Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya

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Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
JNV Logo.svg
All over India except state of Tamil Nadu
MottoPragyanam Brahma
Established1986; 33 years ago (1986)
FounderGovernment of India
School boardCBSE
GradesVI - XII
Number of students11,99,649 as of 31 Dec 2017[1]

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are a system of alternate schools for gifted students in India. They are run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi, an autonomous organization under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. JNVs are fully residential and co-educational schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi, with classes from VI to XII standard. JNVs are specifically tasked with finding talented children in rural areas of India and providing them with an education equivalent to the best residential school system, without regard to their families' socio-economic condition.[1]

The Navodaya Vidyalaya system is a unique experiment unparalleled in the annals of school education in India and elsewhere. Its significance lies in the selection of talented rural children as the target group and the attempt to provide them with quality education comparable to the best in a residential school system. Such children are found in all sections of society, and in all areas including the most backward.

JNVs exist all over India, with the exception of Tamil Nadu, where anti Hindi movements were widespread during past times.[2] There are approximately 598 JNVs across India as of 2015-16 academic year.[3]


The idea of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas conceived by former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.[4][5] The concept of opening a JNV in every district of India was born as a part of the National Policy on Education, 1986 with an aim of providing excellence coupled with social justice.[6] Subsequently, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) was registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.[6]

As per policy of the government, one JNV was to be established in each district of country. To start with, two Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were established during 1985–86, at Jhajjar (Haryana) and Amravati (Maharashtra).[6] As of the 2015-16 academic session, JNVs had been sanctioned for 576 districts. In addition, ten JNVs have been sanctioned in districts having a large population of ST population, ten in districts having a large concentration of SC population and two special JNVs in Manipur, bringing the total number of sanctioned JNVs to 598.[7] Out of these 591 JNVs are functional.[8] In November 2016, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the opening of one JNV in each of the 62 uncovered districts.[8] That will bring the total number of JNVs to 660 once operational.

Organisational structure[edit]

Navodaya Vidyalayas are run by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, Govt. of India. The Chairman of the Samiti is the Minister of Human Resource Development.[9][10]

The Samiti functions through the Executive Committee under the Chairmanship of the Minister of HRD. The Executive Committee is responsible for the management of all affairs including allocation of funds to the Samiti and has the authority to exercise all powers of Samiti. It is assisted by two sub-committees, the Finance Committee and Academic Advisory Committee.[10] The executive head of the administrative pyramid is the Commissioner who executes the policies laid down by the Samiti's Executive Committee. He/she is assisted at the Headquarters level by Joint Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners. The Samiti has established eight regional offices for the administration and monitoring of Navodaya Vidyalayas under their jurisdiction. These offices are headed by a deputy commissioner and assistant commissioners.[10]

For each JNV, there is a Vidyalaya Advisory Committee for assistance on matters of academics, infrastructure and other general activities and a Vidyalaya Management Committee for budget preparation, selection of ad-hoc teachers and proper functioning of the school.[9] Normally the district collector of the concerned district is the ex-officio chairman of school level committees with local educationists, public representatives and officers from the district as members. Some schools also have a Vidhyalaya Coordination Committee for looking after performance of academics.[9][10]

List of schools[edit]

At present, there are 598 functional residential schools, which are administrated, according to the following table, by eight regional offices located at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Pune and Shillong with jurisdiction over different states and UTs.[10]

List of JNV schools[10]
Regions (no. of JNVs) States/UTs (respective no. of JNVs) Prominent JNVs in state/UT
Bhopal (98) Madhya Pradesh (50) Bhopal, Ashok Nagar, Indore, Khurai, Rampura, Shyampur, Narsinghpur
Chhattisgarh (17) Raipur, Dongargarh, Basdei, Malhar, Korba, Kabirdham, Janjgir-Champa
Odisha (31) Bhubaneswar, Hadagarh, Bagudi, Belpada, Mundali, Narla, Rayagada
Chandigarh (52) Punjab (21) Patiala
Himachal Pradesh (12) Shimala, Theog
J&K (18) Srinagar, Doda
Hyderabad (73) Andhra Pradesh Pedavegi (West Godavari), Peddapuram, Prakasam, Valasapalle, Veleru

Vennelavalasa, Kiltampalem (vizianagaram), Kommadi (visakhapatnam)

