The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, the model of Science magnet concept, now plans to have specialist schools for three more disciplines: arts and cultures, sports and vocational training. These specialized Navodaya schools will only cater to students from classes IX to XII and will be set up over the next three years.
The whole concept has been developed in view to promote music, dance and sports. Each class will have two sections of around 60 students. For each of the other three specialties, four schools are being planned. The arts and culture magnet schools will come up in locations where there is an arts institution so that students can be mentored. Chandigarh and Allahabad are possible locations.
Navodaya Vidyalayas have been exempted from two key provisions of the Right to Education Act- no screening and 25% reservation for economically weaker sections. Talks with the CBSE and others are on for the screening of examinations.
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