Delhi: In a bid to have more women officers in
defence forces, the government is set to approve an exclusive
Sainik (military) School for girls. Madhya Pradesh may host the
A defence ministry official told IANS that the proposal for the
school, under the auspices of the Army Educational Corps, is "at a
mature stage" and it could help encourage girls to aspire for a
career in the armed forces.
"A proposal from the Madhya Pradesh government to allot land in
Sagar district and to host the girls Sainik School has reached
us," the official said here.
"Since the process involves a lot of financial approvals, it may
take three to four years before the school starts. First, we will
get the land transferred from the state government to the defence
ministry and then the school infrastructure will be developed,"
the official said.
Sainik Schools Society, hitherto an exclusive boys educational
institutions organisation, were established in 1961 as a joint
venture of the central and state governments.
Its objective is to bring quality public school education to the
common man, besides removing regional imbalance in the officers'
cadre of the armed forces, according to a parliamentary committee
report submitted to the Lok Sabha recently.
There are 24 such schools in India now. Joining National Cadet
Corps (NCC) is compulsory for their students up to Class 12.
"Though there are no shortages in the number of women officers in
the armed forces, the school is an idea whose time has come," the
Of the total 5,137 women short service commission officers, 4,101
are in the army, 784 in the air force and 252 in the navy.
These apart, there are permanent commissioned officers in the
army's medical and dental corps and their equivalents in the navy
and air force, apart from those in the military nursing services.
Women officers in the Indian Army serve in supporting roles such
as ordnance, signals, supply and electronic and mechanical
In the Indian Air Force, women serve in all streams except as
fighter pilots. In the Navy too, they serve in all the streams but
can't be posted on board ships and submarines that go out to sea.
The women are usually recruited in short service up to 14 years,
but the government has a couple of years ago decided to offer them
permanent commission in select streams such as education, legal
and other support services of the armed forces.