Sainik School Rewa, part of the 33 Sainik schools across India, is a fully residential, English-medium institution. Founded on July 20, 1962, at Yuvrraj Bhawan, formerly belonging to Maharaja Martand Singh, Yuvraj of the princely state of Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, the school’s primary objective is to prepare young boys for entry into the Indian Armed Forces.
Affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education, the school has produced approximately 950 officers and holds membership in the Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC). It plays a pivotal role in grooming boys for the National Defense Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasla, Pune, and the Indian Naval Academy (INA). Notably, a second Sainik School is set to open in Malanpur, Bhind, Madhya Pradesh.
The choice of Rewa as the inaugural location for a Sainik School in Madhya Pradesh holds historical significance. Historian Azad Khan reveals that Yuvraj Bhawan, the school’s initial site, was constructed by Raja Gulab Singh for Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa at a cost of Rs 3.47 lakh. The intricate carving details of the Bhawan further added to its allure.
Maharaja Martand Singh’s generous contribution of Yuvraj Bhawan and the adjoining 275 acres of land at no cost to the government stemmed from a wish by the Maharaja of Gwalior to have the Sainik School established in Gwalior. This noble act paved the way for the school’s establishment in Rewa.
Sainik School Rewa gained national attention, offering military and aviation training. Notably, every year, a substantial number of students from the school secure placements in the National Defense Academy (NDA). Since 2021, the school has also welcomed female students, marking a progressive step towards gender inclusivity in military education.