The spurt in India's literacy rate from 12 per cent during Independence to over 74 per cent, according to the latest census is a credit to the teachers of the country, Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya has said.
Speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of Vijaya Teachers' College here on Saturday, Dr. Acharya said the overall literacy rate had grown from 64.8 per cent in the past decade. Indicators of education and health had seen a steady progress, which would have been impossible without the dedicated effort of teachers.
The focus of the education system now, said Dr. Acharya, should be on gearing it towards the present demands of the competitive world and the changed nature of the economy. “Along with traditional education, we need a thrust on skill development and aptitude training,” he said. There were dramatic changes post 1992 and the education system had to adapt to the changing scenario, he said.
Teachers and heads of various institutions affiliated to Vijaya educational institutions were felicitated. Minister for Urban Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar and Jayanagar MLA B.N. Vijaya Kumar were present.