62 more Navodaya Vidhalayas to push quality rural education

Addressing the National Cultural Integration Meet of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government is committed to provide quality education in rural areas
62 more Navodaya Vidhalayas to push quality rural education

Hailing Virat Kohli, Indian Cricket team captain, for his talent, determination and dedication, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday asked children to follow in the footsteps of the Indian skipper to be successful.

Opening the National Cultural Integration Meet of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) in New Delhi, the Minister also asserted the Narendra Modi government’s commitment to providing quality education in rural areas.

“Kohli’s success has all been because of his talent, determination and dedication.These three are the key to success,” he emphasised.

Hailing the contribution of the JNVs in spreading education to rural areas, Javadekar said the Centre has sanctioned over 60 more such schools. “There are 594 JNVs in the country with 2.35 lakh students. The government has this year sanctioned 62 more JNVs. The government is committed towards providing quality education to all, this is one step towards that. We will continue to develop the educational infrastructure,” he added.

“The best thing about the JNVs is that 78 per cent of its students are from rural areas. While the number of girl students stands at 39 per cent, I think, that needs to be increased substantially,” Javadekar said.

Addressing the Meet, Union Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said that it was an “anomaly” that there was no quota for students belonging to OBC in his Ministry-run JNVs and that he believed it would be corrected in the near future.

In his speech, Javadekar clarified that the admission to JNVs is made through competitive exams and this year 22 lakh children had applied and 40,000 were selected. He said that while the provision for reservations for SCs is less, but in JNVs, 25 per cent of the children belong to these sections.

Even with regard to Scheduled Tribe (ST), while the provision of reservations are around seven per cent, the number of such students in JNVs is around 19 per cent. “These students did not come on (the basis of) caste, creed etc. They came on merit and also on the basis of provisions that if their number is more in a particular district,” Javadekar said.

He said that the difference between the SC, ST and General merit lists in JNVs is also not very much. “We should understand that the nature has not discriminated in imparting intelligence on the basis of caste. Everyone has intelligence and the important question is who gets opportunity and then who works hard,” Javadekar said, while emphasising the importance of providing opportunity to all. In this context the HRD Minister  cited the example of Kohli to emphasis on the importance of dedication, discipline and talent.  

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