JU holds lecture on ‘World Literacy Day’

Expressing concern over the literacy rate in India, which is below the world average literacy rate of 84 percent, Rahul Jalali today said that India is one of the countries in the world which has not been able to fulfill any of the MDGs (millennium Development Goals).
Speaking at a special lecture organized at the Department of Lifelong Learning (DLL), University of Jammu today on the theme “Illiteracy and other developmental challenges before India in 21st Century” in connection with the World Literacy Day which is being observed today, Jalali who is the president of Press Club of India, New Delhi said that there has been a limited allocation to education sector in our annual plans and the highest ever allocation was 7 % , otherwise it remains just between 2-5 %.
“Even out of this allocation for education sector, the grant lapses in areas which aim at eradicating poverty especially BPLs areas,” said Jalali. Underlining the fact that the basic cause of illiteracy in India is poverty, Jalali who is also the president of Confederation of Press Clubs in India, said that the inequalities between the rich and poor are profound and even the government has moved away from its own responsibility of helping the rural poor.
Prof Poonam Dhawan, Head of Department, DLL earlier welcomed the speaker and spoke on the World Literacy Day and challenges of illiteracy.
Dr Kavita Suri, Associate Professor introduced the distinguished speaker to the audience.

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