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The Welham Initiative
The Dehradun-based school has taken the lead in inculcating pride in the country’s military. Indeed, a laudable goal, writes SANJAY AGARWAL
Sanjay Agarwal

The Indian educational system has ignored Military History as a subject even though India has fought a series of endless wars starting from 1947-48, to the countless terrorist attacks that continue even today. These events have changed the history of our country and the destinies of its people.

One of the modest ways to bridge the gap and create awareness of our military history among the youth is to conduct Military History seminars in our schools. These seminars need not be competitive events; rather, they should be so designed so as to promote collaborative thinking and deliberation among students. The Welham Boys' School (WBS), Dehradun, has taken such a praiseworthy initiative by deciding to hold an annual Military History seminar. And it put the idea, conceived by Darshan Singh and Dr (Ms) Gurmeet Bindra, Chairman and Principal, WBS, respectively, and Shiv Kunal Verma, a military historian, author and documentary filmmaker, into shape in 2017.

The WBS has just hosted the third edition of the annual Military History Seminar on October 4-5, 2019. Having taken the initiative to expose their students to India's post-Independence history on a regular basis, the school has been inviting students across the country to also share the experience and expand their own horizons.

In the second Military History Seminar last year, syndicates comprising teams of five students each from a record 39 schools pan-India participated. ‘The Welham Initiative’ is a well-deserved sobriquet. For a school to take it upon themselves and conduct this event on an annual basis speaks volumes for its commitment towards nation-building.

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November 2019