Government of India has sanctioned 20 new Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) in the districts where large population of SC and ST students are based. The HRD Minster Smriti Irani in Lok Sabha pointed out “Government has sanctioned 20 additional JNVs in the districts having large concentration of SC/ST population and two more JNVs in Manipur as a special case.”
During question hour the HRD minister spoke about the status of JNVs that were proposed to be opened under JNV scheme. According to the scheme it was planned that each of the 628 districts of the nation would get one JNV. Till date 576 districts in 35 states and UTs except Tamil Nadu has been located for the establishment of JNVs. Among the remaining 52 districts, six districts have no rural population and thus needs to be opened in the remaining districts.
She pointed out that the opening of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and JNVs in various part of the nation is a continuous process and it depends on the availability of funds and willingness of the concerned state government. She pointed out that the state should be willing to organize the land required for the schools to come up free of cost and should look after the construction of the school buildings. She also pointed out answering questions that there is currently no provision of increasing the number of seats in existing KVs, as the infrastructure present in these schools is being utilized properly at this moment.
During 2013-14 the government had approved opening of 54 new KVs around the nation of which 27 have been made functional. Irani concluded saying, “The remaining KVs have not been made functional so far, primarily due to non-transfer of requisite extent of land by the sponsoring authorities.”
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