HC Deb 03 December 1937 vol 329 c2414W
Mr. T. Smith

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India how many Native universities there are in India; and what percentage of the Native population of India was literate in 1917 and 1937, respectively?

Lord Stanley

The answer to the first part of the question is 17. The years nearest to those specified in the second part of the question for which figures can be given are the Census years 1921 and 1931. In those years the percentages of the population of India (including the Indian States) aged 5 years and over which was literate were 8.2 and 9.5 respectively.

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