SAINIK SCHOOL KUNJPURA
Origin & History:
It was on 24 July 1961, that the huge mansion of Nawab of Kunjpura, the symbol of power and pelf of bygone days, which had earlier housed the prestigious Punjab Police Academy, was converted into a temple of learning by the then Defence Minister of India, Sh V.K. Krishna Menon; and Sainik School Kunjpura was born. The school is precisely located in Distt. Karnal that gets its name from the legendary character of Mahabharat, 'Karna'. The school stands majestically sprawled on 276 acres of land amidst nature's beauty - the lush green trees and emerald grounds.
Sainik School Kunjpura is one of the first five schools established by the Sainik Schools Society, New Delhi in 1961. Basically, Sainik Schools are boarding schools and presently there exist 25 such schools covering the length and breadth of the country. This school was founded by (Late) Shri V.K. Krishna Menon, the then Defence Minister of India, on 24th July, 1961. The school is situated off the G.T. Road, 8 km away from Karnal Town and 6 km away from ITI Chowk, Karnal. With each passing year, Sainik School Kunjpura has grown from strength to strength and the credit goes to the untiring efforts of its mentors and authorities. The school has given to the nation some brilliant and proud officers, and shall keep striving to provide young brilliant officers to the Armed Forces of the country in years to come.
Sainik School Kunjpura is proud of its valiant sons, who have laid down their lives in the wider interest of the nation and also placed their state and alma-mater in a position of unmatched glory. The school is proud of Lt Vijay Pratap Singh, 2/Lt Navneet Swaraj, Maj Teja Singh Bedi, Lt Ram Prakash Roperia Ashok Chakra, Maj Rajiv Kumar Joon Shaurya Chakra and Ashok Chakra, Maj Mahender Singh Dahiya, Maj Sajjan Singh Gehlawat Shaurya Chakra and Maj Neeraj Malik Ashok Chakra, who have attained martyrdom after laying down their lives smilingly for the service of Mother Land.
The school was conceived with the motive of bringing public school education to the door step of the common man. The primary aim of the school is to prepare boys academically, mentally and physically for entry into the National Defence Academy. It enables boys from economically weaker sections of the society to take up an illustrious career as officers in the Armed Forces of the nation, and other celebrated professions. Thus, the school has aptly met the aims and objectives laid down by its ‘Founding Father’ and is proud recipient of annexing Raksha Mantri Trophy ‘seven times’.
The School is indeed rendering a yeoman service to the nation by providing quality education to the children from the myriad backgrounds. The school emphasizes a all-round development of the cadets so that they constantly strive hard to live up to the school motto “Siddhim Sannadh” i.e. “Ready to Accomplish”. Character building, dedication, patriotic outlook and esprit-de-corps are the qualities which are promoted by the school.
Sainik School Kunjpura is undoubtedly a premier institution standing true to its name and synonymous as “GATEWAY TO NDA”. So far, more than 800 cadets of the school have joined NDA and a large number of cadets have joined the forces through CDS and OTA. The school proudly boasts of 25 Generals and equivalent ranks in the Armed Forces.
The School Crest, The Motto & The School Song
The School Crest:
The School Crest or School Emblem came into being with the inception of Sainik School Kunjpura in 1961. It has a shield in its background, the alphabets “SSK” are embossed on it. These are the abbreviations for Sainik School Kunjpura. In the centre of the shield we have four stripes of Green, Red, Yellow and Blue representing the colors of the four houses i.e. Chillianwala, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Thaneshwar. The cadets are divided into four houses in order to inculcate the spirit of competition.
We have the school motto “Siddhim Sannadh” inscribed on the emblem, which means “Ready to Accomplish”. It aptly expresses an ideal of conduct appropriate to an educational institution of this kind. These words also appear in the School Song and keep echoing in the tender minds of young Kunjeans while preparing them to face the ordeals of life more resolutely.
Explanation of School Motto: "Ready to Accomplish"
(As explained by Sh Ram Ratan Sharma, former Hindi Teacher and composer of Hindi School Song)
The genesis of the School motto "Ready to Accomplish" was explained in length by Sh Ram Ratan Sharma, MA (Hindi), our former Hindi Teacher in one of the earlier editions of 'Grey-Kunj'. However, for the benefit of present day readers, it is again presented to you translated from the explanation by Sh Ram Ratan Sharma. The school motto is a combination of two words - "Siddhi" and "Sannadh" which has a very important significance in human life. Every mortal in his life-time strives for the accomplishment of "Siddhi" and is ever-ready for its attainment. If one falters from the path of righteousness, he is bound to suffer the pangs of defeat. The same thing is applicable to the life of a soldier and a student. In our school the students lead a life of a soldier. They have to constantly prove their mettle not only for discipline but also for mental, spiritual and physical dimensions for accomplishment of "Siddhi" in true sense. In order to keep them wide awaken for their goals, we have bestowed them with the gospel of "Siddhim Sannadh". The word "Sannadh" is in itself an epitome of a warrior with valour and armour standing upright in the battle-field. Hence, whenever the question of motto flashes on faces of the masses then its dimension becomes more extensive. India is struggling hard to achieve "Siddhi" in terms of development in all walks of life. Today, India needs such people who have a say in the affairs of the country and discharge their duties with utmost dedication. They should have high moral character and their feet should stand firm even in the times of adversity and they never stumble for petty vices. Our grand institution prepares such brilliant, dedicated and energetic vibrant cadets ready to serve their motherland with the sole motto of "Siddhim Sannadh", which means that they are ever-ready to serve their nation in its glory and adversity at all times.
