Issue 11 | July 2009
India has over 300 universities and 15,600 colleges turning out 2.5 million graduates a year. In terms of volume production, the country trails behind only the USA and China. Yet this large mass of highly educated Indians co-exists with a large mass of illiterates.
The National Literacy Mission was launched in the 1990’s, exhorting educated Indians to give back to society and while it struck the right emotional note, it led to little direct action.
Many middle-class Indians have emerged from challenging backgrounds themselves and are sensitive to the plight of those they may have left behind.
The question was, how could this fantastic resource be used for the good of all?