AIZAWL, May 18 - The much-awaited Mizoram Sainik School is all set to start classes from this academic session.
The school at Chhingchhip village, formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Wednesday, is the 27th Sainik School in India and the fourth in the North East.
In his speech, Lal Thanhawla said initiative had been taken for establishment of the Sainik School in 1998. However, the project was abandoned for ten years (during the rule of Mizo National Front. “We revived the project as soon as we came back to power in 2008. The inauguration of Sainik School today after so many years of efforts is a major milestone for development of education in Mizoram,” he said.
He praised the generosity of 60 landowners in Chhingchhip who donated their lands for the School without expecting anything in return. He said it was a wise move as the village would be the one that would benefit the most from the school.
Lal Thanhawla recalled that before the Mizoram insurgency that broke out in 1966, there were a good number of Mizo officers in the India Army while there were only three officers from neighbouring Manipur. Manipur has now produced more officers in the Army, compared to us.
“Owing to the Mizos’ independence movement, there were anti-Indian sentiments and hostility towards the Indian Army among the Mizos, resulting in drastic decline in the number of youth joining the Indian Army. That attitude has gradually disappeared and the number of young men joining the India Army has significantly come up since recent times,” he added.
Sainik school trains children not only for the Army, but it also nurtures them to be good citizens. He added that steps were taken to admit girls in the school, to be the first Sainik School that admits girls.
Construction of the school began in 2012 on 212 hectares of land donated by Chhingchhip villagers. Even though some physical works are yet to be completed, Sainik School Society that inspected the school last year said classes can be started from the 2017-18 academic session. For the current session, 60 boys have been admitted for class VI. Upper classes would be opened year by year. Once completed, the school would be able to accommodate 600 students. Six teachers, including three Mizos, have been recruited.
The school has been constructed at the cost of Rs 45 crore from 13th Finance Commission and Rs 50.64 crore from Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR).