ED­U­CA­TION CEN­TRAL

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYAS | ES­TAB­LISHED IN 1963

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FROM THE FAR COR­NERS

The scheme for es­tab­lish­ing cen­tral schools was ap­proved by the Union gov­ern­ment in 1962 and soon 20 reg­i­men­tal schools un­der the min­istry of de­fence were taken over and con­verted in 1963. Later, the Kendriya Vidyalaya San­gathan (KVS), an au­ton­o­mous body reg­is­tered as a so­ci­ety, was set up by the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion in De­cem­ber 1965. The au­ton­o­mous body is­sues di­rec­tives on both aca­demic and ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters for run­ning the Kendriya Vidyalayas.

The schools were ini­tially meant for chil­dren of army per­son­nel posted in ‘hard­ship’ ar­eas. But they soon be­gan ca­ter­ing to chil­dren of para­mil­i­tary per­son­nel and, in­deed, all cen­tral gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. Kendriya Vidyalayas were then ex­tended to pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ing (PSU) town­ships as well. The idea be­hind all the schools un­der the KVS fol­low­ing the same cur­ricu­lum, sim­i­lar class­room struc­tures and the same aca­demic cal­en­dar was to en­sure that in case the par­ent was trans­ferred even in the mid­dle of an aca­demic ses­sion, the ‘dis­con­ti­nu­ity’ for the child when he or she joined the new school would be min­i­mal. The schools have pro­duced a steady stream of civil ser­vants and army of­fi­cers, per­haps the single largest num­ber from one group of schools. They are marked by na­tional in­te­gra­tion, anti-elitism and the ab­sence of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

THE WAY FOR­WARD

To­day, there are about 1,150 Kendriya Vidyalayas in the coun­try and three schools abroad in which over 1.2 mil­lion stu­dents are en­rolled. Newer schools, though, are be­ing opened more in the hin­ter­land than in ur­ban cen­tres. Mi­crosoft has signed an MoU with KVS for ‘Project Shik­sha’ with the in­ten­tion of equip­ping teach­ers and prin­ci­pals with the lat­est com­puter skills.

—Rahul Noronha

CHANDRADEEP KU­MAR

C FOR CLASS HRD min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar with KV stu­dents in Delhi

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