After Sainik Schools and NDA, girls now set to join Military College

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued orders for granting admission to girls in the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), an Inter-Services Institute for boys situated in Doon Valley, Dehradun.

Though the Centre pleaded that the implementation of the order be delayed for one academic year, the apex court bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul declined to accept the government’s request.

The Supreme Court order specifically directs that girls should be allowed to take the entrance exams to be held on December 18.The court also directed the Centre to issue a fresh notification in this regard.

The entrance exam is for the admission of the new batch starting from next June.

The Supreme Court intervention in Military College comes close on the heels of its orders to allow admissions to girls in the National Defence Academy (NDA), the joint defence service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces.

Recently, the sole Sainik School in Kerala, located at Kazhakootam, admitted its first batch of girl students. . This followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement during the 75th Independence Day speech that all the 33 Sainik schools will ensure admission of girl cadets from the current academic year onwards.

In 2018 Sainik School, Chhingchhip, Mizoram, became the first in the country to admit girl cadets. In 2016 the Rajasthan High Court had directed the Union government to consider admitting girls in Sainik and military schools and directed school authorities to accept applications from girls.

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