HRD minister okays increase of 5,000 seats in JNVs

HRD minister okays increase of 5,000 seats in JNVs

Lucknow: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. PTI Photo

Human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday announced the government's approval to increase 5,000 seats in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) for the academic year 2019-20.

“This is a step in the right direction. This is the biggest-ever expansion of quality education for rural students. This unprecedented expansion of JNVs, nearly free of cost residential schools, will provide more opportunity for talented children from rural areas to get quality education,’ he said in a statement.

The move comes ahead of the Lok Sabha polls due in the next few months.

“In the last four years there had been an addition of 9,000 seats and with the addition of 5,000 seats, the total number of seats added to JNVs by the government in five years will be 14,000,” the HRD minister said.

At present the number of seats in the JNVs is 46,600.

The JNVs are residential schools, primarily meant to cater to the educational needs of children living in rural areas. 

Students are admitted to the JNVs on the basis of their performance in an entrance test and other pre-requisites.

As many as 31.10-lakh students have registered for the entrance examination to be held for admission this year.