In the 2021 Union Budget, the government announced to open 100 new Sainik schools. The main aim of Sainik School is to prepare students for the Indian Army. In this series, the government had decided to convert five JNVs into Sainik Schools. Apart from this, the government also identified ten schools in six states.
In her Budget speech last month, the Union finance minister had said that the government would set up 100 new Sainik schools. These schools will be in collaboration with NGOs, private schools, and states.
According to the information received from the sources, Mridula Tripathi, A.C. of NVS, has sent the names of five Navodaya Vidyalayas fulfilling the set criteria to the DC of the Bhopal Region of NVS. These include the JNVs at Bhopal, Sehore, and Katni in Madhya Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, and Balasore in Odisha.
The central government will soon start the mapping work for this. After which these five schools will be known as Sainik Schools. Interested students will have to take the National Defense Academy (NDA) exam to enroll in these five Navodaya Vidyalayas. At the same time, students studying in these schools will be shifted to another Navodaya Vidyalaya.
As soon as the news came out, the former and present students of Navodaya started opposing it. The main reason for their protest was the fees of Sainik school. Sainik School fees are very high, and many students cannot afford it. Most of the students in Navodaya school come from underprivileged families, and they cannot pay the fees of military school. So, that many needy and deserving students will not get an education.
There was no expectation that such a moment would ever come Navodaya Vidyalaya called Jannat would also be auctioned. (उम्मीद नहीं थी कभी की ऐसा क्षण भी आएगा, जन्नत कहे जाने वाले नवोदय विद्यालय को भी नीलाम किया जायेगा.) One student wrote on Social media.
Navodaya students say that “the government should open Sainik School but separate from Navodaya. And, if the government wants to convert JNVs into Sainik Schools, then the fees of Sainik School should be the same as that of Navodaya.”
There are some rumors which say the order has been returned and it will not apply now.