The thrust on academic excellence in the classroom has been accompanied by an effort to build up the Vidyalayas as co-educational residential institutions. The House System of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, functions as an effective instrument for the development of the personality of the students. It furthers team spirit, by involving students in a variety of co curricular and extra curricular activities. The inter house competitions, organisational responsibilities, games, sports & art in education activities help students to groom themselves into competent & self-confident individuals. The value of dignity of labour & concern for environment is sought to be incorporated by self help activities that are part & parcel of the daily schedule of all Vidyalayas. Teachers who stay in residence provide teaching help after class hours through remedial teaching sessions held in the afternoons. Teachers as House Masters or House Mistress maintain a close association with students and provide the necessary support to children.
Games & Sports
Games and Sports are encouraged in JNVs to develop fitness, physical and neuromuscular skills and to promote the spirit of cooperation and sportsman. Apart from the same, young talents are identified at an early stage and are helped to excel in their chosen field by specialized coaching through PETs/SAI Coaches at selected venues.
Samiti organizes school level, cluster level, regional level and national level competitions in sports and games every year. Specialised course like, Archery, Judo and Gymnastic are also encouraged in some of the JNVs situated in the tribal areas of the country where the same are popular sports.
Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti is a state under School Games Federation of India and the Navodaya National teams compete with other state teams under SGFI banner. The progress made by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti on sports front is commendable.
NCC, Scouts and Guides
NCC is being introduced in JNVs in a phased manner. Several NCC cadets from the JNVs have excelled themselves and brought laurels and have represented NVS in several districts/state and national level rallies/parades/competitions
Samiti is recognized as a state for Scouts and Guides activities by BHARAT SCOUTS & GUIDES. Scouts & Guides are introduced in all the JNVs. Every year many scouts & Guides of JNVs bring laurels being adjudged as president scouts and excellent guides by receiving awards by the Hon’ble President of India. A total of 503 number of children secured President Award last year.
In order to enable the children to understand the democratic values in all spheres of life. Samiti has introduced Youth Parliament Programme in JNVs. Every year competitions are held school-wise, region-wise and at national level. The team adjudged for its best performance gives performance at Delhi before Hon’ble Minister of Parliamentary Affairs for applause of all concerned.
Art In Education Programme
The Art in Education programme is an expansion of the Samiti's pace-setting activities. Besides providing an opportunity for students to inculcate nationalistic values through cross cultural interchange, it also emphasizes upon education enrichment and integration with the community in which the Vidyalaya is located.
Eminent personalities from the fields, of' the letters, arts and sciences are invited to interact with students. Students have received -training in traditional art under the tutelage of traditional Gurus and contemporary theatre directors. Under this programme, a National Integration Meet is organised every year in which about one thousand children, and teachers, from Navodaya Vidyalayas all over the country participate.
The Art in Education programme also aims at enriching the curricula of the formal education system. It also aims at strengthening universal values and promoting group activities whereby joy of learning is achieved. It aims at personality development of students by emphasizing child centred and result oriented activity:
Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme envisages a specific pace-setting role to Navodaya Vidyalayas play to achieve high levels of excellences through quality of academic results, communicative and linguistic ability of the children, competitive spirit and capability, innovative learning practices, developing correct attitudes and values that help children to groom themselves to become useful, active and patriotic citizens of the country. While achieving these goals, adequate care is taken to ensure that the children keep their linkages with the local community around them and contribute their help for furthering these values in the neighbourhood and community.
Navodaya Vidyalayas are also undertaking several community programmes, like eradication of illiteracy, adoption of villages for awareness programme of health, malnutrition, HIV AIDS etc. etc.