Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Tenughat, Bokaro, India

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Tenughat (in short JNVT), Bokaro is a co-educational residential school under the Ministry of Human Resources & Development of India, established in 1996, with just 10 years of history behind it. It has created its own success story by preparing the young, brilliant and talented students academically, physicaly and mentally to be the good and useful citizens of tomorrow. The past few years have witnessed unprecedented achievements at various state and national levels.

I still remember coming here when I was just 12 years old. This school made me what I am today. I learnt skills which help me live my life today. I made life time friends here and I will ever so grateful for that. ~ Deepu Kumar

JNV Tenughat is a branch of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya's are Indian schools for talented children. They form a part of the system of gifted education. The objectives of the scheme were to provide good quality modern education to the talented children predominantly from the rural areas, without regard to their family's socio-economic condition.

First established in 1985, they are the brain child of the then Human Resources Minister, P. V. Narasimha Rao (who later became Prime Minister of India) to find and foster talented children from the rural parts of India. They were formerly named as Navodaya Vidyalayas and renamed later as 'Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas' in the birth-centenary year of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India. Navodaya Vidyalayas are located all over the country, except Tamil Nadu. There are approximately 557 JNVs across India as of now. They offer free education to all students who get selected through the admission process which includes an All India Entrance Exam, held at district level.

If you want to know more about it then please go through the links to your right. I have put some pictures (which I took from the JNV Tenughat website) and other stuff related to our beloved JNV.

Please leave any comments if you have and I will check them and get back to you.

A bird's eye view of JNV campus

The pictures below show how our JNV campus looks like if we saw it from the sky. I took these pictures by using the Google Earth. I think the pictures are a bit old, but this is what I could get from Google Earth. I can see that there are few buildings which are under construction, I hope that very soon I will get the updated pictures. I will post them as soon as Google Earth updates their database.


In this picture, you can see the whole campus including the boundry wall. I wonder that volleyball court down the hill is now an official court. I remember going there and playing for hours.


Oh! the pond was a different story. I really miss going there and taking a dip. I know it was not allowed to go there but I think we never cared about that. Only cool people broke the laws and went there to jump off the cliff into the water. I agree that the water was not the cleanest but the fun was pure :)


When I was leaving the school, we just had started this small primary school for the kids from the local villages. I heard that the school is doing pretty well and its really helping the local community. I wish I had recent pictures of small kids having fun there. I wonder if they ever made it to our real school after graduating from that primary school.


We were the first batch and when our school started, we didn't even have our own buildings. This is an old 'jail' where our school got established. I still remember those mango and jack-fruit trees. I know it was not a very big place but I have a lot of memories attached with this.

5. TENUGHAT CHAURAHA (The round about)

Oh when we first arrived, there weren't even any shops there. I think we were a good source of money for all the shops at this roundabout. I wonder if the imfamous 'Ramgarh Hotel' is still there.


This is the imfamous Tenughat dam. It was really pretty, especially when all the water gates of the dam were open. It was scary but beautiful experience, at least for me. Also, my girl-friend's dad used to work there, I wonder if he still works there.


When we didn't have our own buildings and grounds, we used to go to this community park for all the school events. I remember playing Kabbadi there. Ritesh used to give me a stop watch and go around the park when he was preparing for his 100m sprint against Deepak. Haha! it makes me laugh when I think about it now.

Buildings on our campus

Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of the school so the best idea I came up with is to copy all the available pictures of the JNV buildings from the JNVT website. I hope that some people send me some pictures of the buildings and other stuff to me. I know the quality of the pictures are bad as well, but I couldn't do much about it.

This was the entrance to our academic block. The last time when I visited the school, the school van was right at the same place as it is in this pictures. I don't know if 'Karim Bhaiya' is still driving that.


The main entrance of the school. In the top picture, few students are welcoming some VIP I think. In the bottom picture you can see the main gate and the guard post. Yes, we had a gard assigned to the main gate not just to welcome people, but also to keep an eye on the students and stop them if they were trying to leave the premises. Hey, but who needed to use that gate anyway :P


The morning assembly! It used to last for like 20 to 30 minutes. I still remember standing in the front and facing the sun in the morning, which was very annoying. All the teachers used to line up at the back, which was another very scary thing because I always used to think that they are watching me.


Well, I found this picture of the inside of the girl's hostel. The only person I can recognize here is 'Neha' (I think). Oh yeah on the other note they always won the annual award for being the cleanest dormitory on campus. Yeah, I know, boys will be boys :P

I think that there is a volleyball game going on between Udaygiri and Nilgiri house. I bet Nilgiri won...after all it was my house :P

This statue of 'Mahatma Gandi' was created after I left the school. My guess would be that Munda sir created this. Correct me if I am wrong.


The infamous mess. My god, I have a lot of memories of this place. I remember how we got into trouble because we didn't bring our spoons and glasses with us. I als remember eating fried rice (our fav) outside this building. Long live the 'Bhojnalaya'!
I wonder if the old people who used to work in the mess are still around.