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HRD Minister approves addition of 5000 more seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has approved an increase of 5000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) for the Academic Year 2019-20.  The number of seats in JNVs, at present, total to around 46600.

Jan 8, 2019 12:40 IST
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The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on January 7, 2019 approved an increase of 5000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) for the Academic Year 2019-20.  

The number of seats in JNVs, at present, total to around 46600. The addition of 5000 seats will mean availability of 51000 seats from AY 2019-20. The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are residential schools for talented rural children.

Key Highlights

In the last four years, there had been an addition of 9000 seats and now with the addition of 5000 seats the total number of seats added to JNVs by the government in five years will be 14000 seats.

In the next four years, the government is likely to add 32000 more seats.

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 entrance examination for Class 6.  Over the years the number of aspirants appearing for the entrance examination has increased considerably.

For the 2019 entrance test, 31.10 lakh students have registered for the entrance examination.

Significance

This would be the biggest-ever expansion of quality education for rural students. The unprecedented expansion of JNVs will provide more opportunity for talented children from rural areas to get quality education.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV)

The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are fully residential schools managed and run by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The school system aims to provide good quality modern education to talented children from rural areas. 

The JNVs, which began as a unique experiment, are today unparalleled in the annals of school education in India and elsewhere. The schools have become a saviour for thousands of underprivileged children.

In the past five years, Navodaya Vidyalayas have consistently recorded a pass percentage of over 97 per cent in Class 10 and Class 12, of which 86 per cent securing first division, which is far better than private schools and CBSE’s national average.

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