Kendriya Vidyalaya is a system of central government schools under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The objectives are:
i. To cater to the educational needs of children of transferable Central Government including Defence and Para-military personnel by providing a common programme of education;
ii. To pursue excellence and set the pace in the field of school education;
iii. To initiate and promote experimentation and innovations in education in collaboration with other bodies like the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) etc. and
iv. To develop the spirit of national integration and create a sense of 'Indianness' among children.
They follow the CBSE curriculum. As on date, there are 1115 functional schools with 1175595 students.
On the other hand, Navodya Vidyalayas were established with the primary objective to provide good quality modern education to the talented children predominantly from the rural areas, comparable to the best in a residential school system, without regard to their family's socio-economic condition.
Navodaya Vidyalayas are run by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, Govt. of India. The Chairman of the Samiti is the Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development.