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Eight states record high illiteracy rate

education Updated: Nov 21, 2007 16:46 IST

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Nearly 70 per cent of the illiterate population in the country are in eight states of UP, Bihar, Andhra, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Thirteen states including Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Orissa, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, UP, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar have literacy rate below the national average of 64.8 per cent, according to a data published by the Directorate of Adult Education.

M A A Fatmi, Minister of State, Human Resource Development Ministry, stated. No consensus has been reached to set up a National Commission on Higher Education for improvement of higher education including reforms and innovative ideas relating to standards of education stated D Purandeswari, Minister of State, Human Resource Develop.

There is a proposal to establish one Central University in each of the 16 states including Orissa which do not have any Central Universities.