Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today announced the approval an increase of 5000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas for the Academic Year 2019-20. At present the number of seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, residential schools for talented rural children, are 46600. The addition of 5000 seats will mean availability of 51000 seats from AY 2019-20.
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 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) by the government in five years, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be 14000 seats. In the next four years, the government is likely to add 32000 more 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 Prakash Javadekar said.
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.
In the past five years Navodaya Vidyalaya 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.