According to World Health Organisation (WHO) in a developing country like Bangladesh roughly 10 % of the population suffers from some type of disability. Family members of the Armed forces are no exception to that. A statistics suggests that in the Armed Forces there are more than 500 children who suffer from different types of disability. The schooling facilities for children with special needs are scarce in our country. It is even more difficult for the parents of military families because of their nature of job, frequent posting etc. Realising the difficulties of these families in bringing up their special children, the Patron of Sena Paribar Kallyan Shaimity (the spouse of the Chief of Army Staff) along with other ladies of Senior Officers wanted to build some facilities. They visited some of the special schools and centres both at home and abroad. Finally, an institute named "Sena Sahayok School" started its journey under Sena Paribar Kallayan Shamity since 18 July 2006. The then Chief of Army Staff inaugurated the centre at the same building where the Sena Poribar Kollyan Shamity is located.
With the growing number of students, it was felt that the centre should have its own infrastructure and the construction work for a separate complex started on the Armed Forces Day, i.e. 21 Nov 2008. Within only six months time the first step of a huge project was completed by the hard work of the team made responsible for the construction work. Finally, on 11 Jun 2009, the complex was inaugurated and shifted to its new site. For this beautiful architectural design and construction, all members related to the institute remain indebted to those who worked day and night to give it a shape as it is today. The students are much more comfortable in the new complex.
Considering the service requirement and frequent posting, it was felt that only a centre in Dhaka cannot serve the purpose because there are many children with special needs at different garrisons. There should be some scope to maintain the continuity of intervention. That is why three more centres were built in Chittagong, Jessore and Bogra which started functioning in 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively.
The institute was initially established for the children of defence personnel only and the name was Sena Sahayok School, now it is open for children from all communities and the name of the institute has been changed to “Proyash” which was formally declared by the Chief of Army Staff on 02 April 2010. “Proyash” is a Bengali word which means endeavour.