The forum also requested to reserve a number of seats in the professional colleges run by the Army, Navy and the Air Force to Sainik School students

Representatives of the All Sainik School Parents Forum, a national-level forum of the parents of students of Sainik Schools, met Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju and chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence Satpal Maharaj, MP, in New Delhi on Friday and submitted a memorandum.

In the memorandum, the organisation requested the government to set up ‘Sainik professional colleges,’ besides providing grace marks to Sainik School students in CBSE examinations as they participated in various NCC camps.

Courses

The forum said that on an average only 15-20 per cent of the students got admission to the National Defence Academy, and a majority had to turn to other courses.

The forum also requested to reserve a number of seats in the professional colleges run by the Army, Navy and the Air Force to Sainik School students. The memorandum also had a suggestion to utilise the vast campus area of the schools for farming, which could be implemented jointly by the school management and the parent association of the respective schools. The annual general body meeting of the association in New Delhi also saw the installation of the new office-bearers of the forum. M.K.S. Nair, a member from Kazhakuttam Sainik school, was elected general secretary, and K.S. Bullar from Punjab was elected president.

Parent representatives from all Sainik Schools in the country participated in the meeting, a press release issued by the forum here said.