Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General M M Naravane on Tuesday said there was a need to create greater awareness among the youth about the armed forces as a career option. General Naravane was speaking virtually at the silver jubilee function of Rani Laxmibai Mulinchi Sainiki Shala, a military-oriented school for girls run by the Maharashtra Education Society near Pune.
In its 25-year journey, the school has taught 2,000 girls starting with the first batch of only 40 girls and eventually growing the intake into 90 per year from all over Maharashtra. This special school is spread in 32 acres of land that was given by the government of Maharashtra with a special sanction right from the first day. Located under Mulshi tehsil, at Kasar-Amboli, just 25 km from Pune, the school is located as part of hill -top construction.
General Naravane pointed out that some regions are under-represented in the defense forces.
“We ensure that all the officers and soldiers, irrespective of gender, get equal opportunity to serve the nation and enhance their career prospects. Women officers are serving in the Indian Army with distinction and we have taken a number of steps to give them maximum exposure in challenging assignments,” said Gen Naravane.