The objective of the schools is to prepare the students to lead as officers in the Defence Services of the country. Along with the school students joining the armed forces, the alumni of Sainik Schools have excelled themselves in diverse walks of life. The schools selects bright and promising students through a national entrance examination and attempts to mould their overall personality with emphasis on extracurricular activities.
The Sainik Schools include an athletic track, cross-country track, indoor games,Parade ground , boxing ring, firing range, canoeing club, horse riding club, mountaineering club, trekking & hiking club, obstacles course, Football field , Cricket field and Basketball courts.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Late Pattom Thanu Pillai, chose Kazhakootam to be the venue for Sainik School in the early sixties and an area of of undulating terrain was acquired on a hillock, close to the National Highway. Presently of land is held. The school is situated 18 km away from Trivandrum city on the National Highway 47. The sprawling campus, nestled between the slender strands of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, is an ideal location for a military biased residential institution. The first-ever equestrian club of Kerala has been set up at the Trivandrum Sainik School. A full-fledged riding ring with horses and trainers has been set up to provide training in horse riding.
The school came into being on 20 Jan 1962, in a few barracks lent by the Army at Pangode, Trivandrum. At the inception a total of 120 students joined the school in Classes V, VI, VII and VIII. Six months later Class IX began with 12 students. Present strength is 628 Cadets. The Founder Principal was Lt Col BK Somaiah. The Headmaster was Sqn Ldr Babu Lal and the Registrar was Capt TVS Nair.
The Foundation Stone was laid by the Late VK Krishna Menon, Minister of Defence on 05 Feb 1962. Prof. JC Alexander of the Engineering College, Trivandrum, was the ace architect who gave shape to the beautiful Academic Block and Eleven Dormitories. The school shifted to Kazhakootam in 1964.
The light blue, dark blue and red stripes in the School Crest are symbolic of the three main arms of the Defence Services and the integrated concept of training in the initial stages.
“Gyan Anushasan Sahayog” (Knowledge, Discipline and Co-operation) purports to inculcate sterling qualities in young cadets.
Gradually, over period of time lot of additions were made – the junior block, the Infirmary, the cadets Mess, the Manekshaw Auditorium, the Simeon Squash Court, the swimming pool and then residential area for the staff and the boys. But the main building remained the ‘nerve center’ of the school with the administrative block, senior classrooms, computer cum conference room, library, general knowledge room and staff room etc in its vicinity.
Schools of neglect ; The Centre doles out Rs 44 crore for Sainik Schools as it hunts for defence officers but has not addressed the main issue of ownership and inadequate support from the states.
Mar 17, 2008; Dangerous zone. Building declared unsafe. Keep five metres away. Do not enter the building, the red signboard, in a corridor...