Telangana (9) Vattem (Mahabubnagar), Nizamasagar, Warangal(Mamnoor)
Karnataka (28) Bangalore Urban, Shimoga, Kodagu, Gadag, Belgaum, Mandya , Raichur, Bagalkot, Bangalore Rural, Belagavi, BALLARI, Bidar, Bijapur, Chamarajnagar, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Davangare, Dharwad, YADAGERE, Hassan, Haveri, Kodagu, Chickballapura, Koppal, Mysore, South Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Tumkur, Udupi, Kalaburagi
Kerala (14) Kannur, Kasaragod, Kollam, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Trissur, Kottayam, Waynad, Trivandrum, Palakkad, Calicut, Alapuzha, Malappuram, Idukki,
Puducherry (4) Periyakalapet, Karaikal
A & N Islands (3) Middle Andaman
Lakshadweep (1) Lakshadweep
Jaipur (56) Rajasthan (34) Nagaur, Jaipur, Hindaun City, Churu, Jaswantpura, Jojawar, Mandaphia, sikar, Baran, Barmer, Jaisalmer, jodhpur bikaner
Haryana (20) Faridabad, JNV jhajjar
Delhi (2) JNV mungeshpur, JNV jaffarpur kalan
Lucknow (84) Uttar Pradesh (71) Kanpur, Kanpur Dehat, Amroha, Ballia, Bhogaon, Mirzapur, Sitapur, Barabanki, Sonbhadra, Chandauli, raebareli
Uttaranchal (13)
Patna (81) Bihar (39) Sheikhpura, Bihiya, Madhubani, West Champaran
Jharkhand (24) Deoghar, Hazaribagh, Ranchi, Sahibganj
West Bengal (18) Alipurduar, Bankura, Birbhum, Coochbehar, Hooghly, Paschim Bardhaman, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Dakshin Dinajpur, Uttar Dinajpur, Nadia
Pune (64) Maharashtra (33) Ahmednagar, Nashik, Thane, Akola, Satara,Bhusawal, Yavatmal, Amravati
Gujarat (26) Porbandar
Goa (2) Canacona, North goa
Daman & Diu (2) Dunetha, Bucharwada
Dadra & Nagar Haveli (1) Sili Dadra & Nagar,. Haveli
Shillong (90) Meghalaya (8) South Garo Hills
Manipur (11) Pfukhro Mao
Mizoram (8) Champhai
Arunachal Pradesh (16) Megdong
Nagaland (11) Mokokchung
Tripura (4) Dhalai, Dharmanagar North Tripura, Ramachandraghat Khowai West Tripura, Fulkumari South Tripura
Sikkim (4) North Sikkim, South Sikkim, West Sikkim, East Sikkim
Assam (28) Golaghat, Jorhat, Pailapool, Sontilla


Admission to Class VI of the JNVs requires qualification in the (JNVST), an entrance exam designed, developed and conducted by the CBSE.[11][12] JNVST for Class VI is conducted annually throughout the country to select the 80 most meritorious students for each JNV. It is conducted in three phases per year, depending upon the session structure in the specific state or union territory.[12][11] Candidates can apply for the test only once during their Class V.[11] Competition in the entrance exam can be gauged from fact that in JNVST 2015, a total of 1,878.15 thousand students appeared and 41.48 thousand students were selected (i.e. approx 2% pass percentage)[12][11] The test encompasses mental ability skills, mathematics, and regional language. The schools provide reservation as per NVS policy which encompasses reservation for ST and SC (but not OBC),[13] at least 75% selection of students from rural areas, maximum 25% from urban areas, fixed 33% for female students and 3% for disabled candidates.[11]

To compensate for attrition and optimally utilize seats, JNVST, developed by CBSE, is also conducted for admission to Class IX[12][11] and lateral admissions, based on merit in Class X, are made for Class XI.[11]

Campus of JNVs[edit]

These campuses are usually located in hinterlands possibly to provide a serene environment and due to the unavailability of land near urban centers.

Norms stipulate approx 30 acres (12.14 hectares) of land for each school to be provided free of cost by the state government. Normally a school has an academic block, residential blocks, play grounds and Rajiv Smriti Van. The academic block consistisof classrooms, library, laboratories, computer center and convention halls. Residential buildings are provided for students (usually separate hostels for boys and girls), faculty, and staff. Rajiv Smriti Van, in memory of former Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, is an integral part of all NVS campuses.[14]

Navodaya Leadership Institutes[edit]

Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has established Navodaya Leadership Institutes(NLIs) across India to impart training to new teachers of Navodaya schools and conduct trainining seminars for employees of JNVs. These NLIs carry out research related to education at JNVs and provide low cost solutions for use of technology in education.[15]

Academics at JNVs[edit]

JNVs have classes from VI to XII standard. A particular JNV usually provides two streams among Science, Arts and Commerce for Class XI and XII. JNVs are known for their academic excellence,[16] which can be attributed to their merit-based entrance test and unique climate provided for otherwise disadvantaged children,[17] and which is further proven by their performance at board examinations. More than half of JNVs have been equipped with smart classes. These schools regularly organize science congress and exhibitions to promote a research mindset.[18]

