Sometimes, Vision of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya as a school for gifted and talented children is missed amidst bureaucracy and rules.
A poor but meritorious student was asked to pay Rs 9,600 when the student asked for his school leaving certificate (SLC).Chandrasekhar Sahu, recently completed XIIth and he is a son of a daily-wage earner in Orissa, The school authorities asked him to pay a fee of Rs 9,600 for "Navodaya Vikas Nidhi", a development fund for the school.
As the student could not pay the amount, authorities refused to release his SLC until the payment was made.Chandrasekhar has topped in the Plus II CBSE examination in the Orissa zone by securing 95% marks and now aspires to be a doctor, but his dreams cant get realised if a doesn't gets the SLC from JNV school.
Principal Das of JNV said that the Chandrasekhar has not paid the fees (monthly 200 Rs.) for four years, as a result of which he was asked to pay a sum of Rs 9,600, only BPL, SC or ST are exempted from paying these fees, Chandrasekhar belongs to other backward caste (OBC).Chandrasekhar, then approached district collector for help.
While school administration was adamant on demand and refused to waive off the fee, the district collector, Dey, promised to pay the fees.