Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs). Presently 575 JNVs are spread in 27 States and 7 Union territories. These are co-educational residential schools fully financed and administered by Government of India. The medium of instruction in JNVs is bilingual, using the mother-tongue and English up to Class VIII thereafter English medium up to Class XII. Students of X & XII in JNVs appear for Central Board of Secondary Education exam. While education in the schools is free including boarding, lodging, uniforms and textbooks, a nominal fee of Rs. 200/- per month will have to be paid by the children from IX to XII class. However, children belonging to SC/ST, Girls and physically Handicapped and from the families whose income is below poverty line are exempted from payment of fees.