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Gujarat may feel over jubilant organising ‘Vibrant Gujarat summit’ amid claims of resounding success saga on various fronts, but it is lagging behind than other states like Orissa, Bihar and Rajasthan in providing education to children in villages, says a report. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and others were left startled by the findings that rural Gujarat lagged much behind national average in key parameters of childrens’ education. “Only 59.6 per cent rural children ( standard 3-5) in Gujarat can read standard one text as against the all India average of 66.6 per cent. while only 43.1 per cent could do subtraction against the national average of 54.9 per cent,” Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Rural 2008 released on Tuesday mentioned. Read more at http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200901131966.htm

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