Army Public Schools (APS) is a system of public schools established for imparting education to the children of the Indian armed forces personnel. With over 130 schools throughout the country, it is one of the largest chain of schools in India. It is controlled by the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES), which was established in 1983, has over the years established more than 135 Army public schools and 249 Army pre-primary schools across India, and also several institutions of higher education.