Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme (Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti)

Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme: As per the policy of the Indian Government, one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is to be established in each district of all States of India. Accordingly, Navodaya Vidyalayas have been sanctioned in 29 state districts.

 Each Vidyalaya has provision for a full-fledged campus with sufficient buildings for classrooms, dormitories, staff quarters, dining hall and other infrastructural facilities and also playgrounds, workshops, libraries, and labs, etc.  

5,000 new seats added for Navodaya school admissions: Union Human Resource Development Minister has announced the approval of an increase of 5,000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV).

At present, the number of seats in JNVs and residential schools for talented rural children, are 46,600. The addition of 5,000 seats will mean that 51,000 seats will be available from 2019-2020, the government said in a statement.  In the last four years, there was an addition of 9,000 seats. In the next four years, the government is likely to add 32,000 more seats, it said.

“This is a step in the right direction. This is the biggest-ever expansion of quality education for rural students. This unprecedented expansion of JNVs, nearly free of cost residential schools, will provide more opportunity for talented children from rural areas to get quality education,” Javadekar said.

Navodaya is the only education system in the country where students give entrance examination for admission into Class 6. In 2001, 5.50 lakh aspirants appeared for the exam. Over the years, the number of aspirants appearing for the exam has increased considerably. For the 2019 entrance test, 31.10 lakh students have registered.

The National Policy of Education1986 envisaged setting up of residential schools, to be called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas that would bring out the best of rural talent. It was felt that children with special talent or aptitude should be provided opportunities to progress at a faster pace by making education available to them irrespective of their urban counterparts on an equal footing. Its significance lies in the selection of talented rural children as the target group and the attempt to provide them with quality education comparable to the best in a residential school system.

Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti(NVS): Navodaya Vidyalayas are run by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti(NVS), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) of School Education and Literacy, Government of India. The Chairman of the Samiti is the Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development. The NVS has established 8 Regional Offices for the administration monitoring of Navodaya Vidyalayas under their jurisdiction. JNV Selection Test

In accordance with the National Policy of Education (1986) Government of India started Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs). Presently the JNVs are spread in 27 States and 7 Union Territories. These are co-educational residential schools fully financed and administered by the Government of India through an autonomous organization, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.

 Admissions in JNVs are made through the JAWAHAR NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA SELECTION TEST (JNVST) at Class VI. The medium of instruction in JNVs is the mother tongue or regional language up to Class VIII and English thereafter for Maths and Science and Hindi for Social Science. Students of the JNVs appear for X and XII class examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education.

While education in the schools is free including boarding, lodging, uniforms and textbooks, a nominal fee of Rs.200/- per month will have to be paid by the children from IX to XII class. However, children belonging to SC/ST, Girls and Physically Handicapped and from the families whose income is below the poverty line are exempted from payment of fees.

(i) To provide good quality modern education including a strong component of culture, inculcation of values, awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical education to the talented children predominantly from rural areas.
(ii) To ensure that students attain a reasonable level of competency in three languages.
(iii) To promote national integration through migration of students from Hindi to non-Hindi speaking State and vice-versa.
(iv) To serve in each district as focal point for improvement of quality of school education in general through sharing of experiences and facilities. State-wise Distribution of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

According to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme, one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is to be set up in each District in a phased manner.   At present, there are 598  (576+22**) Vidyalayas are sanctioned in 28 States and 07 Union Territories. Out of which 588(570+18) are functioning. The State-wise distribution of JNVs is as under:

AP and T State13+01Haryana20Nagaland11
Assam27+01Himachal Pradesh12Orissa30+01
Arunachal Pradesh16Jammu & Kashmir17+01Punjab20+01
Andaman & Nicobar Islands2Jharkhand22+02Pondicherry4
Delhi2Madhya Pradesh48+02Telangana09+01
Daman & Diu2Maharashtra32+01Uttar Pradesh70+01
Dadra & Nagar Haveli1Manipur09+02Uttarakhand13
Goa2Meghalaya07+01West Bengal17+01
Gujarat25+01Mizoram8Total 576+22**= 598

** Additional JNVs sanctioned for the Districts having a large concentration of SC/ST population. Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme

A maximum of eighty students are admitted in Class VI in each Vidyalaya, through a Selection Test subject to availability of suitable candidates. The Samiti reserves the right to reduce the seats to forty or to withhold result and/or withhold admission and/or conduct of JNVST in case adequate accommodation is not available.

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