KAPURTHALA, DECEMBER 2: Sainik School Kapurthala has a glorious past. It has rendered a yeoman service in the field of education to the nation in general and the people of Punjab in particular for the last five decades. The youth of the State, who are known for their diligence and love for adventure, have benefited immensely from its military- oriented education coupled with a high standard of discipline and vast array of co-curricular activities carried out for their all-round personality development.
Expressing these views while speaking on the historic occasion of Golden Jubilee Annual Celebrations of the Sainik School, the Punjab Governor, Mr. Shivraj V. Patil said that the school has commendable record of producing more than 750 distinguished officers for the Armed Forces and bagging the coveted Defence Minister’s Trophy for nine times including seven times in succession for sending maximum number of cadets to the National Defence Academy.
Appreciating the performance of the cadets and sincere efforts put in by the staff and the management of the School for imparting an excellent training to them, Mr. Patil said it was a a momentous occasion for all the Saikapians settled across the globe as their alma mater has completed five decades of its glorious existence and dedicated service to the nation and is marching steadily in its pursuit of excellence.
Mr. Patil said, we have to understand the purpose of life parents and teachers should mould the minds of the youth and create desire in their mind to also know about spiritual values and inner knowledge along with education.
Mr. Patil said today our society is facing numerous challenges. Evils like rampant corruption, communal discord and fast erosion of our age-old values are threatening the very basic fabric of our society. In such a scenario, the role of leading educational institutions like the Sainik Schools has become all the more important.
Exhorting students to face the challenges of the outside world with a positive attitude, Mr. Patil said that the focus of students in this competitive age should be to enhance their capabilities and confidence to achieve excellence through commitment, vision, determination and hard work. He said that we must utilize all resources available at our disposal to explore and develop the potential of our students by stretching their abilities through innovative programmes.
Lauding the number of effective steps have been initiated to improve living standard and training of the cadets. I am sure, with the dedicated efforts of the staff and hard work put in by the cadets, the School will scale still greater heights in the coming years.
Earlier, Mr. Patil placed a wreath at Saikap Smriti Sthal.
Mr. Patil also gave away prizes to cadet who excelled in different fields.
Mr. Patil also released silver trophy a replica of Sainik School.
Col. Satbir Singh, Principal of the School after his welcome address also presented a school report.
Religious songs play and Punjabi Folk Dance Bhangra was also performed by the students in a cultural programme.
Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Major General S.K. Aggarwal, Chairman Sainik School Management, Col. Satbir Singh, Principal and Commandor Rakesh Dhaal, Headmaster of the School.