Three-language formula[edit]

To facilitate migration every JNV teaches three languages in class VI to Class IX.[19] These languages are grouped into A Level, B-I Level and B-II Level. The pattern followed in different categories of states is as shown in the table below. However, CBSE mandates for children to study two languages only. Therefore, students of each category of states appear for A Level and B-I level languages at CBSE examinations.[19]

Three-language formula at JNVs[19]
Category of state A Level language B-I Level language B-II Level language
Hindi Speaking Hindi English Regional language
Non-Hindi Speaking (excluding NE states) Regional language English Hindi
North-East States English Hindi Regional language

Board results[edit]

JNVs has consistently produced the best results in CBSE board examinations over the years.[20] In 2015-16 results, JNVs had a pass percentage of, 98.87% in Class X board exams[21] and 96.73% in Class XII board exams.[22] The pass percentage for JNVs has been higher than independent private schools, government schools and even Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Science Congress and exhibitions[edit]

The annual Science Congress is organized annually in collaboration with research institutes and institutes of national importance at regional level. Exhibitions are organized at school, cluster, regional and national level for physics, chemistry and maths.

Smart classes[edit]

Navodaya Vidyalayas in collaboration with Samsung India set up smart classes in 373 JNVs from 2013 to 2016.[23] A smart class is typically equipped with an interactive Smartboard, laptops/tablets, Wi-Fi connectivity and power backup. A smart class supplements regular lessons in mathematics, science social science, English, and Hindi to explain concepts in an engaging and interactive manner. Teachers are trained to use the equipment effectively.[24]

Social and cultural life[edit]

The social milieu of JNVs is defined by the mingling of different sections of society from various regions of India since these schools follow the affirmative action policy and have a policy for migration from different linguistic regions. Teachers, chosen from across the country, live in the same campus and interact with students on 24X7 basis leading to a familial feeling.[25] The life of a Navodiyan is enriched by extracurricular activities like sports, cultural activities and activities of youth organizations.


One of the important features of the JNV scheme is the Migration Programme wherein two linked JNVs of different linguistic categories exchange students between them.[17] The aim of the exchange program is to "promote national integration and enrich social content".[19] According to the scheme, a selected 30% of Class IX students are exchanged between two linked JNVs of different linguistic categories (generally between Hindi-speaking and non-Hindi-speaking states) for one year. During the migration period the three languages being taught to migrated students remain the same as in their parent JNV, but social and cultural exchanges are facilitated by their language learning in Class VI to IX.[19] Initially migration was envisaged for students from Class IX to Class XII; it was reduced to two years (Class IX and Class X) in 1991-92. Finally in 1996-97 it was confined to only Class IX students.[19]


JNVs give great emphasis to sports. The daily schedule allots at least two hours a day toward sports and other play activities. Each JNV provides facilities for handball, football, volleyball, basketball, kho-kho, badminton, kabaddi, hockey, and cricket. The campuses also provide a gymnasium and multi-purpose halls for indoor games like table tennis and chess. Inter-school competitions are held yearly at the cluster, regional, national, and SGFI (School Games Federation of India) level.

Cultural activities[edit]

Cultural activities are part of the JNV framework. Every school is provided with a music room and arts room. Inter-school competitions for dance, drama, debates, literature, etc. are yearly held at the cluster, regional and national level.

Scouting and Guiding, NCC and NSS[edit]

Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti is recognised as a state for Scouting and Guiding activities by the Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG). Navodaya students regularly participate in programmes of BSG. NCC is being introduced into the JNVs in a phased manner.[26] Similarly the National Service Scheme (NSS) is being introduced in a phased manner.

Emulation of the Navodaya Vidyalaya system[edit]

Emulating the concept of residential schools for talented children, Odisha State plans to set up one Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya (OAV) (literally "Odisha Model School") at each of 314 block headquarters.[27] 160 schools have already been launched.[28] These Adarsha Vidyalayas would be CBSE-affiliated fully residential schools, provide free education, and target talented students through an annual entrance examination. These would have Class VI through Class XII and each class would have 80 students. These schools would be administered through Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, a society registered under the Society Registration Act of Odisha.[29]

Notable alumni[edit]

While Navodaya Vidyalayas have only recently started functioning, they have produced alumni in almost every field including engineers,[30] doctors, chartered accountants, civil servants[31] and entrepreneurs.[32][33] Schooling seldom directly leads to these success stories but Navodaya Vidyalayas have played a critical role in their success considering their background.[34]

Notable alumni include:

See also[edit]


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