Sainik School in Tilaiya, Koderma
The best is always kept for the last. Sainik School in Tilaiya, Koderma, is no exception.
The cradle, celebrating its golden jubilee year, has invited chief minister Hemant Soren to grace the closing ceremony on Monday and the latter has given his consent.
Hemant is expected to reach the campus, near the picturesque Tilaiya Dam, around 10.30am. He will release a magazine, inspect a ceremonial parade and also enjoy an equestrian event.
State HRD minister Geetashree Oraon and her women and child welfare colleague Annapurna Devi too will grace the occasion.
Briefing mediapersons on the chief minister’s complete itinerary, school principal Colonel V.K. Bhat on Sunday said he would first lay a wreath at the War Memorial.
From there, Hemant will head for the parade and horse show on the main grounds. He will then attend a programme at the auditorium, where teachers and cadets will pay tribute to the cradle’s founding principal L.E.G. Smith. A cultural programme will also be staged for the chief minister.
Later, Hemant will distribute prizes among cadets who have excelled in academics and sports. He will felicitate some former teachers, including late J.L. Das, Z. Sayeed and A.K. Majumdar, who were honoured at the national level for their valuable contribution in the field of teaching.
Along with Bhat, headmaster Squadron Leader Shamin Akhtar and registrar Lieutenant Colonel Shambhu Saran are supervising preparations for the closing ceremony.
The golden jubilee celebrations of Sainik School had kicked off on September 15 last year with a grand ceremony.
The residential school had come into existence on September 16, 1963, with the objective to prepare boys academically, physically and mentally for the defence services, thanks to efforts of then chief minister of unified Bihar K.B. Sahay and founding principal Smith.