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Literacy has traditionally been described as the ability to read for knowledge, write coherently and think critically about printed material.

Literacy represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from print. Key to all literacy is reading development, which involves a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text. Reading development involves a range of complex language underpinnings including awareness of speech sounds (phonology), spelling patterns (orthography), word meaning (semantics), grammar (syntax) and patterns of word formation (morphology), all of which provide a necessary platform for reading fluency and comprehension. Once these skills are acquired the reader can attain full language literacy, which includes the abilities to approach printed material with critical analysis, inference and synthesis; to write with accuracy and
coherence; and to use information and insights from text as the basis for informed decisions and creative thought.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.

Literacy in India

Literacy in India is key for socio-economic progress, and the Indian literacy rate has grown to 74.04% (2011 figure) from 12% at the end of British rule in 1947.  Although this was a greater than sixfold improvement, the level is well below the world average literacy rate of 84%,and of all nations, India currently has the largest illiterate population. Despite government programmes, India's literacy rate increased only "sluggishly," and a 1990 study estimated that it would take until 2060 for India to achieve universal literacy at then-current rate of progress. The 2011 census, however, indicated a 2001–2011 decadal literacy growth of 9.2%, which is the slower than the growth seen during the previous decade.
There is a wide gender disparity in the literacy rate in India: effective literacy rates (age 7 and above) in 2011 were 82.14% for men and 65.46% for women.  The low female literacy rate has had a dramatically negative impact on Family planning and population stabilisation efforts in India. Studies have indicated that female literacy is a strong predictor of the use of contraception among married Indian couples, even when women do not otherwise have economic independence. The census provided a positive indication that growth in female literacy rates (11.8%) was substantially faster than in male literacy rates (6.9%) in the 2001–2011 decadal period, which means the gender gap appears to be narrowing.

