Cabinet approves proposal to open 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the proposal for opening 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) under the Civil/Defence Sector in the country, keeping in view the high demand for these schools for their quality of education and excellent results.

The total project cost based on Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) norms for the proposed 50 new KVs is Rs 1160 crore.

New KVs will be opened from classes I to V for which 650 regular posts shall be created in all the 50 schools. The schools will grows every year with addition of one more higher class and when the school grows upto class XII and becomes a full fledged school with two sections in each class, there shall be a requirement of about 4000 regular posts of various categories i.e., about 2900 teaching posts and about 1100 non-teaching posts. These new KVs, when fully functional, will provide quality education to approximately 50,000 students in addition to the approximately 12 lakh students already studying in the existing KVs.

The new KVs will address the educational needs of eligible students with high quality standards and will play a role of pace-setting educational institutions in the districts concerned.

The main objective of KVS is to cater to the educational needs of children of transferable Central Government employees, including Defence and Paramilitary personnel, by providing a common programme of education.

There are at present 1142 functional Kendriya Vidyalayas under the KVS, including three abroad at Moscow, Kathmandu and Tehran. The Kendriya Vidyalayas are considered as model schools in the country in terms of physical infrastructure, teaching resources, curriculum and academic performance. Kendriya Vidyalayas have consistently turned out excellent academic performance as is evident from the Board Results of Class X and XII exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

German to be taught in Kendriya Vidyalayas as additional foreign language

NEW DELHI: German will be taught in Kendriya Vidyalayas as an additional foreign language while modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany, according to an understanding reached between the two countries today to put a lid on a controversy that had erupted about a year back.

An MoU was signed between the two countries on the occasion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit and under the understanding, a pact will be signed between the KV and Max Mueller Bhavan to formalise the arrangement.

“German will be taught as an additional foreign language,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters here.

He added that side by side modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany.

“We have a lot of scholars who are intersted in that (learning Indian language),” Merkel said earlier during a joint media interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This marks an end to the controversy which had erupted about a year after KVs decided to stop teaching German as third language and replaced it with Sanskrit.

The governing board of KV had in its meeting on October 27 last year directed that teaching of German language as an option instead of Sanskrit be discontinued.

The new understanding is a sharp departure from the earlier agreement of 2011 between the two countries to offer German as a third language in the KVs.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani has been maintaining that teaching German was against the spirit of the three-language formula and violated the national education policy.

The KV’s decision had triggered an uproar and had threatened to derail ties between the two countries. It was criticised also by Merkel who raised the issue during her meeting with Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane in November last year.

The government, though, had announced that German would continue to be taught as an additional or hobby subject from class VI to VIII.