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‘Army prep’ school named after former RSS chief to open in UP soon

UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2020 10:55 PM IST

A school named after a former Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief will prepare students to take entrance examinations and physical tests of the National Defence Academy, Naval Academy and other examinations for entry into the Indian Armed Forces, ‘besides training them to be good citizens who can contribute to the nation’s development’.

Named after RSS former chief Rajendra Singh aka Rajju Bhaiyya, who headed the Sangh from 1994-2000, Rajju Bhaiyya Sainik Vidya Mandir will start functioning from April in western Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district.

“The school will run on the pattern of Vidya Bharti institutions run by the RSS. The only objective of this institution is to prepare good citizens who can contribute to the nation’s development,” said Bholendra (who uses one name), a senior RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad functionary in Uttar Pradesh.

Initially, the school will enrol students for Class 6 only but it will later be upgraded up to Class 12. The school will be a completely residential institution. Work on the school is near completion at Khandwaya village in Bulandshahr, the home district of Rajju Bhaiyya who belonged to the neighbouring Banail village.

The school will be run by a trust – Rajpal Singh Jan Kalyan Seva Samiti – named after an ex-soldier who has donated 32 bighas of land for the institution. A former Indian Army officer, Colonel Shiv Pratap Singh, will head the school.

Senior RSS leaders said all infrastructure, including the school building, was ready and applications had been invited for the first batch of 160 students, who will be divided in four sections. Registrations will remain open till February 23 and the entrance examination will be held on March 1.

“Preparing students for the army will not be the only focus,” Bholendra said. It will have a dress code for both teachers and students. Students will have to wear dark-blue trousers and light-blue shirts.

For teachers, there will be grey trousers and white shirts. The school will reserve eight seats for the children of army personnel and other defence forces killed in the line of duty.

Apart from this, there will be no reservation of any kind in the school, which will follow the curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

“Applications will be invited from students for admission. Forms will also be available online for the convenience of parents. For entrance test, two centres, one each in New Delhi and Agra, will be set up,” said Shiv Kumar Saini, the school chairman.

Mahendra Pratap Singh, an RSS functionary who is caretaker of the school, said locals wanted a school in the name of the late RSS chief.

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