New Delhi, 26 March 2022: The Government has approved the initiative of setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools in partnership with NGOs/Private Schools/State Governments in a graded manner class-wise, starting from Class 6 onwards, with an effort to cover as many States and UTs as possible, under the aegis of Sainik Schools Society, Ministry of Defence. Government of India will provide an annual support, on Merit-Cum-Means, of up to 50% fee (subject to an upper limit of Rs. 40,000/- per student per annum) for up to 50% of class strength (subject to an upper limit of 50 students per class per annum) for the approved school.

In so far as allocation of New Sainik Schools is concerned, a pro-rata distribution of 100 New Sainik Schools to various States/UTs has been done in proportion to the number of districts in that particular State/UT. The initiative is open to all NGOs/Private/State Government Schools who intend to apply. The application will be subject to approval based on meeting of qualifying requirements framed for the purpose and agreeing to the Rules & Regulations of New Sainik Schools in Partnership mode and signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with the Sainik Schools Society, and limited to the number of New Sainik Schools for that particular State/UT.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Shri Jual Oram and others in Lok Sabha on March 25, 2022.