Literacy rate will touch 80% by 2015: Sibal

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 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 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 SAARC countries.

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 countries.