Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates two-day ULLAS Mela in New Delhi

In the 76 years of independence, literacy has gone up to almost 80% from a meagre 20% in 1947 – Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

A play-based model makes learning simple and enjoyable – Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated the two-day ULLAS Mela today at the National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi. Union Minister of State for Education Smt. Annpurna Devi was also present as the Special Guest. Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy (DoSEL), Shri Sanjay Kumar; Secretary, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari; Joint Secretary, DoSEL, Smt. Archana Sharma Awasthi; Director, NCERT, Prof. Dinesh Prasad Saklani; In-charge, Cell for National Centre for Literacy (CNCL), Smt. Usha Sharma; and other dignitaries were also present at the event. The dignitaries also visited the exhibition stalls of CNCL, NCERT and all the States/UTs showcasing the resource materials developed by them.

While speaking at the event Shri Pradhan said that hundred per cent literacy is the most important pillar of Viksit Bharat. He also said that ULLAS is spreading new colours in the lives of those who could avail education and making them proficient in subjects related to common needs along with Fundamental literacy and numeracy.


He urged everyone to participate in the programme to convert it into a mass movement. Students should also participate in this campaign, and under the new credit architecture, the student will earn credit points by helping others to become literate, he added.

If the mass movement is to be successful then the method of teaching and learning will have to be made simple and enjoyable, Shri Pradhan emphasized. Honest efforts should be made to design the method of teaching depending on the learners’ preference and need, he said. Shri Pradhan also said that the goal of complete literacy can be achieved only through a knowledge distribution system based on sports, folk language and things related to daily work.