 Top Scools in India

  1. Vasant Valley School, Delhi
  2. Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai
  3. Valley School, Bangalore
  4. The School – KFI, Chennai
  5. La Martiniere for boys, Kolkata
  6. The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
  7. Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore
  8. The Mother’s International School, New Delhi
  9. Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi
  10. Campion School, Mumbai
  11. National Public School, Indiranagar, Bangalore
  12. Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai
  13. Padma Seshadri Bala Bhawan Senior Secondary School, Nungambakkam, Chennai
  14. DAV Boys Senior Secondary School, Chennai
  15. DPS, RK Puram, New Delhi
  16. Sanskriti School, New Delhi
  17. Gitanjali School, Hyderabad
  18. Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore
  19. Step by Step, Noida
  20. Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi
  21. The Shri Ram School, Aravali, Gurgaon
  22. St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata
  23. The Riverside School, Ahmedabad
  24. Sloka School, Hyderabad
  25. Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
  26. St. James School, Kolkata
  27. Amity International, Noida
  28. La Martiniere Girls School, Kolkata
  29. Jamna Bai Narsee School, Mumbai
  30. Vidyashilp Academy, Bangalore
  31. Ryan International School, Goregaon, Mumbai
  32. St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore
  33. Pallikoodam School, Kottayam
  34. Inventure Academy, Bangalore
  35. DPS, Noida
  36. SBOA School and Junior College, Annanagar, Chennai
  37. St. Mary’s High School, Mazgaon, Mumbai
  38. Springdales Public School, Pusa Road, New Delhi
  39. St. Xavier’s High School, Mumbai
  40. Bishop Cotton Boys School, Bangalore
  41. Eklavya, Ahmedabad
  42. DPS, Mathura Road, New Delhi
  43. DAV School, Sector , Gurgaon
  44. Sishya School, Adyar, Chennai
  45. CHIREC Public School, Hyderabad
  46. J.B. Petit High School, Mumbai
  47. National Public School, Rajajinagar, Bangalore
  48. St. Joseph’s Indian High School, Bangalore
  49. St. John’s High School, Chandigarh
  50. Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania
  51. School, Thane
  52. Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai
  53. Bishop Cotton Girls, Bangalore
  54. Little Flower High School, Hyderabad
  55. National Public School, Koramangla, Bangalore
  56. Loreto House, Middleton, Kolkata
  57. DPS Ghaziabad
  58. DPS, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
  59. Modern School, Vasant Vihar, Delhi
  60. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
  61. Oasis International School, Bangalore
  62. The Bishop’s School, Pune
  63. APS, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi
  64. Bombay International School
  65. Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh
  66. Don Bosco High School, Mumbai
  67. St. Francis de Sales School, Janakpuri, New Delhi
  68. St. Mary’s School, Pune
  69. Convent of Jesus & Mary, Bangla Sahib Marg, New Delhi
  70. Carmel Convent School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
  71. Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai, Mumbai
  72. Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, Surbroto Park, New Delhi
  73. Modern High School, Kolkata
  74. St. Ann’s High School, Hyderabad
  75. Lotus Valley International, Noida
  76. Loreto Convent, Parade Road, New Delhi
  77. P.S. Senior Secondary, Chennai
  78. Kendriya Vidyalaya – IIT-Madras
  79. NASR School, Hyderabad
  80. Ryan International School, Whitefield, Bangalore
  81. Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai
  82. St. Thomas School, New Delhi
  83. St. Columba’s School, New Delhi
  84. Amity School, Saket, New Delhi
  85. The Ashram, Chennai
  86. Apeejay School, Noida
  87. Laxman Public School, New Delhi
  88. Loreto Convent School, Lucknow
  89. Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata
  90. Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamshedpur
  91. HPS, Begumpet, Hyderabad
  92. St Joseph’s, Pune
  93. Air Force School, Hebbal, Bangalore
  94. Kothari International School, Noida
  95. Mater Dei Convent School, Tilak Lane, New Delhi
  96. All Saints High School, Hyderabad
  97. St. Xavier’s Boys Academy, Marine Lines, Mumbai
  98. Gopi Birla Public School, Mumbai
  99. National Academy for Learning (NAFL), Bangalore
  100. Air Force Bal Bharati School, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
  101. Ashok Hall Girls Higher Secondary School, Kolkata
  102. Utpal Shanghvi School, Mumbai
  103. DPS, Dwarka, New Delhi
  104. Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi
  105. DPS Vashi, Navi Mumbai
  106. Rachna High School, Ahmedabad
  107. Villa Theresa High School, Mumbai
  108. DPS, Ahmedabad
  109. DPS, Gurgaon
  110. DPS, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad
  111. Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Chennai
  112. Loyola High School, Pune
  113. Gyan Bharti, New Delhi
  114. Ahlcon International School, New Delhi
  115. St. Anne’s, Pune
  116. St. George’s Girls Grammar School, Abids, Hyderabad
  117. Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Chembur, Mumbai
  118. St Michael, Patna
