General V.K Singh COAS visits U.P Sainik School
U.P Sainik School, Lucknow was yet again the proud host of Gen V.K Singh PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff on 04 May 2011. This was the second visit of Gen Singh to the school since Dec, 2010. An impressive Guard Of Honour led by the school Captain Cadet Manvendra Singh was given to the Chief amidst a high profile gathering, consisting of Lt Gen V K Ahluwalia AVSM **, YSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Central Command, Lt Gen V K Chaturvedi, PVSM, AVSM, SM, DG (MP&PS), Vice Admiral Ganesh Mahadevan, AVSM, VSM, Vice Admiral Parasnath AVSM, VSM, Maj Gen V M Kalia SM GOC, Sub Area.
Gen V K Singh laid the foundation stone of the Late Capt Manoj Pandey, PVC auditorium on the occasion. Mrs Bharti Singh, President AWWA inaugurated the newly constructed academic block which was dedicated to Lt Col HRH Daniel, the founder Principal of the school.
An official briefing on the Mountaineering course cum Expedition was also conducted. The contingent comprising of 78 cadets of class XI and two teachers Mr Anilesh Kumar and Gaurav Joshi was flagged off by Gen V K Singh. The contingent successfully scaled the height of 19500 ft in Kugti Valley in Himanchal Pradesh . The cadets succeeded in scaling an unnamed peak at the heights from a, so far, un attempted route and made a record of scaling the peak in record time by such a large contingent consisting of 78 cadets and two teachers. He was happy to note that the New academic block equipped with latest technology has been dedicated to the school’s founder Principal Col HRH Daniel. He exhorted cadets to draw inspiration from the life of Col Daniel, become worthy citizens and join Defence forces in large numbers to serve their motherland.
Addressing the august gathering Lt Gen V K Chaturvedi said,” It is indeed an historic moment and the most memorable day as the inspiration was entirely given by the chief of the Army Staff to all of us to have new and improved infrastructure such as new Academic Block and the proposed Auditorium”. He expressed his gratitude for the benevolent act of Mr Shashank Shekhar Singh the cabinet secretary of UP, whose efforts in terms of allotting funds for the development of this institution.
In his address to the gathering, Gen V K Singh expressed his pleasure and a deep sense of satisfaction over the speedy progress of the school and conveyed his heartfelt thanks to the school administration. “There was an urgent need of a new and modern auditorium in the school which was felt by me when I came here last year in December, and the laying foundation of the same would be beneficial for the cadets of this school, Gen Singh said. According to Gen Singh the school is on the upswing and is good to see that school is doing well but at this moment it matters the most that cadets should do something for their betterment in the new and changed circumstances.