Besides providing opportunities for achieving academic excellence, Navodaya Vidyalayas also aim at giving their students opportunities for self-development  & creative expression through sports & arts. Universal and national values are also sought to be inculcated amongst students. The Vidyalayas follow a calendar of activities in which the House System serves as an effective instrument for the personality development of students. It strengthen team spirit and extra-curricular activities. The co-educational residential  nature of Navodaya Vidyalayas ensure such activities that encourage the children for personality development. Games & Sports, Scouts & Guides, N.C.C., Exhibitions & Art in Education activities are organised in a systematic way in Navodaya Vidyalaya all over the country.

The thrust on academic excellence in the classroom has been accompanied by an effort to build up the Vidyalayas as co-educational residential institutions. The House System of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, functions as an effective instrument for the development of the personality of the students. It helps to build up team spirit and also for extra curricular activities. The inter house competitions. organisational responsibilities, games, sports & art in education activities help students to groom themselves in to competent & self-confident individuals.

The value of dignity of labour & concern for environment are part & parcel of the daily schedule of all Vidyalayas. Team spirit, commitment towards the nation have also been incorporated in the daily activities, such as the morning assembly, daily morning physical exercises. Sports & games help to develop physical fitness of students. Teacher who stay in campus provide teaching to help the students after class hours through remedial teaching sessions. Teachers as House Masters or House Mistresses maintain a close association with students and provide the necessary support to children.

Games & Sports -

Games & Sports are encouraged in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas to develop fitness, physical and neuro-muscular, skills and to promote the spirit of co-operation and sportsmanship. The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti organises cluster level, regional level and national level sports meets to identify talented children in sports.