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To provide good quality modern
education to the talented children predominantly from the rural
areas, without regard to their family's socio-economic
To ensure that all students of
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas attain a reasonable level of
competence in three languages as envisaged in the Three Language
To serve, in each district, as
focal points for improvements in quality of school education in
general through sharing of experiences and facilities
The Navodaya Vidyalaya System
is a unique experiment unparalleled in the annals of school
education in India and elsewhere. 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. such children are found in all
sections of society, and in all areas including the most - backward.
But, so far, good quality education has been available only to
well-to-do sections of society, and the poor have been left out. It
was felt that children with special talent or aptitude should be
provided opportunities to proceed at a faster pace, by making good
quality education available to them, irrespective of their capacity
to pay for it.
These talented children otherwise would have been
deprived of quality modern education traditionally available only in
the urban areas. Such education would enable students from rural
areas to compete with their urban counterparts on an equal footing.
TheNational Policy on
the setting up of residential schools, to be called Jawahar Navodaya
Vidyalayas that would bring out the best of rural talent.
JNVST: Entrance on the basis of Merit
Navodaya Vidyalayas draw their student strength from
talented children, selected on the basis of a the merit test, called
the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test, designed, developed
and conducted by NCERT initially and now, by the CSSE. The test is
held annually on All India basis and at block and district levels.
It is objective, class neutral and is so designed as to ensure that
rural children are not at disadvantage.
Reservation for Rural, S.C., S.T. and Girl
Admissions in Jawahar Novodaya
Vidyalayas primarily for children from the rural areas, with
provision of 75% seats for rural children. Seats are reserved for
children from the SC and ST communities in proportion to their
population in the district but not less than the national average.
1/3 of the seats are for girl students. 3% of the seats are for
Co-educational Residential Schools with Free
Navodaya Vidyalayas offer free education to talented
children from Class-VI to XII. Navodaya Vidyalayas are affiliated to
the CBSE. Entry to a Navodaya Vidyalaya is in Class-VI only. Each
Navodaya Vidyalaya is a coeducational residential institution
providing free boarding and lodging, expenses on uniforms, text
books, stationery, to and from rail and bus fare. However, a nominal
fee @ Rs. 200/= per month is charged from students of Class IX to
XII. The students belonging to SC, ST, categories, girls disabled
students and children of the families below poverty line are
exempted from this fee.
Adherence to Three Language
The Regional Language is generally
the medium of instruction from Class-VI to VIII and from class l-XI
onwards, it is English for Science and Mathematics and Hindi for
Promotion of National Integration
Navodaya Vidyalayas aim at
inculcating values of national integration through migration scheme
though which the inter regional exchange of students between Hindi
and Non-Hindi speaking States and Vice-versa takes place for one
academic year. Efforts are made to promote better Understanding of
the unity in diversity and cultural heritage through various
Location of Jawahar Navodaya
Navodaya Vidyalayas are located
in rural areas across the country. The State Govt. is to offer
cost free land and rent free temporary buildings for the setting
up of a Navodaya Vidyalaya.