (XII) examinations and are also prepared for entry to the National Defence Academy.
The academic year is from June to April and there are two terms:
- First Term June to October ; Second Term November to April
- Vacations-Diwali approx.4 weeks in October/ November;Summer 2 months - May/June
- Break A short break of 1 week in February
Admission is confined to Class VI only. Boys have to be between the age of 10 and 11 years, as on 1st July of the year of admission. Depending on the vacancies, successful candidates in the entrance examination are given admission to this school strictly in order of merit and subject to their medical fitness as per the National Defence Academy Medical Standards. The scheme of entrance examination for admission is:
Paper I - Mathematical Knowledge Test
Paper II - Language Ability Test
Paper III - Intelligence Test
15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste, 71/2% are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and 25 % for children of serving/ ex-service defence personnel.
The school is an aided institution i.e. the Central Government gives scholarships to the wards according to the income of their parents.
Hockey, cricket, athletics, football, basketball, volleyball and table tennis are the major games played. Facilities also exist for swimming, horse riding and cross country running.
Extra Curricular Activities
The school has various club activities such as the Photography Club, a Music Club, an Art Club, a Wood Craft Club, an English Literary and a Dramatics Club, a Hindi Literary Club and a Dramatic Club, a Marathi Club, a Mathematics Club, a Chemistry Club, a Physics Club, a Biology Club, a Library Club and Knitting and Embroidery Club.