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As per an independent study commissioned by the Government of India the number of out of school children has decreased form 1.35 crore in 2005 to 81 lakh in 2009. The improvement in gender parity index at elementary level from 0.80 in 2000-01 to 0.93 in 2006-07, indicates the improvement in participation of girls at elementary level.
The Saakshar Bharat scheme also focuses on women’s literacy, especially in rural areas. 80 per cent overall literacy is targeted by the end of the 11th Plan period. The States/UT Governments have been informed that under Saskshar Bharat 70 million non-literates are to be made literate, of which 60 million will be women.