NEW DELHI, JANUARY 7: The number of seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) will go up to 51,000 from the upcoming academic session, from existing 46,600. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has approved an increase of 5000.
The Government is planning to add 32,000 more seats in the next four years in JNVs. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that in the last four years there had been an addition of 9000 seats and with the addition of 5000 seats the total number of seats added to JNVs by the government in five years, will be 14000 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 quality education,” HRD Minister Javadekar said.
The HRD Minister said that the government is also actively considering setting up of a Navodaya Vidyalaya in each of the newly carved out districts in various States.
In the past decade, Navodaya Vidyalayas have 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.
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.