Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) are a network of residential schools, across the country, run by the Central Government. There are approximately 573 JNVs across India, offering free education to students selected through an All India Entrance Exam.

The objective is to provide quality education to deserving students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, especially from rural areas.

What We did
This first year of the PRAYATNA project selected schools from two regions i.e. Chandigarh and Pune, to pilot counselling services to be delivered by staff nurses in these schools. The staff nurses were trained in counselling skills in a 10-day training programme. The nurses were randomly divided into two groups , supervision (support arm) and non-supervision (non-support arm), to evaluate whether the counselling services provided by the nurses receiving supervision and support was more effective than the services provided by the nurses without supervisory support.

These trained staff nurses have been providing counselling services to the students once or twice a month, on an average. The staff nurses, in the supervision arm, were provided with fortnightly telephonic supervision. Follow-up refresher training was also conducted for the staff nurses in the supervision arm. Over the past eight months, counselling cases dealt mainly with home-sickness, educational difficulties and emotional issues.

UNFPA in partnership with MoHRD is now planning to scale up the youth friendly counselling services to NVS schools in more states for which a proposal has been submitted.