ANSWER: Tamil Nadu
Twenty years after the introduction of JNVs, run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Tamil Nadu remains the only State which does not have a JNV, reportedly because of the perception that importance is given to Hindi in these schools.
JNVs, renowned for quality education, provide residential education from Class VI to Class VIII free of cost while a nominal fee of Rs. 200 is charged from students in Class IX to Class XII. In the admission, which is done through an entrance exam, 75 percent of seats are reserved for children from rural areas, apart from reservations for children belonging to SC and ST communities.
Many in the education sector opine that opening of JNVs is being prevented in the State because of misconceptions about the language policy of JNVs.