Source: News Bharati English24 Nov 2016 11:37:52

New Delhi, November 24: Setting up of one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in each of the 62 uncovered districts with an expenditure of around Rs.2,871 crore has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. These JNVs aim to provide good quality modern education to the talented children prominently from rural areas.
A fully fledged Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya provide employment to 47 persons and accordingly 62 JNVs will provide direct permanent employment to 2914 individuals. 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. It is expected that nearly 35,000 students will be benefitted from these JNVs.

As JNVs are residential and co-educational in nature, it is mandatory for all the staff and students to reside in the Vidyalaya campus.  Due to its residential nature, each JNV will generate opportunities to the local vendors for supply of essential commodities such as food, consumables, furniture, teaching material etc. It will also create large opportunity for local service providers such as barber, tailor cobbler, manpower for housekeeping and security services etc.

The uncovered states in the country where new JNVs will be opened include Andaman & Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya.

Till date there are 598 sanctioned JNVs in 576 districts spread across 35 States / Union Territories.  Out of these, 591 are functional.  Each JNV has classes from VI to XII with a sanctioned strength of 80 students per class and total strength of 560 students. Admissions to JNVs in class VI are done through an entrance examination. 

At least 75% 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 -15% for SC and 7.5% for ST.  One third of the total seats are reserved for girls.