Literacy rate will touch 80% by 2015: Sibal
New Delhi: The government on Saturday expressed
hope that the country's literacy rate will touch 80 per cent
by 2015 with the success of programmes like Saakshar Bharat
"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 told reporters here at the end of a
international conference on women's literacy.
He said while more than 40 lakh people have been
empowered through Saakshar Bharat including women, in the
coming times 70 million adults and 7 million women will
benefit from this programme.
The centrally-sponsored programme was launched on
September 8, 2009 with an aim to further promote and
strengthen adult education especially of women.
The three-day conference resolved to forge alliances for
regional and sub-regional cooperation to meet the goals set
particularly in the areas of capacity building, assessment
protocol, training and research. It was attended by the
highly-populated E-9 countries of Bangladesh, Brazil, China,
Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan and
An outcome document released at the end of the meet
suggested establishment of a centre on policy research and
training in adult education here to the benefit of these