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Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti

The National Policy on Education - 1986 (External website that opens in a new window) envisaged setting up of model school, one in each district of the Country. Accordingly, a scheme was formulated under which it was decided to set-up co-educational residential schools (now called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas).

Navodaya Vidyalayas (External website that opens in a new window) are fully residential co-educational institutions providing education up to senior secondary stage. The scheme, which started with only two schools on experimental basis in 1985-86, has grown to 565 schools (as on 31 March 2007) covering as many districts in 34 States/UTs, with over 1.93 lakh students on rolls as on 31 March 2007. More than 30,000 new students are admitted every year.

The Vidyalayas envisaged a new style of growth with identification and development of talented, bright and gifted children predominantly from rural areas who may otherwise be denied good educational opportunities. Efforts are made to ensure that at least 33 per cent of the students enrolled are girls.

Migration is a unique feature of Navodaya Vidyalayas scheme whereby 30 per cent of students of Class IX from a Vidyalaya located in Hindi speaking area spend one academic year in a Vidyalaya located in Non-Hindi speaking area and vice-versa to promote national integration through understanding of the diversity and plurality of country's people, their language and culture.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 19-01-2011