International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 8, Part J (2016)
Status of literacy in West Bengal: A geographical appraisal
Sanchita Saha, Dr. Gopal Chandra Debnath
Literacy and Education are vital developmental indicators for a nation. According to Indian Census definition ‘Literacy’ means ‘a person who can read and write a simple message in any language with understanding is considered literate’. The present paper focuses the Literacy condition of West Bengal and its districts. In 2011 Census 74.04% peoples are literate in the country and in West Bengal it is 77.08%. The Literacy rate of West Bengal is very close to national average since long past. This paper investigates the actual spatial pattern of general literacy along with Scheduled Caste and Tribe Literacy. The Changing rate of literacy from 1991 to 2011 also differs from district to district. The paper tries to find out the reason and pattern of such disparities.
Female literacy in West Bengal is poor than male literacy, it is 70.54 percent. In 2011 census the difference of Male and Female literacy is high 11.15. This difference is more prominent among the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe population. The rate of literacy and its pattern obviously vary in rural and urban Bengal. This paper also explores these vital issues.
The study is based on secondary data. Maximum relevant data is taken from the 1991, 2001 and 2011 census reports, of West Bengal.
How to cite this article:
Sanchita Saha, Dr. Gopal Chandra Debnath. Status of literacy in West Bengal: A geographical appraisal. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(8): 657-664.