The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are fully residential schools managed and run by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Recently, a news report had appeared in a leading newspaper regarding suicides by the students of JNVs over the last few years.
Taking cognizance of the incidents of suicides by the students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), the Ministry of Human Resource Development has now constituted a Task Force under the Chairmanship of Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Psychiatrist, with the approval of HRD Minister on 31st December, 2018 to go into the reasons of suicides reported in the JNVs since its inception with the following terms of reference-
(i) To look into the circumstances leading to the suicidal deaths of students residing in the hostels of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas residential schools;
(ii) To suggest ways and means to arrest the trend of suicides by students of JNVs.
Besides, the Ministry has sent a proposal to engage two full time counselors (one male and one female) in each of the 630 functional JNVs to the Department of Expenditure for approval.