Revoke caste based fee in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

Revoke caste based fee in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

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Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are the unique and unparalleled chain of secondary and senior secondary schools in the annals of school education in India and elsewhere. These are fully residential schools based on the gurukul system of education which do not allow any kind of discrimination among it's students including the discrimination of caste, gender, region, religion, mother tongue, poor or rich. Its significance lies in the selection of talented rural children as the target group and the attempt to provide them with quality education comparable to the best in a residential school system. Such children are found in all sections of society, and in all areas including the most backward and rural.

By and large, good quality education has been available only to well-to-do sections of society, and the poor have been left out. It was felt that children with special talent or aptitude should be provided opportunities to proceed at a faster pace, by making good quality education available to them, irrespective of their capacity to pay for it. These talented children otherwise would have been deprived of quality modern education traditionally available only in the urban areas.

Such education would enable students from rural areas to compete with their urban counterparts on an equal footing. The National Policy on Education-1986 envisaged the setting up of residential schools, called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas that would bring out the best of rural talent.

JNVs are governed by its apex body called Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Since the  inception of NVS and beginning of JNVs in 1985-86 across all the states of India, except Tamilanadu, JNVs are giving remarkably excellent and consistent results (CBSE) as compared to its primary competitor, Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and have produced it's alumni in every walk of life and profession. As per the available records, JNVs are annually producing 500 IITians, 600 doctors, 30-35 IAS/ IPS/ IRS, etc.

As part of policy education was free to all the enrolled students who were selected after national level entrance exam. In other words it was fellowship exam where fellowship was not paid in cash but schooling expenses were taken care of and all the students use to enjoy the national integrity and brotherhood since everyone was counted equal because no where money was involved.

Recently, NVS has come up with an absurd order to charge the frees based on the caste of the student and the profession of of the parents. Surprisingly, there are no such discrimination in fees in any school in the world and if it is implemented, it will defeat the very purpose of JNVs and will also imbibe the feelings discriminations of caste and rich and poor. And ultimately, it will divide the students on the lines of caste which is not good in national interest.

Thus, in interest of nation and national integrity, this order of NVS should be revoked with immediate effect.