Deputy Commissioner's Message...
India is a land of visionaries. One such visionary Late Shri Rajeev Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India while flying in infinite sky witnessed not only the various landscapes and georesources but also the people living in remote corners of this vast nation. His conviction was that this country having divergent races and regions has potential to grow and become number one in every field in the world and to achieve this position, the younger generation needs quality education. In order to achieve this goal, a scheme of establishing JNVs was envisaged way back in 1986.
2. The other salient features of the vision of the then Prime Minister was that he had seen India very comprehensively. After witnessing this country from the heights of the sky, he came to the conclusion that talented younger generation is not confined only to the cosmo politan cities like Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta. Any child born in any community in any of the plains or hilly areas could be intelligent. In order to tap this rural talent, it was resolved to set up one such Vidyalaya on an average in each of the district in rural remote areas throughout the length and breadth of the country.
3. The scheme was successfully launched in 1986. As on today, a network of around 525 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas is functional in 33 States and U.Ts. In the formative years of the scheme, the planners and the executives were skeptic about the sustainability of the programme, but it is a reality now and has become a role model for the other nations in the world. Liberal financial support and timely funding to the schools is an indication of irrevocable commitment on the part of the Govt. Annual budget of each Vidyalaya is around one crore rupees which is likely to increase in future. The scale and dimension of the scheme, to help rural talented students consisting of Atleast 33% girls, is unprecedented in the entire world.
4. After passing out Senior Secondary stage from these residential co-educational schools, a large number of Navodaya students have joined envious professions like Engineering, Medical Sciences, Defence and Education in various capacities. In addition to imparting quality education to the rural talented children, Navodaya Vidyalaya scheme successfully strengthened ties of national integration from one corner to another corner. Migration scheme being implemented through Navodayas, brought home among the younger generation that Inspite of divergent languages, caste, creed etc., India is culturally one.
5. With the establishment of these schools in the rural background countryside dark corners have been illuminated, roads are constructed and network of communication is upgraded.
6. The Scheme has covered the most remote locations in the hilly States such as J & K, Himachal, North Eastern States to provide opportunity to the students who were otherwise not in a position to move out of the gorges of the high mountains.
7. These school starts from class VI and students are admitted through a selection test. Around 500 students from the district where-ever it is established have been studying and staying together in a very conducive educational ambiance in the Vidyalaya. The organization has provided latest IT facilities to all the JNVs.
8. Navodaya product has started emerging as competent and effective professionals and good citizens. I am sure, in the time to come, it will contribute its best to the development of nation and help India to come up as a leader for other countries of the world.