Welcome to SRC Bharuch
In March 2006, we conceived this activity and firmed up our mind to focus our work in this slot which has excellent potential to uplift large no of families by way of financially and motivationally to support very brilliant students, hailing from financially very weak families and so, their children though obtain 70/80/90% plus marks in class 12 (Science) and can obtain admissions in degree courses in Engineering, Medical etc., they cannot get them educated because of their not being able to afford the expenses..
2001 Census recorded male literacy at 75.26%, while female literacy remained at an unacceptable level of 53.67%, which revealed that gender and regional disparities in literacy continued to persist. Therefore, to bolster Adult Education, and Skill Development, with special focus on females, Government of India introduced two schemes, namely Saakshar Bharat and Scheme for Support to Voluntary Agencies for Adult Education and Skill Development, during the 11th Plan.
Saakshar Bharat , the new variant of earlier NLM, a centrally sponsored scheme of Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), was launched on the International Literacy Day, 8th September, 2009 with the following goals: to raise literacy rate to 80%, to reduce gender gap to 10% and minimize regional and social disparities, with focus on Women, SCs, STs, Minorities, other disadvantaged groups. All those districts that had female literacy rate below 50% (as per census 2001) including Left Wing Extremism affected districts (irrespective of literacy level) are being covered under the programme.
Government expects increase in female literacy to become a force multiplier for all other social development programmes. However, this is only the instrumental value of female literacy. Its intrinsic value is in emancipating the Indian woman through the creation of critical consciousness to take charge of her environment where she faces multiple deprivations and disabilities on the basis of class, caste and gender.
Literacy scenario of India : Census 2011 revealed that Literacy in India has made remarkable strides. Literacy rate of India stands at 72.99%. Overall Literacy rate has grown by 8.15 percent points in the last decade (64.84% in 2001 & 72.99% in 2011). The male literacy rate has grown by 5.63 percent points (75.26% in 2001 & 80.89% in 2011) whereas female literacy rate 10.97 percent points (53.67% in 2001 & 64.64% in 2011). Number of illiterates (7+ age group) decreased from 304.10 million in 2001 to 282.59 million in 2011.
Gender disparity in literacy rates declined by 5.34 percent points from 21.59 percent points in 2001 to 16.25 percent points in 2011.There has been a continuous decrease in gender gap in literacy since 1991 (24.84 percent point).