The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti is an Autonomous Organization under the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, which has been set up to establish & manage co-educational, residential school covering classes VI to XII known as Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.
The National Policy on Education 1986 envisaged establishment of a Navodaya Vidyalaya in each District of the country. The first two schools were started in 1985-86 on experimental basis. The number of schools has now grown to 575 spread over 34 Union States and Union Territories. Out of these, 525 schools are functional. These schools have over 1.58 Lakhs students on rolls. Navodaya Vidyalayas are fully residential and co-educational schools covering classes VI to XII (for Students Welfare Fund Rs. 200 charged from students of classes IX to XII excluding girls BPL, ST./SC. Students). Education in the Vidyalayas is free for all enrolled students including lodging, boarding, text books, uniforms etc. The Vidyalayas seek to promote and develop talented, bright and gifted children predominantly from rural areas who may otherwise be denied good educational opportunities.
Updated on: [December 05, 2018]