One of the basic objectives of the Navodaya Vidyalaya scheme has been to enable the JNVs to play the role of a pace setting institution in the field of school education in the respective districts. The aim of the pace setting activities is to “galvanize academic, social, cultural and community oriented environment of schools” in the vicinity. By virtue of having a highly qualified and competent team of teachers, state of the art laboratories and IT infrastructure, teaching aids and sports equipment and rich libraries the JNVs are in a position to function as a “focal point for improvement in the quality of school education in general, through sharing of experience and facilities.”  Though the ambit of pace setting activities is pretty vast and much of the activities will depend on the ingenuity of the Principals and their team, some activities in the major areas are suggested below:-

Academic Excellence

·         Innovations and experimentations in the teaching-learning process

·         Training/ workshop of teachers to adopt the latest educational technology

·         Optimum use of Vidyalaya laboratories and library

·         Use of Mathematics and junior science laboratories

·         Use of ICT/  in class room transaction

·         Effective communication and computation skills

·         Counseling, career counseling and motivational sessions

Co curricular activities

·         Participation of the students of the neighbouring schools in the co curricular activities of the JNV

·         Competitions and exhibitions

·         Programmes for the neighbouring schools on awareness of issues like conservation of nature, road safety, first aid, cleanliness, civic sense and democratic values and scientific temperament

·         Scout and Guide and adventure activities

·         Organizing Youth Parliament session and fine arts and performing art workshops

Community Services 

·         Coaching of rural children for JNVST

·         Organizing immunization camps, health check up camps, first aid training camps, pollution control and cleanliness drive, literacy campaign etc

·         Providing mobile library for rural learners

·         Organizing awareness campaigns on health and hygiene, safe drinking water, population education, balanced diet, disaster management, RTI and consumer laws, child labour and right to education

·         Organizing street plays for promotion of scientific spirit, conservation of nature and energy, water harvesting, tree plantation, family planning, education of the girl child, balanced diet and safe drinking water, pollution control and awareness of the evils of dowry system, untouchability, female feticide, alcohol and drug addiction, gambling, illiteracy and superstition  etc

·         Computer literacy programme

·         Vermicompost and mushroom culture under SUPW activities


The First Step to Pace Setting


Way back in the year 2002 the Samiti suggested an easy to execute and effective activity in pace setting (vide page 303 of the Compendium of Circulars: Academic). Those JNVs which have not done it yet can take the initiative today itself. An impressive board may be permanently fixed at the front corridor of the Vidyalaya displaying the list of fundamental duties of citizens. Go ahead!