Chief minister Hemant Soren at the golden jubilee celebrations of Sainik School, Tilaiya, where he also felicitated (below) principal VK Bhat on Monday. Telegraph pictures
Hazaribagh, Sept. 16: Chief minister Hemant Soren today said he would like to see another Sainik School in Jharkhand, expressing his satisfaction over the “highly disciplined cadets” of the state’s lone such cradle.
Hemant, present at the closing ceremony of the cradle’s golden jubilee year, announced a Rs 12.5-crore grant for its infrastructure development, along with Rs 10 lakh for special coaching of Class XII cadets who would appear for the National Defence Academy examination.
“If we have another such school, the state can send more eligible youths to the armed forces,” Hemant said.
Accompanied by ministers Geetashree Oraon and Annapurna Devi, the chief minister reached the institute near picturesque Tilaiya Dam around 11am.
The VIPs went straight to Colonel Gaedock Stadium to witness the grand ceremonial parade, band performance and equestrian show.
After garlanding a portrait of the cradle’s founding principal LEG Smith, Hemant released the school magazine The Tilaiyan.
Later, addressing the audience, Hemant said he was impressed with the performance. “The parade made me feel that I was watching an army programme,” he said.
The chief minister added the school had brought laurels to the state and his government was ready to extend all possible help for the welfare of the school and students.
Talking about the overall condition of education in the state, Hemant promised the JMM-led coalition government would leave no stone unturned to make Jharkhand a educational hub.
His cabinet colleague and state human resource development minister Geetashree said the school was an example for others.
“The discipline that the school inculcates in the cadets is praiseworthy. This will help students achieve their goals in future,” she said.
State women and child welfare minister Annapurna, who won from Koderma, said she felt a special bond with this school and promised all possible help for its development.
The cadets organised a cultural programme for the chief minister and other guests.
Hemant distributed prizes among cadets for all-round performance and felicitated former teachers, including Z. Sayeed and A.K. Majumdar. Faculty member J.L. Das received posthumous honour.
Hemant also inaugurated a golden jubilee orchard on campus.
School principal Colonel V.K. Bhat thanked the guests. “This school was set up with the aim to remove regional imbalance in defence services,” he said.