Rs. 7 crore sanctioned for female special literacy drive

EDUCATION OF WOMEN: C. Thangamuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, releasing the book on continuing education programme at a workshop on women's literacy in Tiruchi on Thursday. PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM.  

M. Balaganessin

The programme for women in 15-35 age group from September 15

TIRUCHI: A comprehensive year-long special literacy programme for women in the 15-35 age-group will be implemented in select districts with poor female literacy rate from September 15. Called `Pre-Residual Illiteracy', the programme is aimed at achieving zero per cent female illiteracy in Tamil Nadu, said the Technical Officer, Directorate of Non-Formal and Adult Education, Chennai, V. Ravi.

Addressing key resource persons from central districts of Tamil Nadu at a workshop jointly sponsored by Bharathidasan University's Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension and the State Resource Centre, for evolving the modalities for the PRI here on Thursday, Mr. Ravi said that 14.77 lakh women would be converted into the lettered within a year.

Though the State's overall literacy percentage was 73.47, there was a wide gap between the male and female literacy rates. Both the Central and State Governments had released Rs. seven crore for the PRI. While the Centre has released the first instalment of Rs. three crore for 17 districts, the State Government's share would be Rs. four crore for the entire State. Additional funds were anticipated from the Centre for the 17 districts.

New measures

On the new measures ensuring effective implementation, Mr. Ravi said that the teaching learning materials using the computer software designed and evolved by Tata Consultancy Services would be supplied to all needy Continuing Education Programme centres.

Inaugurating the workshop, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, C. Thangamuthu, explained the importance of educating women for overall social and economic development, on the lines of adjoining Kerala.

He also released books on functional literacy and Continuing Education Programme brought out on the occasion jointly by the SRC and the CACEE. The district programme coordinator of the Continuing Education Programme, R. Ilangovan, received them.

The Director, CACEE, K. Parthasarathy, one of the authors of the book, said the literacy drive had a greater impact on the lifestyle of the tribal population on Kalvarayan and Pachamalai hills in Villupuram and Tiruchi districts respectively.