Uttar Pradesh is best known for its significant contributions made in the field of education. The Continuous efforts of the State Government have played a crucial role in increasing the overall literacy rate of the state. The State Government of Uttar Pradesh has always encouraged the participation of the private sector in the education system of the state. Several Adult educational programs have also been launched for improving the situation of education in Uttar Pradesh. It has also done major investment for education at all levels. Just after Independence, Its literacy rate was 12% in 1951, and then increased to 57.36% in 2001. But According to 2011 census, the literacy rate was much improved to 69.72%. The persistent efforts of the State Government have played a crucial role in increasing the overall literacy rate of the state. The State Government has launched several schemes and programs for reducing the drop-out rates at schools in Uttar Pradesh. The Government is also trying to increase the retention rate at the schools in the State.