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Books for Asia in India

The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program has distributed nearly 700,000 books and journals to Indian schools, universities, public libraries, and organizations since the 1950s.

Status of Education in India

With 1.15 billion citizens, India has achieved an adult literacy rate of 76.4% and female literacy at 53.4%. English is compulsory in all states and territories and usually is introduced in grades 6-10. Despite a dramatic increase in the number of universities in India, student access to books containing up-to-date information is severely lacking.

Current Focus

Books for Asia donates more than 10,000 new books a year contributed by American publishers to selected state colleges and universities that are terribly short of updated textbooks in business, medicine, law, engineering, environmental management, international relations, and other topics critical to India's development.



Thakur D. Aggarwal
Director, Program and Administrative Services

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