Economic crisis: US aid to India drops
The US will also use its developmental assistance to support innovations in literacy and to improve the quality of basic education in India.
"The United States will continue to strengthen basic education in India and will support innovations in early grade reading," it said.
Noting that India has successfully attained 96 per cent enrollment in the primary grades, the State Department said, the quality of education however lags, with 52 per cent of students in grade five not reading at a second grade level.
USAID will work with public and private partners in India to catalyse innovations in early grade reading that address not only India's challenges, but can also be applied globally.
Observing that India has been the victim of attacks by international terrorist groups that are also hostile toward the US, the State Department told the Congress that strengthening India's strategic trade control systems and building greater Indian conventional military capacity will create a stronger partner to address regional and global challenges.
Further, the Department of State programs will improve India's capabilities to counter terrorism, address terrorism financing, and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Counterterrorism training programmes will build mutual trust, transparency, and credibility in order to find new ways to curb threats, prevent attacks, block funding sources, and bring terrorists to justice by partnering with Indian law-enforcement agencies.
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