Sainik School, Korukonda

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Coordinates: 18°03′00″N 83°20′15″E / 18.05000°N 83.33750°E / 18.05000; 83.33750

Sainik School Korukonda
Maingate of Sainik School, Korukonda

TypePublic school
Run by the Ministry of Defence (India)
MottoEver Loyal
Established18 January 1962
FounderCdr. Almeda was the First Principal
PresidentVice Admiral A K Chopra
PrincipalCol Arun Kulkarni
GradesClass 6 - 12
Age10 to 18
Campus size206-acre (0.83 km2)
Campus typeFully Residential, and for Boys only
Colour(s)Grey and Maroon         
Former pupilsSaikorian Alumni Association Official website
HousesMourya, Kakatiya, Pallava, Pandya, Moghul, Chalukya, Gupta, and Gajapati

Sainik School at Korukonda informally began on 10 September 1961. The school was formally founded by its first principal, Commander T De Almeida, on 18 January 1962, when the first batch of 205 students had joined.



The building which is now Sainik School was originally named Alak Appala Kondayamba Vijayaram Palace. It was built in 1911 by Maharaja Vijayaram Gajapathi Raju as his country residence, and later bequeathed to his second son Dr. Vijayanand Gajapathi Raju, Padmabushan, (P.V.G. Raju) LLD, a Member of Parliament and a great cricket lover, known as "Vizzy" in cricketing circles, who gifted the palace, along with 206 acres (0.83 km2) of land surrounding it, for use as a school in September 1961. As a tribute to the Royal Family, the original crest and motto of the Gajapathi dynasty was adopted by the school from its inception.

The Palace was a center for games and sports, where all-India tournaments were conducted, and sportsmen from all over India came to participate and enjoy the princely reception till about 1933.

The school now sends around 600 students into the National Defence Academy. The instructional block is a two-storied building with classrooms, laboratories, an art and craft gallery and academic departments. The administrative wing of the school is housed in the Palace. The school has an auditorium with a capacity of 650, a swimming pool, eight dormitories for the cadets, a cadets' mess (Almeida Hall - named after the first principal), a library, a sports ground of around 50 acres (200,000 m2), a tennis court, a squash court and two children's parks.


Boys are admitted to classes VI and IX and is by examination. There are numerous merit cum means based scholarships sponsored both by the state government and Ministry of Defence, Government of India, made available to prospective students.


The school has 32 teachers. Some of the academic staff are recipients of the President of India's medal for best teachers.

All students are offered the Science stream, with the option of choosing between Biology and Computer Sciences after AISSE board exams. The school follows CBSE curriculum and medium of instruction (and day to day conversation) is English. The school also prepares boys for the UPSC examination for entry into NDA, and gives guidance for other competitive exams like the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Maths and science Olympiad and G.K. contest.

On the basis of the grades obtained by students in Class X and XII the school is ranked as one of the best in the country.

There are laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, and biology. The campus is covered by broadband connectivity. The school has a reading room and library. Books can be issued to boys in the afternoons and in holidays. All leading regional and national newspaper s and magazines are available.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

The school sends many cadets to R.D.C. Membership into one of the hobby clubs is compulsory. They include painting, woodwork, photography, philately, music, dance, band, aero-modelling, ship-modelling, and radio ham. The school has programmes like social forestry, adult education and ‘Janmabhoomi’ (Village uplift programme). Students often represent the school and the district in state and national level competitions.

Literary activities include debates, declamation, dramatics recitation, and quizzes.

NCC Training is compulsory for all the students who are admitted to the school. The school imparts training to all three wings of NCC namely Army, Navy and Air Force, In Army wing the school has Senior Division NCC. The students are given an opportunity to appear for ‘B’ Certificate examination (an examination which is usually reserved for NCC cadets at undergraduate level or higher) in THE ARMY wing.

The school sponsors activities like trekking, mountaineering, cycling, rock climbing, parasailing, scuba diving and other adventure activities. Cadets are trained to attend all India NCC Camps which includes the Republic Day and Independence day Camp at New Delhi. Students have also been selected by the Government of India to represent the nation at Youth Exchange Programmes between countries.

Competitions are held in dramatics and entertainment. Some of the theater dramas with a strong social message have been performed at district and state-level festivals. The school has a music and dance (classical and folk) clubs which perform for major occasions.

The school is a regional chapter of the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY) and has hosted classical artists of international repute, where students are given lessons by the best in the field


The school was winner of south zone trophy in 2017 under the batch 2012-2019(2k12 ZaxovianZ). Emphasis is given to sport in the school and participation by all boys in at least one game is compulsory. The school has specialist coaches for games and sports like football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton, lawn tennis, skating, boxing, and gymnastics, besides indoor games like squash, table tennis, chess, an carroms.

The school has a swimming pool of 25 x 15 metres; and facilities for playing billiards, badminton, lawn tennis, squash and table tennis and an air rifle shooting range.

Members of the school shooting club represent the Sainik School Society and the state of Andhra Pradesh in the national shooting championship. The cadets are given training in yoga and martial arts, especially karate and taekwondo. The school has won the South Zone Sainik School Sports Championship for a seventh time in a row.

Athletic championships and cross-country races form major part of school calendar. Athletic championships are run over a period of 3–5 days in December. The opening ceremony involves an opening march-past of athletes of all eight houses, lighting of an Olympic flame by the school sports captain and the taking of an Olympic oath by all participating athletes.

Athletes compete in almost all olympic athletic events and competition among houses can be extremely intense. The closing ceremony of the athletic championships usually coincide with the annual day celebrations of the school and involves a closing march-past, in addition to fire-acrobat and gymnastics display.

Cross country races are held at least three times in any one academic year. The junior houses (class VI to vII) run the 5 km version while the senior houses (class IX to XII) run the 9 km version.

The school won the prestigious Sainik Schools South Zone Sports Meet - 2017 held at Sainik school Bhubaneshwar by 2k12-ZaxovianZ.

Alumni organisation[edit]

The organisation is named "Association Saikorian" and has Chapters in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada and one international chapter in the USA. Association Saikorian is involved in charity work especially in helping children of the underprivileged get access to an education. It organizes all its activities under the umbrella name of "Project Krushi".

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