Govt 5000 additional seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
The HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the approval an increase of 5000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) for the Academic Year 2019-20. At present, the number of seats in JNVs, residential schools for talented rural children, is 46600. The addition of 5000 seats will mean availability of 51000 seats from AY 2019-20. The Navodaya Vidyalaya system, which began as a unique experiment, is today unparalleled in the annals of school education in India and elsewhere and have become passport out of poverty for thousands of underprivileged children. In the past five years, Navodaya Vidyalaya has consistently recorded a pass percentage of over 97 percent in Class 10 and Class 12, of which 86% securing first division, which is far better than private schools and CBSE’s national average.
- The increase in the number of seats was part of the government efforts to increase the access to quality education for the student, especially from rural areas.
- The time there has been an increase in the number of students applying for the exam to get enrolled in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. The number of applicants increased from 5.50 lakh aspirants in 2001 to 31.10 lakh aspirants in 2019.
- The increase in the number of applicants reflects the growing aspirations of rural children for acquiring quality education.
- Hence the government has increased the number of seats to provide more opportunity for talented children from rural areas to get a quality education in the nearly free of cost residential schools.