Indian literacy will reach 80% by 2015: Kapil Sibal

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Kapil Sibal
New Delhi, Sept 11: The Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday, Sept 10 said that the countries literacy rate will reach 80 percent by 2015 with the success of the programmes like Saaskar Bharat Mission.

"The average literacy, which is 74 per cent, will reach 80-85 per cent by 2015. This is a big achievement," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said at the end of a International Conference on women's Literacy in New Delhi.

He also added that more than 40 lakh people has been educated through Saaskar Bharat mission including women and in coming years 70 million adults and 7 million women will be benefited from this programme.

Ths Saaskar Bharat mission was launched in 2009, a centrally sponsored scheme of Department of school Education and Literacy (DSEL). Which aims to further promote and strengthen adult education specially to women. The scheme provides basic education, vocational education and also provides education in fields of practical science, applied science, sports and recreation.

The three day long conference was aimed to settle forge alliances for regional and sub-regional cooperation to achieved the set goal specifically in the areas of capacity building, assessment protocol, training and research.

The conference was attended by Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan and SAARC countries.

Sources also said that there was a proposal to establishment of a centre on policy research and training in adult education in New Delhi to benefit the participated countries.

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