The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on November 23 approved opening of one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in each of the 62 uncovered districts with an outlay of Rs 2,871 crore.
As per an official statement, the states which will get these new JNVs are Chhattisgarh 11, Gujarat 8 and Delhi 7. J&K and Uttar Pradesh will also get 5 JNVs each. Several other states will also get these Central Government run schools.
The expenditure for this purpose during the 12th Plan will be Rs 109.53 crore with a spill over amount of Rs 2,761.56 crore from 2017-18 to 2024-25.
“These JNVs will provide good quality modern education to the talented children prominently from rural areas. It is expected that nearly 35,000 students will be benefited from these JNVs,” the statement said.
A full fledged Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya provide employment to 47 persons and accordingly 62 JNVs will provide direct permanent employment to 2914 individuals, it added.
As JNVs are residential and co-educational in nature, it is compulsory for all the staff and students to reside in the Vidyalaya campus.
As on date, there are 598 sanctioned JNVs in 576 districts spread across 35 States and Union Territories of which 591 are functional. At least 75 per cent of the seats in a district are filled by candidates selected from rural areas of the district.
Further, reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is provided in proportion to their population in the concerned district subject to the condition that in no district such reservation is less than the national reservation percentage (15 per cent for SC and 7.5 per cent for ST). One third of the total seats are reserved for girls, the statement added.