20 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas for SCs/STs get Cabinet nod

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New Delhi, Sep 4 (UNI) The Government today approved the setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) during 2008-09 at a cost of Rs 431.80 crore in 20 districts having large concentration of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Of these, ten JNVs will be set up in districts having large concentration of SCs and the remaining ten in districts having large concentration of STs, an official spokesman told reporters after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs that gave the approval.

Navodaya Vidyalayas is a central sector scheme which commenced in 1986-87 as a follow up to the National Policy on Education, 1986 to provide good quality education to the talented rural children.

The scheme started with two experimental schools in 1985-86 and has now grown to 554 schools covering as many districts in 34 States and Union Territories.

JNVs are residential schools from class VI to XII. All expenses on boarding and lodging of students of JNVs as well as expenses on their uniform ad stationery are borne by the Centre.

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