• New India Literacy Programme launched to cover a target of 5.00 crore non-literates in the age group of 15 years and above
  • It is a centrally sponsored scheme.
  • The government plans to implement during five years from 2022-23 to 2026-27.


  • To provide educational aids to five crore students during the five years under the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy component.
  • To cover non-literates of the age of 15 years and above in all State and Union Territories across the country

The programme has five objectives including:

  • Foundational Literacy and Numeracy,
  • Critical Life Skills,
  • Vocational Skills Development,
  • Basic Education and
  • Continuing Education.

Funding Pattern:

  • The Central and State allocations of the total fund are in the ratio of 60:40 for all states except North Eastern Region (NER) and Himalayan States for which the shared ratio is 90:10.
  • For Union Territoris (UTs) with legislature the ratio is 60:40, except in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir where the ratio is 90:10.
  • For all other UTs without legislature the Central share is 100%.
  • The fund flow will take place through the public financial management system (PFMS) and State treasuries.
  • UGC guidelines for implementation of NILP
  • The apex education body urges all universities with departments of Adult Education to implement mandatory teaching of at least five or above non-literates by students in every academic year in their course work as a project or assignment for completion of their degree.
  • UGC affiliated institutions  may include certain credits for the activity, which can be certified under ‘literate certificates’.
  • The central government’s New India Literacy Programme will only work if the students, educators and stakeholders involved are properly guided.
  • They recalled that similar initiatives launched earlier have failed to drawbacks in implementation.
  • Since the students are also learning, the teachers must ensure that they properly imbibe teaching skills to be able to deliver results.
  • The project is huge and needs large-scale involvement from society to ensure people are committed to achieving the goals.


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