New Delhi, Aug 4: "According to UNESCO"s Global Monitoring Report 2006, out of 771 million illiterates in the world, 268 million are estimated to be residing in India, which accounts for nearly one-third of the world"s non-literates," Manmohan Singh said, on Tuesday, Aug 3.
The PM was speaking at a lecture of his school friend and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen organised by Pratichi Trust, Asian Development Research Institute and the National Literacy Mission.
"We still have a very long way to go in spreading education," Manmohan Singh said, referring to significant gains India has made in the field.
PM said the government has taken a series of important steps in the past six years "to make the light of literacy and education shine for every child, every citizen - irrespective of gender, caste or religion".
Even though India"s GDP has recorded a very high growth rate in the recent past, the inferior literacy status of the country has contributed to the lowering of its position in the UNDP"s Human Development Index.