` 8 crore to Sainik School

 Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar has sanctioned Rs 8 crore towards infrastructure development of the Sainik School Kodagu.

This school is the second in Karnataka after Sainik school Bijapur and the 22nd school in a chain of 24 Sainik Schools in India.

The school was established on October 18, 2007 as per an MOA between Government of Karnataka and Sainik Schools Society (Delhi).

The MOA had envisaged completion of the infrastructural requirements of the school over a period of five years in three phases with the help of funds from Government of Karnataka.  However, as on date only the first phase comprising academic block, administration block, cadet dormitories and mess is nearing completion, owing to the slow flow of funds from the state.

Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs  Apachu Ranjan who is also a district-in-charge minister, in a recent visit to the School for the cadets’ investiture ceremony, had expressed his concern over the slow pace of the infrastructure project.

This had been a bone of contention for the parents whose wards are already in the 11th class and will be appearing in the UPSC exam next year, as the lack of appropriate training infrastructure will affect their selection to National Defense Academy/ Indian Naval Academy.

Apachu Ranjan along with the Principal of the school Capt(IN) MT Ramesh met the CM on November 6 and discussed the matter, drawing a parallel to the infrastructure of Sainik School Bijapur.

The funds sanctioned will now enable the school  to complete the first phase and kick-start the second phase of infrastructure development comprising play fields, multi-purpose training hall, parade ground, horse riding school, etc, encompassing the whole gamut towards extra/co-curricular activities of the cadets.

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