Dakshina Kannada: The Indraprastha School in Uppinangady town of Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka, has introduced a separate 'water bell' to urge students to drink water frequently. The objective is to make students drink enough water every day.

The principal of Indraprastha, Vidyalaya Jose MJ, said the decision of a separate 'water bell' was introduced as it has been observed that as the temperature of the environment rises, several health complications like stomach pain and drowsiness occur with students not drinking enough water.

He further stated that parents had been complaining for a long time claiming that students were returning home with full water bottles and have been suffering from various health problems. "There was no mechanism to ensure that students were drinking enough water, so we have introduced a separate 'break' where the students drink water in the presence of their teachers. Since its introduction, we have had a very positive report from the parents and teachers," he added.
 According to Jose MJ, health complications have reduced and students have now developed a habit of drinking water. The water bell rings thrice in a day, at 10:35 AM in the morning, at noon, and at 2 PM in the afternoon.
 USA Nayak, chairman of Indraprastha Vidyalaya, said, "There were many complaints from teachers and parents regarding the issue. Teachers would often say that children would constantly go out of the classroom complaining of stomach pain."
 "Since the introduction of a separate bell not only are the children reporting better health, but other schools in the state have started following the same procedure," he added. He further stated that the central government should make it mandatory for all school children to consume appropriate amount of water.  

With ANI inputs