Every year, many talented children in India fail to get elementary education due to the lack of facilities. With the aim of providing complete development and excellent education for such children, the government established Navodaya Vidyalayas.
Navodaya Vidyalaya Committee was founded under the National Education Policy in 1986 that envisioned setting up of residential schools called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) that would bring out the best of rural talent. Today, there are a total of 2,61,261 students in 628 Navodaya schools in the country. These schools are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The headquarters are in Delhi.
Free education and residential facilities
Navodaya Vidyalaya conducts entrance exams for class 6 each year. The entrance test is conducted for assessing intellectual capacity, quantitative aptitude, and comprehension of language.
Each school selects 80 children to whom free education and residential facilities are given up to Class 12. A minimum educational fee of Rs. 200 is taken from children of class 9 to 12 of the general caste.
77 percent of rural students
Navodaya schools were originally established for the all-round development of children belonging to rural and disadvantaged sections. According to Navodaya Vidyalaya Committee, almost 77 percent of the students in these schools come from rural areas. Among them, the number of SC students is approximately 25 percent and the number of ST students is 19 percent. The ratio of male to female students in these schools is approximately 60:40.
Efforts for all-round development
Navodaya Vidyalaya Committee is constantly working for the all-round development of the students.
In these schools, cultural events and various sports competitions are organized regularly. Navodaya Vidyalaya also organizes inter-school tournaments from time to time. Scouts and guides are also trained in these schools.
Students study three languages here
In addition to Hindi and English, students are taught a third language. The third language taught in Hindi speaking districts is linked to the migration of students. This is a great way to bridge the country’s linguistic classification.
State Government provides 30 acres of land
The decision to open new Navodaya Vidyalayas is based on the proposal of the State Government that besides providing about 30 acres of land to the Vidyalaya free of cost, arranges a suitable temporary house to run school till the construction of the permanent building is not completed.
HRD Minister is the Chairman of the Committee
Navodaya Vidyalayas are managed by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti that falls under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The President of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Committee is the Human Resource Development minister.
This committee works under the chairmanship of the Human Resource Development minister through an executive committee. This executive committee is liable to manage all the functions of the committee including fund allotment. It has the right to use all the powers of the committee.
Government of India provides financial assistance
The budget for Navodaya schools is made available to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
According to the official website of the committee, a financial aid grant of Rs. 2619.57 crores was made available to the committee by the HRD ministry for the session 2016-17.
Navodaya Vidyalaya is considered as one of the best schemes of the government. This scheme has been an important contributor to the educational aspects of rural talent.
Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti is currently running 660 schools out of which 628 schools are functioning smoothly and others are under construction. The aim of Navodaya Vidyalayas is to provide education to talented rural children along with the integration of social values, environmental awareness, adventure activities, and physical education.
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