Sainik School, Ghorakhal

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Sainik School Ghorakhal
The sunset as viewed from the school parade ground.
Type Public school
Run by the Ministry Of Defence, India
Motto School Motto: Buddhiryasya Balantasya
(One Who has Intelligence, has True Power)
Established 21 March 1966
Founder Wg. Cdr. Jaimal Singh
Principal Capt(IN) Rohit Dwivedi
Grades Class VI up to XII
Gender Boys
Age 10 to 18
Enrollment 525
Campus size 500-acre (2.0 km2)

Silver and Maroon

Affiliation Central Board of Secondary Education, India
Students Identified as Ghorakhalians/Ghorakhalis
Houses Singh, Kumaon, Kesari, Shiwalik and Garhwal

Sainik School, Ghorakhal is a Sainik School established by the Sainik Schools Society in 1966. It is located in Ghorakhal, 4 kilometres next to the village Bhowali,at an altitude of about 6,000 feet (1,800 m) above sea level amidst the Kumaon Hills in Nainital district of the state of Uttarakhand, India.


Sainik School, Ghorakhal was established on 21 March 1966. The school was built on the 500 Acre Ghorakhal Estate of the then Nawab of Rampur, near Bhowali in Nainital District. It was one of the first Sainik Schools to be built. The school started with 60 students in 1966.


The school is located 4 km from Bhowali and 7 km from Bhimtal. The major landmark is the temple of Golu Devta.


All the cadets are assigned respective "Houses" .In total, there are 10 houses now.Shiwalik, Kesari, Garwhal, Kumaon and Singh are the senior Houses while Dhruv, Luv, Kush, Abhimanyu and Bharat are the junior Houses.


The school is for boys between the ages of 10 and 18 years.Boys are admitted to Class VI and IX.While the majority of the admissions take place in the 6th class, since 1993, a small number of candidates are also admitted in Class IX. . An All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination is held annually, usually on the second Sunday of January. There is a 67% quota for students of the host state, Uttarakhand, 25% quota for defence candidates, and 15% and 7.5% respectively to SC and ST candidates. The rest of the boys come from General category.About 6500 students from various parts of the state/country vie for admission for about 70 seats.

The ssgk garden


The school has produced many Generals, Admirals and Air Marshals currently serving in the Defence forces[who?].Vice Admiral Harish Bisht, The FOCinC of the Eastern Naval Command and Lt General L K Pandey, GOC, Uttar Bharat Area are the school alumni.


The Sainik Schools are managed by a Society which is registered under the Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860). A Board of Governors that functions under the Chairmanship of the Defence Minister, is the Chief Executive Body of the Sainik Schools Society. The Board of Governors meets at least once a year. The school has a Local Board of Administration for overseeing the functioning of the school and its finances. At present the LBA Chairman is Lt General LK Pandey, GOC, Uttar Bharat Area. He is an alumnus of the school.

The Chief Minister or the Education Minister of the state are among the members of the Board of Governors. An officer of the Ministry of Defence is nominated to supervise and co-ordinate the functioning of the school and functions as the Honorary Secretary of the Sainik Schools Society. The Honorary Secretary is assisted by officers and staff of the Ministry of Defence. This includes two inspecting officers of the rank of Colonel or equivalent. At present the Principal of the school is Captain(IN)Rohit Dwivedi.Vice Principal is Commander Arunima Raja and the Administrative Officer is Squadron Leader B S Rathore. The Senior Master is Dr J S Bisht.In the year 2016, school celebrated its Golden Jubilee wherein a large number of alumni from all over world congregated and participated in the scintillating celebrations. The school is doing well and this year so far 20 cadets have already qualified the SSB to join the NDA.Seven more are left to undergo the SSB.

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