A Numbers Game

India has one of the largest populations of illiterate people in the world at 266 million, amounting to 35 per cent of the global total. This is a huge concern for a developing country, which is expected to become the world’s second-largest economy by the year 2050 and which will have the youngest population in the world by next year. There is also a price to pay for such illiteracy in terms of unrealized potential – for India, that has been estimated at $53.6 billion per year.


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