The school has got a sanctioned strength of 625 Cadets (Boarders) from Class VI to XII.
Science Stream only (details are given under Academics menu). The academic session in all the schools commences on 01 April and ends on 31 March of the following year except for Sainik School Nagrota (J&K).
The school has got a state-of-the-art infrastructure, which is being discussed in detail in campus menu.
Total Area: 276 Acre.
Salient Features of Sainik Schools:
- These are fully residential schools run on public school lines. The schools provide all facilities for overall personality development. NCC is compulsory upto class-XII.
- They offer a common CBSE curriculum and the medium of instruction is English, though English is not a pre-requisite for admission.
- Most Sainik Schools are designed for 525 cadets from class-VI to XII. However, the strength of the school can vary after taking due permission of the Sainik School Society.
- These are financially self sustaining institutions and all expenditure on establishment, training and pension are met out of fee collected from the students.
- All schools have three service officers Principal, Headmaster and Registrar. Principals are of the rank of Col, Headmasters are of the rank of Lt Col and Registrars are Major. These may be of equivalent rank from the three services.
- Sainik Schools are supported by Central and State funding and committed to bring public school education to the common man and function as feeder institutions to the National Defence Academy.
Role of State Govt.
The entire capital expenditure on land and buildings is met by the respective State Govts who are also required to provide funds for maintenance of infrastructure and for new infrastructural projects. The State Gov. also award scholarships on merit cum means basis.
Role of Ministry of Defence in Sainik Schools:
(a) Ministry of Defence provides scholarships to wards of defence personnel including ex-servicemen. In addition Ministry of Defence provides central assistance to those students who are awarded state scholarships. The sharing of expenditure on fees/scholarships among Central Govt, State Govt and parents is decided by the BOG from time to time.
(b) With effect from financial year 2003-04, the Ministry of Defence has implemented a scheme under which burden of fee and dietary charges are being shared between the Ministry of Defence and the parents in the ratio 3:1. Under this scheme all boys studying in Sainik Schools get financial assistance of about Rs.9,000 – 10,000 every year. The scheme also provides incentive to boys who join the NDA by refunding the tuition fee paid earlier.
Unique Features of Sainik Schools:
A large country like ours would naturally have various types of schools, each following a different model of development of its students. It would be difficult and perhaps unnecessary, to replicate the ethos of one in the other. Sainik Schools are set apart from others.
The formidable infrastructure for academic and co-curricular development, the well equipped laboratories–separate for each science subject, induction of boys right from the junior classes into practical work and experimentation (as opposed to mere demonstration by the teachers) are the most enviable facilities without any doubt. Unlike most other schools where practical work is undertaken merely to pass the hurdle of the practical examinations at the Board level, in Sainik Schools learning by doing methods are followed throughout to inculcate an experimental and problem solving skills in the cadets. For the cadets in Sainik Schools laboratories are as familiar as their class rooms. Apart from the need to supplement theory, students are permitted and even encouraged, to undertake additional projects of their own choice.
There is complete academic freedom, subject to the day's tough schedule. Stress is laid not on learning by rote and on short term, though glamorous achievements like cent percent pass or the number of distinctions and first classes achieved by the school but rather on learning in-depth, for the most enduring success at higher levels and in various careers open to them. A follow-up of the track records of over forty thousand students who have passed out of the portals of Sainik Schools confirms the not-so-popularly held belief that lack of brilliance in the earlier years does not necessarily presage its continuity in later years and also vice-versa. Unlike ordinary schools and colleges, the Sainik Schools alumni are fairly active, have instituted many endowments, awards and trophies, many of them in the hallowed memory of their companions who laid down their lives in the service of the Motherland.
The tough schedule of work, beginning with PT in the early morning and concluding with studies in the dormitory fairly late in the night; optimum utilization of time and opportunities, as well as close contact with teachers, even outside the classrooms are admittedly too demanding for all in the beginning but the mind and body soon get attuned to the regimen. Pressure and tension in most cases bring out putative talents and gifts although it is true that a few of the entrants in Class VI get withdrawn or dropout. The same is true of new entrants to the faculty who join hoping for a cushy soft job with plenty of free time and holidays, as is common in the profession elsewhere.
A campus life totally free from linguistic, communal and social bias and is well insulated from the sordid strife and discord which bedevil student life outside.
The profusion of facilities for games, sports and even martial arts is not to make a few champions or to publicise success in inter-school tournaments, instead, it is to expose the cadets to team games like Football, Hockey, Cricket, Volleyball and Basketball so that constant practice would engender personality development and competitive abilities in so many ways–invaluable assets always at a premium for a successful career in the services. Schools also offer the advantage of training in Equestrian, Shooting and Swimming as well.
The obligatory NCC training, adventure courses, route marches, cross-country racing, ceremonial parades, pride in uniform and smart turn-out, the library habit, group discussions, debates, cultural activities–all these immensely help in personality development.
The true worth of any educational institution lies in the quality of the student-teacher interaction. It is indeed mutually beneficial–for the students in their pursuit of excellence and for the teachers in drawing out the best from each (teacher). This is further enhanced by a harmonious blending of the civilian and military ethos, perceptions and value systems. The filial affection cherished by the alumni for their alma mater and their mentors is in refreshing contrast from what is prevalent elsewhere.
An active alumni association has local chapters in most of the cities in the country and quite a few outside countries too. Every year there is a Reunion in the school campus. The Old Boys Association (OBA) has instituted many endowments, awards and trophies many of them in the hallowed memory of their compatriots lost in war. Gifts of books, games equipment and motivational material are all annual features.