Organisational Set Up


The Sainik Schools are managed by Sainik School Society registered under the Society Registration Act (XXI of 1860) under the aegis of Ministry of Defence, Government of India, New Delhi. Organisational set up of Sainik Schools Society is as under:-








All Sainik Schools


A Board of Governors, functioning under the Chairmanship of the Raksha Mantri, is the Chief Executive body of the Sainik Schools Society. The Board of Governors meets as often as is considered necessary by the Chairman. Each school has a Local Board of Administration for overseeing the functioning of the school and its finances. The Chief Ministers or the Education Ministers of the States in which the Schools are located, are among the members of the Board of Governors.

The overall administration, supervision and control of the Sainik Schools Society vests with a body called the Board of Governors, Sainik Schools. This Board will be constituted as indicated hereunder:-

Raksha Mantri Chairman
RRM / URM (Minister in charge of Sainik Schools in Ministry of Defence) Vice Chairman
Chief Ministers or Education Ministers of the States where the schools are established. Ex-Officio Member
Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Defence Ex-Officio Member
Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Education Ex-Officio Member
Financial Advisor, Ministry of Finance (Defence), Govt of India Ex-Officio Member
Chairman, University Grants Commission Ex-Officio Member
Vice Chiefs of Staff or the PSOs dealing with Education in the three Defence Services. Ex-Officio Member
Director General, NCC Ex-Officio Member
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence Ex-Officio Member
Chairman, Joint Training Committee, Armed Forces, Headquarters Ex-Officio Member
Education Secretary of each State Government Ex-Officio Member
Four eminent educationists nominated by the Chairman. Nominated Members
Four eminent persons nominated by the Chairman. Nominated Members

Executive Committee:

With a view to exercise closer control and supervision over the affairs of Sainik Schools, there is an Executive Committee under the Chairmanship of Defence Secretary. The Committee meets at least twice a year.

(a) Defence Secretary Chairman
(b) Financial Advisor, Defence Services Member
(c) Additional Advisor, Defence Services Member
(d) Joint Secretary (G) Member
(e) Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Education & Culture concerned with school education. Member
(f) Three representatives from the State Governments where Sainik Schools are functioning. Member
(g) Honorary Secretary Sainik Schools Society Member Secretary

The day to day work of the Society is managed by Dir (Trg) & Hony Secy who is assisted by Inspecting Officers, Under Secretary, Sainik Schools Society and SO(Sainik School Cell).


Historical Background: The first decade after independence was a traumatic one. The wounds of partition, communal holocaust, resettlement of millions of refugees, integration of the five hundred and odd native states, the clamour of linguistic reorganization - these were but a few of the daunting problems. The compulsive hostility of Pakistan, souring of the once friendly ties with China, turbulence in the North-East and a vast coastline highlighted the necessity of a nationally representative, sizeable and well-equipped Army, Navy and Air-Force.

Prior to the Government of India Act of 1935 and the acute demands of World War II, the officer cadre of our armed forces was not open to our countrymen. Rare exceptions were granted to the scions of royalty and blue blood. Analysis of then existing officer cadre revealed a disturbing trend. It remained a monopoly of the so-called martial races and regions and alumni of the highly expensive and elitist public schools beyond the reach of all but a few. In short, our defence forces lacked a truly all-India image, character and ethos. The Indian Military Academy was in existence, therefore the setting up of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakvasla was but a logical step. The high levels of physical, mental and intellectual attainments needed for induction into the officer cadre could not be nurtured in the common schools mainly because of the lack of infrastructural facilities. A laissez-faire policy to leave it to the already existing, posh public schools would have been grossly unfair to the bright young children all over the country, for whom education in a public school was nothing but a dream. All these reasons prompted the then Raksha Mantri Shri V K Krishna Menon to envisage a chain of Sainik Schools with at least one in each State to serve as feeders to the NDA. Further, they would act as role models and influence other schools by their example and performance towards a paradigm shift in objectives of school education, as in the pre-independence years and to some extent even today, our education system is syllabus-examination oriented and not aimed at all-round development and enhancement of competitive skills.

Set-up of SSS: An officer of the Ministry of Defence, nominated to supervise and co-ordinate the functioning of the Sainik Schools, functions as the Honorary Secretary of the Sainik Schools Society.

The Honorary Secretary is assisted by officers and staff of the Ministry of Defence including two Inspecting Officers of the rank of Colonel or equivalent and in the absence of Honorary Secretary, an officer, not below the rank of Under Secretary, disposes-off only urgent work on behalf of the Honorary Secretary. The office staff is also provided by the Ministry of Defence