Sainik School Kazhakootam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, is a residential school for boys under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, located approximately 18 km away from Thiruvananthapuram city beside National Highway 66.
The concept of Sainik Schools originated in the mind of late V.K. Krishna Menon, who was India's first Defence Minister from 1957 to 1962. The objective was to set up schools run on military lines, in each state of India, which would facilitate the grooming of bright young boys for intake into the National Defence Academy, thus, rectifying the regional and class imbalance in the officer cadre of the Indian Military. The high levels of physical and intellectual training and the state-of-the-art infrastructure help in moulding the young cadets physically and mentally, in turn transforming them into young men worthy of induction into the officer cadre of the Indian Armed Forces, or capable of excelling in their chosen civilian fields.
|Sainik School, Kazhakootam|
The School Crest
Run by the government of India
Gyan, Anushasan, Sahayog|
(Knowledge, Discipline, Co-operation)
|Founder||V.K. Krishna Menon|
|Principal||Col. V.K.S. Rawat|
|Grades||Classes VI - XII|
|Age||10 to 18|
|Campus size||225-acre (0.91 km2)|
Red, Navy blue, and Sky blue
|Affiliation||Ministry of Defence (India)|
The then Chief Minister of Kerala, late Pattom Thanu Pillai, chose Kazhakootam to be the location for Sainik School in the early 1960s, and an area of 300 acres (1.2 km2) of undulating terrain was acquired on a hillock near Kazhakootam, close to National Highway 66 and about 18km away from Thiruvananthapuram. The present land area of Sainik School campus is about 225 acres (0.91 km2). The campus is nestled between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, and serves as the ideal location for an institution of its nature.
Sainik School Kazhakootam started functioning in the barracks lent by the Indian Army at the army camp at Pangode, Thiruvananthapuram, on 20 January, 1962. The initial intake was to classes V, VI, VII, and, VIII, and the strength at inception was 120. This increased to 132 six months later, when admission to class XI was opened. The founder principal, headmaster, and registrar were Lt. Col. B.K. Somaiah, Sqn. Ldr. Babu Lal, and Capt. T.V.S. Nair, respectively.
The foundation stone of the new campus at Kazhakootam was laid by the then Defence Minister of India, V.K. Krishnamenon on 5 February, 1962. Prof. J.C. Alexander, a professor at the College of Engineering Trivandrum, designed the academic block, the 11 dormitories, and other associated infrastructure. The school shifted to the new campus in 1964.
The Red, Navy blue, and Sky blue stripes in the school crest are symbolic of the three arms of the Indian Defence Services. The letter S, for Sainik School, stands above the three stripes, and a steel gray band, with the word Kazhakootam inscribed in it, is present below the stripes. Below the main crest is a fluttering ribbon, carrying the School Motto: Gyaan, Anushasan, Sahyog, signifying three of the most valuable qualities expected of a Sainik School Cadet, namely, knowledge, discipline, and esprit-de-corps.
The flag, again, has horizontal stripes of the three School Colours, with the school crest at the centre.
The English, Hindi, and Malayalam school songs, and the Sanskrit prayer are sang in morning assemblies and on special occasions and functions. The English school song was composed by Mrs. Myrtle Jacob, a founding member of the English department of the school. Sam'gacchadhvam', the school Sanskrit prayer, is a verse taken from the Rigveda.
Sainik School, Kazhakootam, like the other Sainik Schools, is governed by Sainik Schools Society, which is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Sainik School, Lucknow, which is governed by the UP state government, is an exception. The society is heade by the board of governers, with the Union Defence Minister at the helm. The chief Ministers or Education Ministers are part of the councils of Sainik Schools in their respective states. Further, a senior defence officer chairs a local board of administration. The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, is in charge of Sainik School, Kazhakootam. The principal, who is the academic and administrative head of the institute, is appointed on deputation, and will be of a rank of Colonel or its equivalent from the Indian Navy, or the India Air Force. Vice Principal and Administrative Officer, who are again military officers of or equivalent to the ranks of Lt. Col. or Major, look after the academic and the administrative affairs respectively.
The first-ever equestrian club of Kerala has been set up at the school. A riding ring with horses and trainers has been set up.
Houses are divided into three categories, viz., Senior houses, Junior houses, and Sub-junior houses.
|10||V.K. Krishna Menon (VKKM)|
Presently, boys are admitted to class VI and IX only. All India Sainik Schools Entrance Examination (AISSEE), which are generally held on the first or second Sunday of January, are followed by personal interviews for the shortlisted candidates. Boys who are not under ten or over eleven years of age as on the first of July of the year of admission are eligible for class VI admission. The respective age limits for class IX are thirteen and fourteen.
For class VI admission, there will be two papers, viz., (i) Mathematical Knowledge Test & Language Ability Test and (ii) Intelligence Test, and the syllabus will be in line with that of class V CBSE syllabus. The test can be taken in English, Hindi, or Malayalam. For class IX admission the papers for written test are (i) Mathematics & Science and (ii) English and Social Studies, equivalent to class VIII CBSE syllabus. The class IX tests can be taken in only in English. Aspirants can appear for the tests at any of the five locations across Kerala (Namely, Sainik School Kazhakootam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, and Palakkad), Kavaratti, and in all other Sainik Schools in India.
The written tests will be followed by personal interviews for the selected candidates, held at selected locations in the state. The students who clear this stage appear for a medical test, which is the last stage of the admission procedure.
|Sl No.||Name||Roll No.||Batch||Remarks|
|1||Col. Neelakantan Jayachandran Nair||71||1971||Ashoka Chakra, Kirti Chakra|
|2||Rajeevnath||80||1967||Malayalam film director|
|3||2/Lt. Radhamohan Naresh||112||1967||1971 war Martyr|
|4||P. C. Thomas||167||1966||Ex-Member of Parliament|
|5||Brigadier G.K.B. Nair||220||1968||Noted for setting up the Indian mission in Afghanistan|
|6||Lt Gen. G.M. Nair||249||1968||Commander-in-Chief of the Kangra-based 9 Corps|
|7||Maj. G.S. Sateesh Chandran||447||1973||Sena Medal (Posthumous)|
|8||Rajeev Sadanandan||645||1975||Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Government of Kerala|
|9||Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P||823||1977||Vice Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy|
|10||Lt Gen. Sarath Chand||628||1979||Former Vice Chief of Army Staff|
|11||Flying officer M.P. Anil Kumar||1122||1981||Writer and Historian|
|13||Josy Joseph||2136||1991||Investigative journalist and author of Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India|
|14||Madhu Warrier||2438||1994||Malayalam film actor and producer|
|15||Capt. Radhakrishnan Nair Harshan||2776||1997||Ashoka Chakra (Posthumous)|
|16||Indrajith Sukumaran||3083||1997||Malayalam film actor|
|17||Prithviraj Sukumaran||3105||2000||Malayalam film actor|