GUWAHATI: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi congratulated the people of the state and also his government for emerging as the fifth most literate state in the country with an 85.9 percent literacy rate.
The Governor said, “It gives me immense pleasure to learn that with a literacy rate of 85.9 percent, Assam holds the fifth position in the country, according to the report on education released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) survey.”
He added, “I heartily congratulate and appreciate the efforts of the people of the state and my Government for taking a keen interest in education. I believe, with more efforts, dedication and commitment we can reach the top.”
As per 2011 census Assam with 72.2% literacy rate was in the 28th position.
Meanwhile, Kerala has once again etched its place as the most literate state in India with 96.2%, followed by national capital Delhi at 88.7%, Uttarakhand at 87.6% and Himachal Pradesh at 86.6%.
According to the report, the southern state of Andhra Pradesh has ranked the worst among all states in India in terms of literacy rate, behind Bihar’s 70.9%. While Andhra’s literacy rate was 66.4%, Telangana’s was at 72.8%, and Karnataka’s is 77.2%.
In Assam, the gap between male and female literacy was found to be 8.9 percentages, with male literacy at 90.1% and female literacy at 81.2%.