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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(5): 388-393 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.719

ICT Based Education for Literacy in India: Vision Beyond 2015

Syed Nitas Iftekhar and Hyeon Jihye

Abstract—Proportion of adult illiterates has improved in many countries over the last decade. Yet, the number of adult illiterates in India has remained the highest at 287 million since 1990 to 2010 because of the population growth. India constitutes of more than one-thirds of the world’s adult illiterates which needs serious attention from the government. Defining literacy has been a debate in India, as in many developing nations. Literacy should be recognised as a continuum and as the laying stone of lifelong learning. Adaptation of skills and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) with functional literacy skills as base for lifelong learning has to be a core element of the basic education agenda in India post 2015. The goal, targets and indicators for literacy have to be defined in a way that makes sense in relation to an overarching human capability agenda. Furthermore, multiple literacy skill levels need to be recognized. In India there is need to expand formal and non-formal adult education with the concept of life-long learning using ICT. It is suggested in the paper, how India can develop a strong and effective ICT based education system to impart literacy.

Index Terms—Literacy, ICT based education, life-long learning, India, information communication technology.

Syed Nitas Iftekhar is with Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Governance at Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, India (e-mail: nitas711@gmail.com).
Hyeon Jihye is with the Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University and UNESCO Beijing, China (e-mail: sophiehyeon@gmail.com).


Cite: Syed Nitas Iftekhar and Hyeon Jihye, "ICT Based Education for Literacy in India: Vision Beyond 2015," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 388-393, 2016.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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