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2018: Chhingchhip, Mizoram, takes the lead
In a welcome break from tradition, the Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram became the first in the country to admit girls into what had, till now, been a male bastion.
Sainik Schools were established as preparatory schools for entry into the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, Pune and the Indian Naval Academy. Both institutions have a history of not admitting women.
The precedent set by the Sainik School in Mizoramcould pave the way for a change in the rest of the institutions as well.
“History was created on June 4, when six girls joined the Sainik School Chhingchhip, Mizoram in Class VI along with 54 boys. It has now become the first school under the aegis of the Sainik School Society to induct girl cadets,” defence public relations officer Colonel C Konwer said.
He added, “On this history-making occasion, school principal Lt Col Inderjeet Singh welcomed the 2018-19 batch of 60 cadets, including six girls, who were handpicked after a rigorous selection process.”