India & its literacy: The sun is shining
An economy is termed as crippled if it has a stable growth rate but poor literacy rates. Education, is a fundamental right safeguarded to every citizen of a nation. An essential element, literacy rate portrays the development of any nation. For purpose of census, a person in age limit of seven and above, who can both write and read with understanding in any of the language is considered as a literate in India. Literacy plays a major role in the economic development of a nation. Although India has raised its current literacy rate, it still lag behind the world average literacy rate of 84%. Compared with other nations, Republic of India has the largest illiterate population. Compared with other nations, Republic of India has the largest illiterate population.
With measures like Free education programs to poor people living in villages and towns to Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao initiative taken by Government of India, India’s literacy is absorbing pace slowly and gradually.
State with highest Literacy Rate
The southern state of Kerala has the highest literacy rate of 93.91% in India.
State with lowest Literacy Rate
Bihar with a figure of 63.82% has the lowest literacy rate in India.
Government of India has taken several measures to improve the literacy rate in villages and towns of India. State Governments has been directed to ensure and improve literacy rate in districts and villages where people are very poor. There has been a good improvement in literacy rate of India in last 10 years, but there is still a long way to go.
|Indian States Ranking by Literacy Rate|
|Male Literacy Rate|
|Female Literacy Rate|
|1||Andaman & Nicobar Islands||86.3%||90.1%||81.8%|
|8||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||77.7%||86.5%||65.9%|
|9||Daman & Diu||87.1%||91.5%||79.6%|
|15||Jammu and Kashmir||68.7%||78.3%||58.0%|