While Punjab has registered a 6.1 per cent increase in literacy rate,the biggest contribution to this figure comes once again from its most backward district,Hoshiarpur,which tops the state with a 84.6 per cent literacy rate.
As per the census conducted by the Union Home Ministry in 2011,reports of which were released recently,the literacy in Punjab ( 75.8 per cent) is above the national average (73 per cent) and is up from the rate recorded in 2001 (69.7 per cent).
There has been an incremental increase of 39.5 lakh literate people in Punjab in this decade bringing the total of those who can read and write in the state to 187.1 lakh people. Further,the gap in literacy rate of men and women has reduced from 11.8 per cent in 2001 to 9.7 percent in 2011.
Even in 2001,Hoshiarpur had the highest literacy rate at 81.4 per cent. The district Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said the administration is now making efforts to improve education levels. He added that 36 students from the district made it to the merit list of the Class X examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEdB) while district took the third position in terms of overall performance.
He further said that Rs 24 crore was being spent to strengthen education infrastructure while 24 lakh worth scholarships were being handed to students from minority communities. The district has also been awarded Rs 67 crore under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan,Roojam said.
The deputy commissioner said the government is setting up a Polytechnic College at Talwara at a cost of Rs 15 crore,while Adarsh schools are being established at the cost of Rs 5 crore to provide quality education in the kandi areas. The DC added that Rs 1 crore has been distributed in the district for renovation of schools under the Backward Region Grant Fund Scheme.