Sainik School Satara, which has the distinction of being the first among the 24 Sainik Schools in the country, is all set to celebrate its golden jubilee on Wednesday.
The idea of establishing a chain of Sainik Schools in the country was conceived by former Defence Minister V K Krishna Menon.
"We are holding a small function in the school premises to mark the launch of Golden Jubilee celebrations. The main function is in October and is expected to be attended by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. We are inviting President Pratibha Patil for the concluding function next year," Principal Colonel V N
Chaturvedi said over phone.
The school is spread over 115 acres. The main school building is a modern structure with a large gymnasium hall. It houses class rooms, well equipped laboratories, a well stocked library and a multipurpose hall for various activities. The school has a well-maintained swimming pool and an auditorium cum cinema theatre.
The school has Classes VI to XII and is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. The school strength is 650 students who are prepared for entry to the prestigious National Defence Academy. So far, 605 students have joined the NDA and around 200 others have joined the armed forces as officers after passing out.
The school is managed by the Sainik Schools Society under the Ministry of Defence. The Society's Board of Governors is headed by the Defence Minister. Alumni of the Satara school include Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik and actor-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan.