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Union Territory of Ladakh Achieves Full Functional Literacy Under ULLAS

According to the Union Ministry of Education, the Union Territory of Ladakh has achieved full functional literacy under the ULLAS-Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram. Ladakh now boasts over 97 percent literacy. Lieutenant Governor Dr. B.D Mishra shared this milestone on June 25, 2024, at a function in Sindhu Sanskritik Kendra (SSK), Leh.

ULLAS-Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram

  • Overview: A centrally sponsored scheme implemented from 2022-23 to 2026-27, ULLAS (Understanding of Lifelong Learning for All in Society) aligns with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, focusing on adult education and lifelong learning.
  • Beneficiaries: Over 77 lakh people have benefitted nationwide. The ULLAS Mobile App has enrolled 1.29 crore learners and 35 lakh volunteer teachers.
  • Scheme Outlay: The total outlay is Rs.1037.90 crore, with the Government of India contributing Rs.700 crore and the states contributing Rs.337.90 crore.
  • Aim and Target: Targets non-literates aged 15 years and above in all States/UTs. The goal is to reach five crore learners, or one crore learners per year.
  • Implementation: Conducted online through the ULLAS app with volunteer teachers.

Scheme Components

  1. Foundational Literacy and Numeracy: Ability to read, write, and count.
  2. Critical Life Skills: Includes digital, legal, financial literacy, healthcare awareness, childcare and education, family welfare, etc.
  3. Basic Education: Education up to secondary stage (classes 9-12).
  4. Vocational Skills: Skill development for employment.
  5. Continuing Education: Ongoing educational opportunities.

Ladakh Background

  • Formation: Established on October 31, 2019, by the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019, which split the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
  • Capital: Leh
  • Lieutenant Governor: Dr. B.D Mishra

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