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The State Resource Centre (SRC) for Adult and Continuing Education was established in 2004 in Ranchi, the state capital of Jharkhand. It was established under the aegis of the National Literacy Mission, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under the scheme to support the non-government organization’s working in the field of adult education. The State Resource Centre, ADRI, Ranchi is registered under the Society’s Registration Act 21, 1860 with the Government of Jharkhand. The SRC is run by ADRI Society, Patna but has its own Governing Body in Ranchi.

The key responsibility of SRC is to provide academic and technical support for the on going adult literacy programme. However the National Literacy Mission mandated following main tasks for the SRC: 

  • To provide quality reading materials to aid the on-going literacy programmes,
  • To provide training to literacy functionaries on both organizational and pedagogic issues
  • To organize seminars and workshops, which help in upgrading awareness and skills of literacy functionaries
  • To develop literacy materials like Primers for Basic and post literacy and other supplementary reading materials for the neo-literates, 
  • Creation of environment conductive to the propagation of literacy
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of literacy programmes. 

In addition to the literacy related activities, SRC also runs a Population Development Education (PDE) Cell to carry out health related activities particularly with focused attention in the rural areas.

The Population & Development Education for the Adult non-literates and neo-literates was started in the year 1987. It is so far implemented in three phases jointly by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and National Literacy Mission (NLM), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) through the State / Regional Resource Centres for Adult Education. Since 2001, UNFPA discontinued funding for this programme but the NLM continued the assistance to the Regional / State Resource Centres from its regular funds. 

Key Activities of PDE Cell 

  • Material Preparation.
  • Training of Literacy Functionaries.
  • Research & Evaluation Studies.
  • Outreach activities like observance of important days, holding health camps etc.

Objective

The main objective of PDE is to make people, especially adult non-literates and neo-literates, aware about PDE issues like, small family norms, birth spacing, women empowerment, reproductive child health care etc. 

The thrust area for the SRCs to impart training and develop reading material for the target group includes:

  • Reproductive Health 
  • Women Empowerment
  • Gender Equality
  • Family Planning 
  • Preventive and Curative education for STD / HIV / AIDS
  • Responsible Parenthood  
  • Right age of Marriage 
  • Adolescents Reproductive Health and Education 
  • Population Growth and Environment
  • Beliefs and Traditions  

In Jharkhand State, the activities under Population Development Education (PDE) Cell were initiated by SRC, ADRI Ranchi in the year 2005. Since inception, the PDE Cell in Ranchi has always endeavored to organize activities to create awareness on population development issues by organizing 

  • Health Camps
  • Training Programmes
  • Observing Important Days
  • Preparing and Publishing Books and Materials   

Status of Adult Literacy ProgrAMME IN JHARKHAND, AT A GLANCE (AS ON MARCH 2009)

District TLC PLP CEP PRI
Dumka         Yes Yes Ongoing (Stagnant) Approval awaited
Jantara Yes Yes Approval awaited Ongoing
Godda Yes Yes - -
Sahibganj Yes Yes Approval awaited Yes
Deoghar Yes Approval awaited - N.A.
Pakur Yes Yes Approval awaited Yes
Ranchi Yes Yes Ongoing -
Lohardaga Yes Yes Approval awaited Yes
Gumla Yes Yes Approval awaited Yes
Simdega Yes Waiting - N.A.
East Singhbhum Ongoing - - N.A.
Phase II
West Singhbhum Approval awaited - - Approval awaited
Saraikela Kharsawan Yes Approval awaited - N.A.
Dhanbad Yes Yes Ongoing -
Hazaribagh Yes Yes Ongoing -
Chatra Yes Yes Approval awaited Ongoing
Giridih Yes Yes Approval awaited Yes
Koderma Yes Ongoing - Under mopping-up
Bokaro Yes Ongoing - N.A.
Palamau Yes Waiting - Yes
Latehar Yes Yes Approval awaited N.A.
Garhwha Yes Yes Approval awaited Yes
Khunti* Yes Yes Ongoing ZSS to be constituted
Ramgarh* Yes Yes Ongoing SS to be
constituted

* Khunti and Ramgarh are newly created district separated from CEP district Ranchi and Hazaribagh respectively.


TLC=Total Literacy Campaign
PLP= Post Literacy Programme
CEP=Continuing Education Programme
PRI= Project for Residual Illiteracy


Restructured Programme of NLM under the 11TH Five Year Plan

Saakshar Bharat Mission

The Saakshar Bharat Mission is a centrally sponsored re-structured literacy programme of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The programme was launched by the Prime Minister of India on 8th September 2009. The Saakshar Bharat aims to further accentuate adult education, specially by women, by extending educational options to those adults who having lost the opportunity of formal education and transcended the age of formal education, now feel a need for learning of any type, including literacy, basic education (equivalency to formal education), vocational education (skill development), physical and emotional development, practical arts, applied science, sports and recreation.

Objective

The mission has following broad objectives:

  • Impart functional literacy to non literate adults.
  • Enable the neo-literate adults to continue their learning beyond basic literacy and acquire equivalency to formal education system
  • Equip non and neo literates with vocational skills to improve their living and earning conditions
  • Establish a learning society by providing opportunities to neo-literate adults for continuing education

The principal target of the mission is to cover 15+ age group of non literates (approx 70 million adults) in the selected 365 districts by 2012, where literacy rate is 50% or less in the 28 states/union territories.

The programme in the selected districts would be taken up in a phased manner. In the first phase the programme has been started in nearly 175 districts including four continuing education phase districts (Dumka, Ranchi, Dhanbad and Hazaribagh) of Jharkhand.

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