SALIENT FEATURES OF NAVODAYA VIDYALAYAS
JNVST: Entrance on the basis of merit
Navodaya Vidyalayas draw their suddent strength from talented children, selected on the basis of a merit test, called the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test, designed, developed and conducted by NCERT initially and now, by the CBSE. 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 Students
Admissions in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas primarily for children from the rural areas, with provision of 75% seats for rural children. Seats are reserved for children from the S.C. and S.T. 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 disabled children.
Co-educational Residential Schools with Free-Education
Navodaya Vidyalayas offer free educaton 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 along with lateral entry into Class IX and XI. Each navodaya Vidyalaya is a co-educatonal residential institution providing free boarding and loadging, 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 for Vidyalaya Vikas Nidhi. The students belonging to S.C. S.T. categories, girls disabled students and children of the families below poverty line are exempted form this fee.
Adherence to Three Language Formula
The Regional Language is generally the medium of instruction from Class VI to VIII and from Class IX onwards, it is English for Science and Mathematics and Hindi for Humanities subjects.
Promotion of National Integration
Navodya Vidyalayas aim at inculcation values of national integration through migration scheme though which the inter regional exchange of students between Hindi and Non-Hindi speaking Sates 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 activities.
Location of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
Navodaya Vidyalayas are located in rural areas across the country. The State Government is to offer cost free land and rent free temporary buildings for the setting up of a Navodaya Vidyalaya.