Sainik School, Kunjpura
|Sainik School, Kunjpura|
('Ready to Accomplish')
|School district||Karnal district|
|Principal||Col VS Chandola|
|Number of students||620 in classes VI to XII|
|Campus||276 acres (1.12 km2)|
|Affiliation||Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi|
Sainik School, Kunjpura is one of the first five Sainik Schools (military school) established by the 'Sainik Schools Society' in 1961 in India and was the first Sainik School in the state of Haryana. It was set up prepare students for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune. The school comes under the control of the state government and Ministry of Defence.
Situated west of Kunjpura village in Karnal district of Haryana, the school stands on a 275 acres (1.11 km2) campus and is situated 10 km northeast of Karnal city and 130 km north of Delhi. The cadets here are known as "Kunjeyan" /"Kunjeans".
More than 800 students from the school have qualified for the National Defence Academy (NDA). The school made news when a record 16 students qualified for joining the NDA in 2006 through the written examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the subsequent interview conducted by Services Selection Board (SSB) and the number increased to twenty in 2008.
The school was started in July 1961 on the large property that originally belonged to the last Nawab of Kunjpura, Ibrahim Ali Khan, who had built it in the year 1900 to house the marriage party of his daughter. The property passed into the hands of the Defence Ministry as the nawab migrated to Pakistan after the independence of India and died in Lahore in 1952. Before becoming the Sainik School, it was also the ‘sanctum sanctorum’ of the prestigious ‘Punjab Police Academy’.
Sainik School, Kunjpura came into being in July 1961, at the behest of V. K. Krishna Menon, the then Defence Minister of India, who took personal interest in its inception. He handed over command of the school to Lt. Col. E J Simeon (1918–2007), a Corps of Signals officer stationed in Delhi at the time, who ran the school for the next seven years as its Founder Principal till his retirement from the Army in 1967. He was succeeded by Col. Munindra Chandra as the Principal, whose contribution in sending a record number of cadets from the 1969 and 1970 batches of the NDA, subsequent principals were Group Captain Suresh Kumar,Col Arun Datta, Group Captain L.N.Sharma (now Air Vice Marshal), Col. YS Parmar, SM; and now Col V.D. Chandola, who is the present principal of the school.
Gradually, additions were made to the main building of the school in terms of new constructions. But the main building remained the ‘nerve centre’ of the school.
In addition to the main building, the school has an NDA block (which serves as the new academic block), cadets Mess, the Manekshaw Auditorium, the Simeon Squash Court, gymnasium, riding school, swimming pool, athletics and sports fields, infirmary and residential areas for the staff and the boys. The Main Building houses the Administrative block, Office of the Principal, conference hall, library and sub-junior classes. The NDA block is the Academic block, housing the staff room, computer lab, lecture hall and multimedia room. The school also has a synthetic tennis court, several basketball, volleyball, football and hockey courts and grounds. Training of National Cadet Corps (NCC) is compulsory for all the boys of the school and they receive 'B' certificate in NCC before passing out from the school.
The school is a ‘Dronacharya’s Gurukul’ in the true sense of the word as it provides opportunities for growth and development in each and every segment of a student's life, may it be academics, co-curricular activities, extra-curricular activities or career guidance, thus helping in the students' all round development.
SSK has not only produced India's Top Soldiers for armed forces but world class citizens contributing to all walks of life. Prominent Alumni are reaching on top of their professions are
Two-time Chief Minister of Haryana - Sh. BHUPINDER SINGH HOODA
Former chief of Army Staff- GEN DEEPAK KAPOOR(Retd), PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC
ALUMNI IN INDIAN ARMED FORCES
LT GEN (Dr.) DDS SANDHU (Retd), Former Vice Chancellor, KURUKSHETRA UNIVERSITY
AIR MARSHAL GS CHAUDHRY (Retd.)
PVSM, AVSM, VSM AIR MARSHAL PS BHANGU (Retd)
AIR MARSHAL S P SIGH
VICE ADMIRAL SPS CHEEMA
REAR ADMIRAL HS MALHI PVSM,AVSM, VM
LT GEN RK LOOMBA (Retd)
LT GEN ARUN NANDA(Retd)
LT GEN RR GOSWAMI
LT GEN KJS OBEROI
LT GEN VIRENDER SINGH TONK PVSM,AVSM
LT GEN PS BHALLA, PVSM (former DG, National Cadet Corps (India) )
MAJ GEN SANJEEV LOOMBA(Retd)
MAJ GEN RK HOODA
MAJ GEN SHAMSHER SINGH
MAJ GEN SANDEEP KUMAR, VSM (Retd.)
MAJ GEN DS NEHRA
MAJ GEN UMANG KAPOOR
MAJ GEN SBS CHAUDHARY
MAJ GEN BS DAULTA
MAJ GEN KJS THIND
COl. SANT KUMAR (RAJ RIF) PARTICIPATED in 1980 MOSCOW OLYMPICS in 800/ 1500 M athletic events.
Col. Hemraj Singh Parmmar (Retd)
WG CDR KRISHAN LOCHAB
Col. RAGHUVIR GAUBA
Col. Gajender Singh Sheokand
ALUMNI - INDIAN CIVIL SERVICES
Sh PREM KUMAR GERA, IAS (GUJARAT CADRE)
Sh SS DESWAL, IPS (Haryana Cadre) Sh R K SINGH, IAS
Sh JITENDER PAL RANA, IFS
ALUMNI - HARYANA GOVT.
Sh. KRISHAN KUMAR KATARIA, DIRECTOR HARYANA TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Sh. Yashvir Singh, Executive Engineer Sonepat Haryana
ALUMNI - PROMINENT CORPORATE AND BUSINESSES
Sh. PRAHLAD KAKKAR (DISTINGUISHED ADVERTISING WIZARD)
Narender Dureja - Director HCL Health Services
SANDEEP KAUSHIK - Architect and town planner
ALUMNI - OVERSEAS CITIZENS OF INDIA / NON RESIDENT INDIANS
There are several other alumni from the school doing exceptionally well in all spheres of life. Several kunjeyans have been awarded gallantry awards and distinguished service awards in the service of the nation and several others in civil sphere have and still are immensely contributing to the nation owing to the patriotic feeling instilled in them during their formative years at Sainik School, Kunjpura.
- Antony to lay foundation stone of Sainik School today
- Sainik School, Kunjpura, celebrated its 46th Founder's day The Hindu, 1 September 2006
- edusainik.asp Sainik School, Kunjpura Karnal district official website.
- Budget bounty lifts spirits at Sainik schools The Economic Times, 5 March 2008
- Gen Kapoor, Hooda come together at their alma mater The Hindu, 25 July 2008
- SAINIK SCHOOL, KUNJUPURA CADETS BREAK ALL RECORDS Ministry of Defence, Press Information Bureau.
- Haryana school makes NDA history The Times of India, 5 March 2008.
- Lt. Col. Eric Joseph Simeon dead The Hindu, 16 May 2007. "After that Eric Joseph Simeon was the headmaster of the La Martiniere School for Boys, Calcutta (1967-1970); the Doon School, Dehra Dun (1970-79); and the Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay (1979-1986)."
- Schooled for life Indian Express, 2 June 2007.