Today is International Literacy day!

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Celebrated annually on September 8, the International Literacy day was first declared at UNESCO’s general conference in 1966 to celebrate world literacy

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In India, National Statistical Office (NSO) released data for 2017-18 on state-wise literacy rate in the country for all aged 7 or above

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As per NSO, India's average literacy rate is 77.7%

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With 96.2% literacy, Kerala has once again emerged as the most literate state in the country

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While Andhra Pradesh featured at the bottom with a rate of 66.4%

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After Kerala, Delhi has the best literacy rate at 88.7%, followed by Uttarakhand’s 87.6% and Himachal Pradesh’s 86.6%

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On the other hand, Rajasthan is the second worst performer with literacy rate at 69.7%, followed by Bihar at 70.9% and Telangana at 72.8%

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More impressively, the gap between male and female literacy is the smallest in Kerala at just 2.2% points

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To put that in context, the gap at the all-India level is 14.4% points with male literacy at 84.7% and female literacy at 70.3%

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The report also revealed that nearly 4% of rural households and 23% of urban household possessed computer

NSO surveyed around 1.13 lakh households across 8,000 villages and 6,000 urban blocks