Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Thursday formally inaugurated the Mizoram Sainik School at Chhingchhip in Serchhip district about 78 km from the state capital. It is the 27th Sainik school in India and the fourth in the Northeast.
Inaugurating the much awaited Sainik school, Lal Thanhawla said initiatives had been taken for establishment of the Sainik school at Chhingchhip in 1998. However, the project was abandoned for ten years during the rule of the Mizo National Front (MNF) and it was in late 2008 that the project was revived by Congress government after it came to power.
He said that the inauguration of the Chhingchhip Sainik school after so many years of efforts is a major milestone for development of education and a remarkable development in the history of Mizoram.
He lauded the generosity of 60 landowners in Chhingchhip who donated land for the school without expecting anything in return and handed citations over to them.
He said that the newly inaugurated Sainik school was one of the important projects of the state government in creating a new world for the youth and added that the state government has been making relentless efforts to improve sports infrastructure, skill development, job placement for the youth and bringing quality education or export quality education.
Citing that Sainik schools train children not only to join the army, but also nurtures them to be good citizens. He said that students who passed out from Sainik schools not only join the army but also become instruments for bringing development in the country.
Lal Thanhawla recalled that before the Mizoram insurgency that broke out in 1966, there were a good number of Mizo officers in the Indian Army, while there were only three officers from neighbouring Manipur. Manipur has now produced more officers in the Army compared to Mizoram, he said.
He added that owing to the Mizo independence movement, there are anti-Indian sentiments and hostility towards the Indian Army among the Mizos, resulting in drastic decline of the number of youth joining the Indian Army. Such attitude has gradually died down by now and the number of young men joining the Indian Army has significantly come up in recent times, he said.
He also said that the state government had sent a proposal to the Ministry of Defence to give room for female students to study at the school.
Home Minister R. Lalzirliana, Parliamentary Secretary Lt. Col. (Rtd.) ZS Zuala, Parliamentary Secretary Joseph Lalhlimpuia, John Siamkunga, MLA and opposition MLA Er. Lalrinawma, Chief Information Commissioner Lalduhthlana Ralte and other officials from the central government and state education department attended the inaugural function.
The Construction of the Chhingchhip Sainik school began in March 2012 on 212 hectares of land donated by Chhingchhip villagers. Even though some physical works are yet to be completed, permission was given by the Ministry of Defence and Sainik School Society that inspected the school last year to start classes from the 2017-18 academic session. For the current session, 60 boys have been admitted for class VI. Upper classes would be opened year by year. Once completed, the school will be able to accommodate 600 students. Six teachers including three Mizos have been recruited.
The school was constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 crore from the 13th Finance Commission and Rs. 50.64 crore from Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR).