Army Welfare Education Society
It was only when the Indian Army was born in its present form at the dawn of Indian independence that family life really took roots in India’s cantonments. To meet the requirement, Army Welfare Education Originisation (AWEO) was created under Adjutant General’s Branch. This organization was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 on 29 Apr 1983 as Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) being a statutory requirement for affiliation to CBSE. The Apex Body of AWES is the Board of Governors (BOG) with the Chief of Army Staff as the Patron-in-Chief and Army Commanders as Patrons. The day to day work, in pursuance of BOG directions, is carried out by an Executive Committee headed by the Adjutant General(AG) and a retired Officer appointed as full time secretary of AWES. This secretariat which started functioning under AG’s Branch as CW-9 later metamorphosed into the present day HQ AWES under a retired Major General as the MD.
1994 marks a milestone in the history of AWES. Late Gen BC Joshi, then COAS took a bold and far reaching decision to venture into professional education by initially setting up one Engineering and Medical College each. Unfortunately, in his lifetime, he could only see Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Pune to fruition. From that little seed sown in 1994, the College system has
grown to 12 Colleges including the late General’s dream college - Army College of Medical Sciences (ACMS), Delhi Cantt which opened in 2008. The others include Hotel Management and catering Technology, Management, Law, Dental Sciences, Education, Fashion Design and Nursing.