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India has a long way to go in education: PM

By Mamatha

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.

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