Rashtriya Military School Ajmer

The School Museum

As mentioned earlier, the school museum is housed in heritage building No. 32, the erstwhile administrative block and Principal’s, office that occupies a pivotal location at the old main entrance of the school on Circular Road. The building retains its vintage look as a befitting museum of an institution that is over 88 years old. The establishment of the museum owes itself to the vision, untiring efforts and perseverance of Lt Col AK Tyagi, the then Principal; Col Virender Singh, Project Officer and Mr Raj Kumar Gupta, Asstt Master, presently the Master-in-Charge of the Museum. Restoration was carried out to ensure that the heritage building does not lose its epochal elegance. The museum was inaugurated on 27 August 2011 by Brig Manjeet Mehta, Commander, Jodhpur Sub Area and Chairman, Local Body of Administration.

Photographs, memorabilia and records, some from the school archives and some presented by alumni, have been very creatively and thoughtfully displayed in the museum. The museum has more than achieved its objective of taking the alumni ‘down memory lane’ and filling their hearts with pride and nostalgia. Equally, it has also achieved the objective of motivating young cadets and giving them a feel of life in the school during the last 88 years of its existence. In a short span, the museum has become a ‘must visit’ place on the itinerary of the alumni visiting the school.

The museum showcases the rich heritage and legacy of this great institution that has created a niche for itself in the domain of leadership training and academic excellence. Among the prized possessions of the museum are the ‘Sword of Honour’ presented by Col Surinder Singh Kahlon (1369/PP) awarded to him for being the Best All-Round Gentleman Cadet at the passing-out parade at the Indian Military Academy in Jun 1969. Also, on display are uniform, regalia, trophies, shields, and mementos of one of the most illustrious alumni, Lt Gen Sumer Singh, AVSM, who very magnanimously presented them during his farewell visit to the school on 11 May 2013 on the eve of his superannuation when he was COS, HQ SWC. Old photographs of the school infrastructure, activities, houses, batches and individual stalwarts adorning the walls of the museum perhaps arouse the maximum nostalgia and garner the concentrated attention of the alumni who are always keen to reminisce how they looked while in school. An often-heard comment is, “A lot of us stay in touch but it is impossible for us to get together under one roof. The museum is a good place to reminisce and revisit our past down memory lane to get that nostalgic feeling of being together once again.” The Visitors’ Book is slowly becoming a special item of the museum with nostalgic thoughts and remarks penned by the visiting stalwarts of the school.

The incumbent Principal, Lt Col Amit Dagar has taken a very keen interest in the maintenance and upkeep of the museum and has given it a much-needed face lift. It is abuzz with visitors and humming with activity especially during VIP visits and those of Old Boys and on annual days. So, should you visit the school, do take time out to visit the School Museum, an authentic miniature of the Rashtriya Military School Ajmer over the last nine decades!

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