Literacy and Education

Rajiv Balakrishnan,Muchkund Dubey and S. N. Jha




Education is not just an ‘absolute value’ it has enormous ‘functional value’ as well. It builds up, enriches and empowers the individual at the level of the self and as a member of the society and the democratic order. Education, particularly mass literacy, is a key factor in the development process.1

In India there has always been a keen appreciation for the importance of education; it was accorded a high priority by the leaders of the Freedom Movement as is evident in the Constitution. Article 45 of the Directive Principles of State Policy says: ‘The State shall endeavour to provide, within a period of ten years from the commencement of this Constitution, free ...

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