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KOZHIKODE: In an ambitious project to turn the 421 affiliated colleges under the Calicut University into healthier and greener campuses, the varsity has decided to implement a campus bicycle initiative under which it will provide bicycles free of cost to affiliated colleges.

The varsity had implemented the pilot project on the university campus by launching a bicycle sharing programme by offering 50 bicycles free to students early this year under the Green Campus initiative.

University vice-chancellor M Abdul Salam said that the varsity has decided to extend the project to affiliated colleges following the enthusiastic response it has received from the student community.

The project will be rolled out to 100 affiliated colleges in the next academic year in the first phase.

"We are planning to distribute 1,000 cycles to select colleges under the first phase of the project. The university is in the process of raising the funds for the initiative and have already submitted a project to the union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and are hopeful of receiving central funding. Also we are in talks with the MLAs in the districts falling under the varsity for including the project under their Local Area Development (LAD) scheme for raising the Rs 40 lakh needed for the first phase of the initiative," he said.

He said that the varsity aims to achieve three-fold benefits through the programme which include encouraging students to lead active and healthy lives apart from contributing to emission reduction and energy savings.

"The project aims to provide 50 cycles to each of the campuses which can be used by the students for commuting inside the campus, including between departments and to the library and bus stations. Apart from providing a safe, healthy and viable form of transportation, we also aim to make the students contribute in their own way to meet the growing environment and energy challenges faced by the country" he said.

And added that the project was part of the larger Green Campus Project which is currently being implemented on the campus.

The university had recently introduced s introduced a green campus award as part of promoting better environmental consciousness among the students.

Sharafu Pilakkal, General Secretary of the University Union said that the project was a welcome move from the part of university in terms of promoting environmental sustainability. "Cycling is the coolest mode of transport in many varsities in foreign countries and the project could mark the beginning of revival of cycling in our campuses as well," he said.