(An Autonomous Organisation under Ministry of HRD,Deptt. of Sec. Edn. & Hr. Edn., Govt. of India)
Creation of Residential Culture with a view to ensure optional socialization of each learner is a unique feature of Navodaya Vidyalayas. No other education scheme of Govt. of India relies so heavily on Residential culture for learners' socialization and wholesome personality development as JNVs. Residential Culture is a means to the attainment of certain well-defined objectives. Residential culture promotes learners' participation in various activities and it strengthens healthy interaction among students as well as between students and teachers. It enables learners to develop their social skills, especially interaction skills and to imbibe the philosophy of JNVs. The lessons learnt through the Residential culture and its house system encourages learners to develop team spirit, camaraderie and bonds of Friendship. It promotes cooperation among members of each house and healthy competition through participation in inter-house activities. Hence the students learn good manners, cooperation, self-discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, sense of duty and responsibility, care for property, concern for group welfare and qualities of good citizenship. It is because of the Residential culture that all learners, teachers and other employees feel that they live in, and belong to a large family and take pride in being its recognized members. Participation in this larger family provides Catharsis and helps release tensions in learners' mind.