Students of Udinur Government Higher Secondary School in Kasaragod with their bicycles on the school premises Express News Service
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: This school in Kasaragod is not reinventing the wheel. Yet, it is imparting a valuable lesson that promises to keep the world going round. When the bell tolls at Udinur Government Higher Secondary School — to mark the start and end of its daily functioning — it is not greeted by frenzied activity of students being ushered in and out of its premises. Of its 1,348 pupils, around 990 regularly make their way to and from the school on bicycles — in a record of sorts.
At a recent World Environment Day event, the rows of bicycles parked neatly on the 13-acre lush campus rich in fruit-bearing trees, caught the attention of the chief guest, vigilance DySP V Balakrishnan. The former state biodiversity board member later took to social media to narrate the unique story of students and management promoting carbon neutrality. It helps that the area in and around the school, which falls under Trikaripur assembly constituency, is located on relatively flat terrain.
Although public transport is available on the route, it is not regular. Over the years students have relied on bicycles for their daily commute — and the activity has been enshrined in the institution’s core principles. Sradha Suresh, a 10th grader, says the daily cycling leaves her feeling refreshed and healthy.
“It’s great exercise. School authorities have provided us unique numbers and we know that 986 bicycles are registered. […]