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India: Education

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has given to educational development projects in India in each of the last three years. (205689)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has spent £161 million since 2005 in support of the Indian government's flagship ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ (SSA) universal elementary education programme: £58 million in 2005-06; £50 million in 2006-07; and £53 million in 2007-08.

SSA is the central government's prime vehicle for delivering on the universal primary education (UPE) millennium development goal (MDG) in India. The aim is to ensure that by 2010 all children in India are receiving eight years of basic education of acceptable quality, regardless of sex, caste, creed, family income or location. In addition to SSA, in the last three years DFID has also provided £27 million in support of primary education in the State of Orissa and £9.2 million in support of primary education in West Bengal.