Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bilaspur
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Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Malhar, popularly known as Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bilaspur, is a part of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. It is one of the approximately 593 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in India, located in Malhar Village, near Masturi, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India. It is about 32 kilometers from the Bilaspur city.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are Indian schools for talented children. They form a part of the system of gifted education. The objectives of the scheme were to provide good quality modern education to the talented children predominantly from the rural areas, without regard to their family's socio-economic condition. It offers free education to all students who get selected through the admission process which includes an All India Entrance Exam called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test(JNVST), held at district level. It comes under the Bhopal region of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti.
J.N.V. Malhar is residential & co-educational school affiliated to CBSE and has classes from VI to XII standard. This Vidyalaya is run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Education and Government of India.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Malhar was established in year 1987. It was started in the building of Primary School Malhar, the temporary site. It was shifted to the new building at permanent site in 1990. First Principal was Mr. O. P. Parasar (17/09/87- 30/07/88).
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Malhar, Bilaspur is located at Malhar. The campus covers about 36 acres of area, and is divided into clusters of buildings. The Academic Building chiefly comprises the main building, the various departmental annexes and Labs. The academic building is connected with the Multi Purpose Hall, which is most useful for any cultural activities and programs. Beyond the Academic building lie boy's hostels. There are total 10 hostels(Including boy's and girl's hostel). Students are accommodated in houses which are named as Aravalli, Nilgiri, Shivalik and Udayagiri(With flag colour Blue,Green,Red and Yellow respectively). Mess is located between boy's and girl's hostel. Teachers quarters are located near the hostels. The campus is green and mostly untouched by the pollution of Village. The Vidyalaya has football, hockey and cricket, basketball, volleyball, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho grounds; and Badminton and Table tennis courts. The Multi Purpose Hall is used for various cultural and other extracurricular activities. In addition to these facilities the campus also houses a primary school which is called as Navodaya Shishunikatan.
Talented students of the district are selected through an All India Level Entrance Exam called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) conducted each year by CBSE and are given admission to 6th standard/class in the Navodaya. Till 1998, the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) was conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, however it is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education ever since. The test is largely non-verbal and objective in nature and is designed to prevent any disadvantage to children from rural areas. Now admissions are also taken in Class IX and XI. During academic year 2008-09 admissions will be allowed in Class VIII. These admissions are conducted through an objective and descriptive test containing questions on English, Mathematics, Science, & Social Sciences. This "Lateral Entry" system is devised to fill the vacancies that arise due to withdrawal of admissions of the children who are admitted in class VI.
The Vidyalaya have an objective of providing opportunity and education to the underprivileged children of rural areas, the entrance requirements have special provisions for those from a Government recognised school in a rural area. 75% of the seats are reserved in district for students from rural areas and remaining seats are filled with students from urban areas. Reservation of seats in favor of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is also provided. 1/3 of the seats are for girl students. 3% of the seats are for disabled children.
Since 2005, a moderate and uniform fee structure is implemented to reduce the dependency on Government. However, girls are exempted from paying any fees,as are all students from underprivileged areas.
Subjects are taught in Hindi medium to 8th standards and in English medium From 9th class. Oriya is taught as third language in JNV Malhar.
The students of Board classes, Xth and XIIth are provided with extra facilities. In last two months of their academic year, they are exempted from daily Physical Training and evening games. They are also provided with tea in early morning and late night. The courses of these classes must be finished before November so that students can focus on studying according to their preferences, for the final board exams takes place in March.
Although tests, half-yearly and pre-board exams are conducted for Xth and XIIth standards too, only the marks obtained in final board exam, which is conducted by CBSE, are counted. The results of class X and XII examinations of the school have been consistently above the overall CBSE national averages. There are eight periods for each standard daily, before lunch. After lunch, remedial class takes place. Students are not taught in remedial classes. They are supposed to do their homework in that time and ask teachers, if any difficulty arises.
Scouting, Guiding and NCC
Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti is recognised as a State for Scouting and Guiding activities by the Bharat Scouts and Guides. Navodaya students regularly and actively participate in various programmes of BSG. NCC is being introduced in JNVs in a phased manner. Samiti had a total cadet strength of 9420 during 2003-2004. As part of NCC training, students of the JNVs attended several camps and excelled themselves.
Games and sports
Games and sports are encouraged in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya to develop fitness, physical and neuro-muscular skills and promote the spirits of co-operation and sportsmanship. Vidyalayas organize National Sports Meets to identify talented children in sports. The meets happen at cluster and regional levels every year where students from different JNVs compete. Students picked at regional level compete at national level. Based on the performance at National level, children get a chance to play on behalf of Navodaya team, which is considered as a State, in Sports and Games Federation of India competitions. Specialised sports like archery, Judo and Gymnastics are also encouraged in the JNV. There are also various exhibitions where the schools bring models and ideas which are then judged and awarded prizes.
One of the important features of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme is a scheme of exchange of students from one Vidyalaya in a particular linguistic region to another in a different linguistic region to promote understanding of the diversity and plurality of India's culture and its people. The Aim of the Migration in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas is focused on National Integration. According to the Scheme, selected 30% of 9th class students are exchanged between JNV Zinknagar, Sundergarh(Orissa) and JNV Malhar, for one year.
In addition to the regular science topics (mathematics, science, social studies, English, Hindi and Oriya), students are trained in music, fine arts, computer science and SUPW. Youth Parliament sessions are conducted. Every year competitions are held in all disciplines of sciences, fine arts and games under the name cluster winners of which attend a next level competition regional level and further filtered ones compete at national level and 'SGFI'.
Teachers are recruited through a national level competitive examination. Trained graduate teachers teach from Class VI to X and post-graduate teachers teach XI and XII class students. Teachers also work as housemaster/housemistress.
The school provides extensive educational opportunities and have faculty for every subject. JNV has a Library which ensures all round development of students. Medical assistance school have a 24X7 availability of a nurse. To ensure the quality of education and consistence guidance school have extra remedial classes in which faculty clear doubts of students . This is specially helpful for BOARD classes students (10th and 12th ).