Navodaya Vidyalayas were set up with the objective of providing good quality modern education to talented children particularly from rural areas. At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates selected from rural areas. Reservation for SC and ST students is in proportion to their population, subject to a minimum of national average of these categories.
2,53,931 students were on the rolls of Navodaya Vidyalayas at the end of the Academic Session 2016-17. The percentage of students belonging to SC/ST categories, in the Navodaya Vidyalayas is well above the national norms (15% SC & 7.5% ST). Thus the JNVs are serving rural students, specially girls, SC & ST students in excess of national average. This has also been appreciated by the Standing Committee of Parliament on Ministry of Human Resource Development.
|Number of Functional JNVs||595|
|No. of Students on Rolls||2,53,931|
|(As on 31.03.2017)|