Written by Manisha Kabi

A matter of immense pride and prestige and worth mentioning is that under the Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme, three students, 2 girls from Kanika Reading Room and a boy from Utkal Bala Ashram, Baleswar have cracked one of the most difficult high school level entrance exams by their dedicated diligence with the requisite assistance of Shikhya and its study materials. 
 A little about JNV and JNV Selection Test:

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are established in accordance with the National Policy of Education (1986) Government of India. JNVs are co-educational schools affiliated to CBSE, spread across 27 states and 7 UTs in India. According to Navodaya Vidyalaya Scheme, one JNV is to be set up in every district with the sole objective of providing good quality modern education along with imbibing cultural component, inculcating values within children, creating awareness of the environment, adventure activities and physical education, overall a holistic approach in building students’ futures, with a very nominal fee of 200 (INR) per month (which is also exempted for certain reserved groups). Students studying in vernacular medium schools up to Class-V are given this opportunity. Admissions are made through the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) at Class VI. A maximum of 80 students are admitted in Class VI in each Vidyalaya, through a selection test called The JNV Selection Test which is conducted around the first week of January every year.

The test consists of 3 sections.

The JNVST 2017 results have been declared on 23rd June 2017. And 3children: Swagati Nayak, Simron Nayak and Jyoti Prakash Das, who come from struggling and less privileged families, have managed to enlist their names in this year’s merit list. A very noteworthy and an absolute honour for every stakeholder involved in their success for various reasons.
 Swagati Nayak (bearing Roll Number: M05774) and Simron Nayak (bearing Roll Number: N05568) both belong to Kendrapada district who visit the Kanika Reading Room on weekends to study and practice study materials. This is indeed a remarkable achievement and difficult to accomplish feat. Hailing from a rural and inaccessible place of Odisha, these girls stand out of the crowd with their persistent hard work and relentless effort. It reaffirms 
 how women are getting empowered and emancipated in almost every domain of life these days and have been breaking themselves free from the shackles of inequality and deprivation.

This accomplishment is not only laudable but inspiring and motivating for other children as well as for Shikhya as an organization and all the readers around the world who are reading this and hopefully planning to be a part and act in this direction. Such success stories reinstate the faith in “even sky is not the limit”.