Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has approved addition of 5,000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) from the Academic Year 2019-20, announced Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday.
Currently, the JNVs – Residential schools for talented rural children, are having around 46,600. The addition of 5,000 seats means the enrolment of over 51,000 students from the academic year 2019-20.
In the last four years, over 9,000 seats have been added and the addition of 5,000 seats from next year has taken the number to over 14,000 seats. In the next four years, the Government is likely to add 32,000 more seats.
“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 a quality education,” said HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Navodaya is the only education system in the country where students give entrance examination for admission to class six. In 2001, 5.50 lakh aspirants appeared for the entrance examination for admission to class 6. Over the years the number of aspirants appearing for the entrance examination has increased considerably. In 2019, 31.10 lakh students have registered for the entrance examination.
“This reflects the growing aspirations of rural children for acquiring quality education and the Government’s consistent effort to meet this aspiration, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the HRD Minister said.
“The Government is also actively considering setting up of a Navodaya Vidyalaya each in the newly carved out districts in various States,” the minister added.
In past five years, Navodaya Vidyalaya has consistently recorded a pass percentage of over 97 per cent in Class 10 and Class 12, of which 86% securing first division, which is far better than private schools and CBSE’s national average.