Sainik School Balachadi, Jamnagar
|Sainik School Balachadi|
|School type||Boarding School|
|Motto||'Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam'|
|Founder||V. K. Krishna Menon|
|Authority||Ministry of Defence|
|Enrollment||Through all-India Sainik School entrance exam|
|Number of students||575|
|Classes offered||6th to 12th|
|Campus size||426 acres|
|School fees||1.5 lakh per annum|
The Sainik School Balachadi (Hindi: सैनिक शाला बालाचडी ), Jamnagar, Gujarat, is one of the Top Sainik School in the Chain of 26 Sainik Schools in India. It is one of the best boarding school for public education in Gujarat.It was established in July 1961 by then the Honorable Prime Minister Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri.It is an elite English medium, fully residential boarding school for boys providing Premium public school education with a Military bias up to 10+2 stage as per the Central Board of Secondary Education.The Chain of Sainik Schools in India was established as a prime focus of strengthening the Armed Forces and All India Services IAS & IPS, and other fields of Public services. The School is Located at a distance of 32 Km from the main city of Jamnagar along side a natural elegant coastal area. The campus facing the Gulf of Kutch is encompassed with a Bungalow of The Ruler of Nawanagar Maharaja Jam Shaheb Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji, Sachana Ship Breaking Yard and a natural sea beach.
The school grounds are in the Balachadi Estate.
There was a campsite for Polish refugee children of World War II, built by K. S. Digvijaysinhji, Jam Saheb Maharaja of Nawanagar in 1942, near his summer resort. He gave refuge to hundreds of Polish children rescued from Polish and Soviet camps. The campsite is now part of the Sainik School.
The scheme to establish Sainik Schools was introduced in 1961 with the primary aim of preparing boys academically, physically and mentally for entry into the National Defense Academy. It also aimed to eradicate the regional/ rural-urban disparities in the officer cadre in the armed forces. Even though our prime motive is to equip children to join the prestigious NDA, we are committed to orient our educational and developmental processes in a manner that help grooms our students into leaders (pioneers) in their chosen fields.
Education is the biggest social enterprise ever undertaken by any civilization on globe. We are fully conscious of the great and sacred responsibilities of human engineering that we are entrusted with. Our Endeavour here is to ensure that each child receives the right education from the right people in the right environment.
We make conscious efforts to ignite minds and to create in the students a love of learning and continuous development by making the learning process an enjoyable experience. In this process the students develop a high self-esteem and are equipped with life skills that will place him first among the equals. We provide an exemplary and enviable residential and extras curricular programme that empower the students to be contributing citizens in India and the international community.
The primary goal of the school is to prepare boys academically, mentally and physically for entry into the National Defence Academy. It enables boys from economically weaker sections of the society to take up an illustrious officer carrier in the Armed Forces of the nation. Character building, dedication, patriotic outlook and esprit-de-corps are the qualities which are promoted by the Sainik Schools.
Outdoor games include football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, cricket, badminton, tennis, and squash. Inter house competitions in all these events are organized, and athletic competitions (track and field) are held. Club activities include art club, craft club, story – telling club, physics club, chemistry club, bio club, bird watching club, computer club and trekking club. The school encourages cadets to participate in inter-school competitions, in debates, declamation, quiz competitions, essay writing, poetry composing, short story writing, drawing and painting and all sports and games events. The school sends a large number of cadets to attend camps (NCC and others) organized around the country. The Literary Club English and Hindi organizes the inter-house competitions in declamation, debate, essay writing, poetry, recitation, spelling competition, science quiz, general quiz, weekly news analysis, and group discussions.
There are tours to National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy and defense establishments in Mumbai, Cochin, Bangalore, Madras, and Hyderabad; educational tour to historical places; cycle expedition for class IX; and a trekking expedition.
Day starts with morning parade under the guidance of physical training instructors from the Army Physical Training Corps/NCC Instructors. This, followed by a bath and change and the breakfast. Classes begin at 08.30 hrs. Classes run up to 13.30 hrs with two short intervals in the first of which cadets are given light refreshments, served centrally. After the classes, they go for lunch. The time between 14.00 and 17.00 hrs is used for academically weak students to go for their remedial classes while others do homework, engage in some club activities, pursue hobbies, ready their kit, or garden. There are evening games outdoor from 17.00 to 18.00 hrs. Evening prep gives the cadets sufficient time to do their homework and clear their doubts. Dinner is at 20.30 hrs.
National Cadet Corps
All the boys are enrolled into the National Cadet Corps and follow a combined syllabus of the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force). The school possesses a full-fledged NCC company.
The scheme of entrance comprises two parts: the written exam and the medical examination with an interview. Candidate who qualify in the written examinations are called for medical examination and interview.
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- "Origin and History". Welcome to Sainik School Balachadi. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016.