Defence Minister Calls For Private Sector Participation In Opening New Sainik Schools

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday called for major participation of private sector in the central government’s initiative for expansion of Sainik schools in the country.

Speaking at a webinar, the minister said in order to expand women’s role in armed forces in the country, the central government has extended its approval to admission of girls in Sainik schools and set up 100 such schools.

With the opening of new Sainik Schools across the country, more girls can pursue their dream of serving the country by joining the Defence services. Besides, it will help reinforce the disciplined student strength and promote holistic development of school education, he added.

Stressing the role of the private sector in education, the minister said there is a need for a revolution in the education sector and it is possible if there is a strong collaboration of defence, education and private sector.

He further said the combination of ‘Raksha’ and ‘Shiksha’ in Sainik Schools plays an important role in nation-building. While ‘Sainik’ signifies unity, discipline and devotion, ‘School’ is the centre of education, he added.

Stating that quality education is one of 17 ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ adopted by the United Nations, Singh said the Centre is committed towards the goal and expanding the Sainik School network is one such initiative.

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