The National education policy of 1986 set up schools in rural areas which were fully residential and aimed at bringing the best talent from rural areas to polish them and make them self-sufficient through education. It started with an aim to make rural talent study and compete with their urban counterparts. It aimed at ensuring quality education in the rural sector irrespective of the ability of the students to pay for it. It is run by the Jawahar Navodaya Samiti.
Objectives of the Jawahar Navodaya Samiti
- To establish navodaya schools and conduct all the activities in the school.
- To provide good quality education, and a good atmosphere akin to cultural heritage to students from rural India.
- To bring students from different parts of the country and promote national integration and exchange of social values.
- To establish and maintain hostels for the students of Navodaya schools.
Students are admitted based on merit tests conducted by CBSE on all India block and district levels. The questions are objective and class neutral so that students from rural areas are not at a disadvantage while attempting the examination.