TamilNadu, Navodaya Vidyalayas and हिन्दी

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are central government funded residential schools ( 6th to 12th – CBSE curricula, education is free for all enrolled students including lodging, boarding, text books, uniforms). Just, you need to pass the examination conducted by NCERT – mostly non verbal and objective type.

Following are the objective of these schools:

  • To provide good quality modern education to the talented children predominantly from the rural areas without regard to their families socio-economic conditions;
  • To ensure that all students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas attain a reasonable level of competence in three languages as envisaged in the three language formula;
  • To serve, in each district, as focal points for improvements in quality of school education through sharing of experiences and facilities.

There is one Navodaya school in every district of India, except TamilNadu.

Note the second objective: Hindi,Hindi,Hindi

Thanks to the Dravidian parties for safe-guarding Tamil by not allowing them to start these schools in TN. But, I was lucky enough to study in Navodaya Vidyalaya – Karaikal. Since our district belongs to Pondicherry (with Congress the prominent Political party), I had the chance to study here. It did help me to get a better education, which would not have been possible otherwise. Statistics shows that results of class X and XII examinations of JNVs have been consistently better than the overall CBSE national averages.

These political leaders could influence me at that age. They created the notion that- “Hindi is evil”. So, I didn’t show interest to learn Hindi as it was just a third language. I regret for that now. I understand how these leaders could easily influence innocent, ignorant people without much exposure to the real world.

Coming back to topic – Navodayas in TN, I don’t see any threat to Tamil language by allowing these schools. Students are just going to learn a new language and study in a school with very good facilities for free. Moreover, Tamil will be taught in 33 other Navodayas outside TN in the exchange programme. Actually, it is a benefit for Tamil language as non-Tamil students would learn it. We have seen complaints from these politicians that Central govt. is not allocating enough funds for various – but, they are ready to use the funds provided for these schools.

If one govt. allows these schools, other party would try to gain advantage by saying “Hindi is imposed in TamilNadu – and they are anti Tamil” by fooling the ignorant people who vote for them.

PS: But, there are other disadvantages studying in residential schools like Navodayas. That’s a separate post.


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