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Satellite link for army schools

Jalpaiguri, Dec. 23: Children studying in army schools in remote locations can in future take lessons from teachers across the country through the satellite system.

The 117 army schools and nine army public schools of the country are going to be linked via a V-SAT system soon. This was announced today at a meeting of the chairpersons and principals of the 21 army schools and one army public school under the Eastern Command. The meet was held at the headquarters of the 20th Mountain Division in the Binnaguri cantonment near here.

'There are many army schools that are located in remote areas,' said G.D. Bakshi, the major general in charge (administration) of Eastern Command. 'Children studying in these schools do not have access to coaching facilities apart from classes in school. Once the V-SAT system is introduced, they can take coaching through it from those teaching in different army schools across the country. This step is sure to help them in their studies.'

Schools under the Eastern Command provide education to 16,000 students while the countrywide figure stands at 1.3 lakh.

Army Welfare Society, which oversees all the 126 schools under the army, has also decided to tie up with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to create environment awareness among students.

'We have already decided to enter into a tie-up with WWF. We have held discussions with WWF representatives and are positive that the project will soon take shape,' said Bakshi.

'With the help of WWF, we plan to set up nature clubs in all the schools. These clubs will act as centres where students will be taught about how to preserve the environment,' Bakshi added.

S.S. Bhatia, the deputy general officer commanding of the 20th Mountain Division, was also present at the meeting. He said the society was trying to develop the infrastructure of army schools.

'We have environment parks in our cantonments where students can get acquainted with the rich and varied flora of each region. A tie-up with the WWF and the launching of V-SAT will prove to be beneficial to them,' Bhatia said.

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