In accordance with the National Policy on Education (1986),
Government of India started Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs). Presently
the JNVs are spread in 27 States and 7 Union Territories. These are co-educational
residential schools fully financed and administered by Government of India
through an autonomous organization, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. Admission
in JNVs are made through the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test
(JNVST) at class VI. The medium of instruction in JNVs is the mother tongue
or regional language upto class VIII, and English thereafter for Maths
and Science and Hindi for Social Science. Students of the JNVs appear
for X and XII class examinations in the Central Board of Secondary Education.
While education in the schools is free including board & lodging,
uniforms and textbooks, a nominal fee of Rs. 200/- per month will be collected
from the children from IX to XII class. However, childrenbelonging to
SC/ST, Girls, Physically Handicapped and from the families whose income
is below Poverty line are exempted from payment of fees.