JAIPUR: Union HRD
MinisterPrakash Javadekar on Saturday
claimed that India would achieve 100 per cent literacy rate within the next
"There was a literacy rate of 18 per cent in the post independence era.
Today it has gone up to 80 per cent and I guarantee that within next five
years, it will be 100 per cent. There will be no illiteracy in the
country," he said here while speaking at the 'Festival of Education' organised
by the Rajasthan government
along with education provider GEMS Education.
"Students from class 6 to 12 are being trained to be able to pass on their
knowledge to their parents, grandparents and others in the family who have been
deprived of it. The child becomes a guru to them," Javadekar said, adding "that
is how we can completely eradicate illiteracy from the country".
The Minister emphasised that education was not just the ability to read and
write but also gaining a huge amount of knowledge.
"Our priority is to improve the quality of education. The purpose of
education is not just employment but it is important to become good human
being," Javadekar added.
The two-day festival at the Jaipur
Exhibition and Convocation Centre will end on Saturday.