girls in military schools: Girls can now get enrolled in defence ministry-run Rashtriya Indian Military College and Rashtriya Military Schools. These have so far been all-boys educational institutions. The development comes soon after Centre’s decision to allow girls to get admission to the National Defence Academy.
Here’s what all the government said in an affidavit
- There is a need for authorising additional vacancies along with other associated infrastructure and administrative support in Rashtriya Indian Military College
- This will be done in a phased manner.
- Girls will be allowed to appear in the all-India entrance examination to be conducted in June 2022, as per report.
- All states and Union Territories compete for an average 25 seats twice a year for Rashtriya Indian Military College.
The government said that in the first phase, the capacity will increase from 250 to 300 by inducting five girls every six months. The capacity will then increase from 250 to 300 by the induction of five girls every six months. The final expansion will take place by 2027.
Last month, Centre took a historic decision and told the Supreme Court that women can be admitted into the National Defence Academy (NDA) for permanent commission in all three sectors.
“The armed forces play an important role… but need to do more for gender equality in the forces. We want them to take a proactive approach themselves in ensuring gender equality rather than waiting for courts to intervene,” the apex court said during the hearing of a petition regarding women taking exams for NDA and the Naval Academy.
This momentous decision came after Supreme Court pulled up the government two months ago highlighting that there exists a mindset problem that encourages “gender discrimination.” In the same hearing, the court ordered for women to be allowed to sit for the NDA exam, which recruits for the army. Read more about it here.
In 2019, Rajnath Singh had approved a proposal for admission of female students in Sainik schools across the country.
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