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Five Muslim children out of 5000 selected for admission in Jawahar Navodya School, Hardoi

Hardoi (UP): Tests for admission in class VI of Jawahar Navoday School in Atara village (Pahani Block) of Hardoi district were held recently. About 5 thousand students had appeared in this examination for the selection of 80 students for admission in 6th class. When the results of this admission test or examination were declared, it was found that only 5 Muslim students out of the 80 selected students could qualify for admission in 6th class. It is a matter of satisfaction that one of these Muslim students, Ikram Ansari of Phani Block had secured second position among all the 80 students selected for admission in 6th class.

It would be worthwhile to describe the nature of Navodya schools. These schools were set up by Indian government’s Navoday Viddyalay Samiti under the new National Education Policy. These schools start from class 6 onwards and tests are held for selection of students in 6th class and normally 80 students are selected for admission in 6th class. Medium of education from 6th to 8th classes in these schools is mother tongue and the regional language. In 9th class science and mathematics are taught in English medium and social sciences are taught in Hindi medium. Students of Navoday schools (from 6th to 8th class) are provided food, lodging, uniforms, books etc free of cost but from 9th to 12 class Rs. 200 per month are charged under Vikaas Shulk or Development tax. However, ‘conditional’ students are exempted from fees or development tax.

According to the Principal of this school, Mrs. Lata Devi last year only 1200 applications were received for admission in 6th class but with her efforts, this year as many as about 5500 applications were received of whom about 5000 were selected for appearing in the admission test, of whom only 80 were to be selected for admission. She further said that for this examination 33% seats are reserved for girls. Similarly, 30% seats are for urban and 70% seats are reserved for rural boy and girl candidates. For admission of SC and ST students, rules applicable elsewhere are applicable in these schools also. She further said that she herself tries for admission of minority community students also as a special case, staff members of her school help students / candidates in filling up admission forms etc but in spite of all her efforts, it appears that students of minority community, particularly Muslims are not very interested in appearing for admission test in these schools. She said in reply to a question that at present there are a total number of 560 students in the school of whom 28 are Muslim students and minimum number of students are of general category. She said that she arranges at her own initiative prospectus, admission forms etc in Urdu also but in spite of this, almost all people including Muslims, prefer these documents in Hindi rather than in Urdu. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2016 on page no. 15

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