J&K UT receives funds of over Rs 4 crore for implementation of New India Literacy Programme

VIKAS SHARMA

JAMMU : As the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir is grappling with over 3 lakh illiterate adults in 15+ age group, the Union Ministry of Education has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 4,97,39,300 during the current year (2022-23) for implementation of the new Centrally Sponsored Scheme New India Literacy Programme (NILP) during five years from 2022-23 to 2026-27.

Pertinently, NILP aims to cover a target of 5 crore learners during the five years under the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy component. The Central and State shares are in the ratio of 60:40 for all States other than North Eastern Region (NER) and Himalayan States where the sharing pattern between the Centre and the State is in the ratio of 90:10. For UTs with legislature the ratio is 60:40, except in J&K UT where the ratio is 90:10, and for all other UTs without legislature the Central share is 100 percent.

Of the total allocated funds, the Central Share for J&K UT is Rs 4,47,65,370 and State Share is Rs 49,73, 930. As per data available, of the total 3036095 illiterate persons in 15+ age group, the strength of males is 1107749 while the strength of females is 1928346. Funds to the tune of Rs 105.30 lakh had also been released under the centrally sponsored scheme Padhna Likhna Abhiyan (PLA)- Scheme of Adult Education.

“NILP programme has five objectives which includes Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, Critical Life Skills, Vocational Skills Development, Basic Education and Continuing Education. Various steps are being taken by the Government for effective implementation of the programme in the country and encouraging users to join the programme. The first step is to identify the beneficiaries and Volunteer Teachers. Surveys of beneficiaries and Volunteer Teachers (VTs) are being conducted by States/UTs using schools as the base”, officials informed.

“The volunteer teachers are trained to carry out the learning modules in online mode. Various workshops are being conducted by States/UTs. At national level, the content is driven by the Cell for National Centre for Literacy (CNCL) at National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The teaching and learning material is available on the DIKSHA portal developed by NCERT. The sample assessment modules have also been made available on DIKSHA”, they added.

All States/UTs were sensitized through communication on March 11, 2022 alongwith a roadmap for implementation of the programme for conducting, among others, environment building activities by the involvement and use of social media platforms including Print/Electronic/Folk Media and Interpersonal Media to reach across the country including all rural areas and to create an atmosphere so as to motivate and spur potential literacy volunteers and learners and also to adopt multiple strategies,

keeping in view the local conditions, with active participation of community leaders, PRI functionaries, Mahila Mandals, Civil Society Organisation and educational institutions. As the NILP has commenced from the current financial year 2022-23, therefore, the funds allocated/utilized for the said programme during the last three years are not applicable.