  119. DPS Rohini, New Delhi
  120. Fr. Agnel, Navi Mumbai
  121. Montfort School, New Delhi
  122. Apeejay School, Faridabad
  123. Jubilee Hills Public School, Hyderabad
  124. Ryan International School, Khargar, Navi Mumbai
  125. Apeejay, Shekh Sarai, New Delhi
  126. Loreto Convent, Darjeeling
  127. Maneckji Cooper School, Mumbai
  128. Loyola School, Jamshedpur
  129. Navrachana School, Vadodara
  130. Symbiosis International School, Pune
  131. Manav Sthali, Rajender Nagar, Delhi
  132. St. Vincent’s School, Pune
  133. Ryan International School, Kandivili, Mumbai
  134. Vidyaranya High School, Hyderabad
  135. DPS, Ruby Park, Kolkata
  136. Sacred Heart Public School, Chandigarh
  137. St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh
  138. DPS, Vadodara
  139. Loreto, Shillong
  140. St. Kabir Public School, Chandigarh
  141. Apeejay School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai
  142. Ramjas Sr Secondary School, Delhi
  143. G.D. Somani Memorial School, Mumbai
  144. La Martinere High School, Lucknow
  145. St. Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun
  146. St. Kabir School, Ahmedabad
  147. Brightlands School, Dehradun
  148. St. Germain High School, Bangalore
  149. Abhinav Vidyalaya School, Pune
  150. Don Bosco, Bandel, Kolkata
  151. Salwan Public School, Gurgaon
  152. Shaheed Rajpal DAV Public School, New Delhi
  153. DPS, Faridabad
  154. St. Paul’s, Agartala
  155. DAV Public School, Shrestha Vihar, New Delhi
  156. Ahlcon Public School, New Delhi
  157. Eicher School, Faridabad
  158. Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
  159. M.P. Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, Kolkata
  160. Calcutta Boys School, Kolkata
  161. Podar International School, Navi Mumbai
  162. Vivek High School, Chandigarh
  163. Amity School, Gurgaon
  164. Bal Bharti School, Pitampura, Delhi
  165. Seth M.R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow
  166. Heritage School, Gurgaon
  167. Chettinad Vidyashram, Chennai
  168. Swaminarayan International School, Bangalore
  169. Shishugriha, Bangalore
  170. Assam Rifiles, Shillong
  171. Venkateshwara International, Dwarka, New Delhi
  172. Manav Rachna International School, Faridabad
  173. Hans Raj Model School, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi
  174. Convent of Jesus & Mary, Dehradun
  175. Salwan Public School, Rajender Nagar, New Delhi
  176. The Gurukul, Panchkula, Chandigarh
  177. Baldwin Boys High School, Bangalore
  178. Blue Bells, New Delhi
  179. St. Anthony High School, Mumbai
  180. St. Mary’s High School, Hyderabad
  181. Johnson Grammar, Hyderabad
  182. PSBB Millennium School, Chennai
  183. St. Anne’s Convent School, Chandigarh
  184. All Saints High School, Pune
  185. Tagore International, New Delhi
  186. Udgam School, Ahmedabad
  187. St. Ann’s High School, Mumbai
  188. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai
  189. Apeejay, Pitampura, New Delhi
  190. DPS, Patna
  191. Chinmaya Central School, Hyderabad
  192. Gear Foundation, Bangalore
  193. St. Stanislaws High School, Mumbai
  194. St. Anne’s Girls High School, Kalbadevi, Mumbai
  195. Mount St. Mary’s, Delhi Cantt
  196. Christ Church School, Clare Road, Mumbai
  197. The Heritage School, Kolkata
  198. DPS, Chandigarh
  199. DPS, Bokaro
  200. New Era School, Mumbai
  201. Venkateshwara International, Bangalore
  202. St. Helena’s, Pune
  203. St. Mary’s, Navi Mumbai
  204. Swami Vivekanand School, Chembur, Mumbai
  205. St. Xavier’s Senior Sec School, New Delhi
  206. Guru Harkishan Public School, Purana Quila Road, New Delhi
  207. The Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore
  208. St. Augustines, Navi Mumbai
  209. Doon International School, Dehradun
  210. DPS Bhilai
  211. Salt Lake School, Kolkata
  212. Govt Sr Model School, Sector , Chandigarh
  213. Govt Sr Model School, Sector , Chandigarh
  214. Sacred Heart Marticulation High School, Churchpark, Chennai
  215. Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Bhubaneswar
  216. Ryan International, Faridabad
  217. Holy Angels Matriculation Higher Secondary, Mogappari, Chennai
  218. D.A.V. Public School, Bhubaneswar
  219. St Gregorious High School, Chembur, Mumbai
  220. Modern Vidya Niketan, Faridabad
  221. Sacred Heart, Navi Mumbai
  222. DPS, Kalinga, Bhubaneswar
  223. Children’s Academy, Kandivli, (Ashok Nagar), Mumbai
  224. St. Paul’s High School, Hyderabad
  225. Sacred Heart Girls High School, Bangalore
  226. Blue Bells Public School, Gurgaon
  227. Sophia High School, Bangalore
  228. Auxilium Convent, Bandel, Kolkata
  229. Lovely Public Sr. Sec. School, Krishna Nagar, New Delhi
  230. Holy Family School, Mumbai
  231. Rosary Convent, Hyderabad
  232. Assembly of God Church, Kolkata
  233. Our Lady of Good Counsel High
  234. School, Sion, Mumbai
  235. Children’s Academy, Malad, Mumbai
  236. St. Xavier School, Airoli, Navi Mumbai
  237. Calcutta Girls Schools, Kolkata
  238. Good Shepherd High School, Nungambakkam, Chennai
  239. St Lawrence, Navi Mumbai
  240. City Montessori School, Lucknow
  241. SS Mody International School, Jhunjhunu
  242. South Indian Education Society’s High School, Matunga, Mumbai
  243. St. Mary’s Convent School, Mulund, Mumbai