Adult Education aims at extending educational options to those adults, who have lost the opportunity and have crossed the age of formal education, but now feel a need for learning of any type, including literacy, basic education, skill development (Vocational Education) and equivalency. With the objective of promoting adult education, a series of programmes have been introduced since the First Five Year Plan, the most prominent being the National Literacy Mission (NLM), that was launched in 1988 to impart functional literacy to non-literates in the age group of 15-35 years in a time bound manner.
"Our objective should be to bring the literacy rate not only on par with the world average but to the levels attained by the leading societies of the world."
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble President of India
on 'International Literacy Day' 8th September, 2014
"Our endeavor today is to generate public awareness regarding the significance of literacy and learning opportunities and celebrate the success of individuals and groups in the field of adult literacy."
Smt Smriti Irani , Hon'ble Union HRD Minister,
on 'International Literacy Day' 8th September, 2014.