As the day marks 50th International Literacy day under the banner "Reading the Past, Writing the Future", we provide you with the information about the literacy rates of our country.
International Literacy Day, was first celebrated in 1966 when the UNESCO officially proclaimed September 8 as the International Literacy Day.
The idea behind celebrating and dedicating a day for literacy was to actively promote literacy among the international community as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.
The main global celebration will be held at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris in the form of a two-day conference on September 8-9, 2016 . The highlight of the event is literacy prizes.
The following list shows the literacy rates in India according to the latest Census 2011.
|Illiteracy rate in India|| 22%|
| Literacy among communities |
|Most literate community|| Jains with 86.73% being literate and only 13.57% are illiterate|
|Highest Illiterate community||Muslims - 42.72% illiteracy|
|Illiteracy rate of Hindus||36.40%|
|Illiteracy rate of Sikhs||32.49%|
|Illiteracy rate of Buddhists||28.17%|
|Illiteracy rate of Christians||25.66%|
|Literacy among gender|
|Percent of men studied upto graduation||61.6%|
|Percent of women studied upto graduation||38.4%|
|Literacy rate according to states|
|Most literate state||Kerala with 93.91% literacy|
|Least literate state||Bihar with 63.82% literacy|
As per UNESCO's new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, India is expected to achieve universal primary education in 2050, universal lower secondary education in 2060 and universal upper secondary education in 2085.
In 2014, the literacy rate of India increased by 10%.
India's literacy rate has increased six times since the end of the British rule - from 12 per cent to 74 per cent in 2011. However, India has the world's largest population of illiterates.