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Updated December 30th, 2023 at 14:54 IST

Inclusion of financial literacy in core curriculum needed: FM

Sitharaman said apart from crash courses on financial literacy, educational system should embrace it too.

Reported by: Business Desk
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FM Sitharaman has advocated for teaching financial literacy in schools | Image:ANI
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Asserting that educational institutes are a foundation for financial independence, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has batted for the teaching of financial literacy in schools and colleges. Addressing an event in Chennai, the Finance Minister said teaching financial literacy was very important and it has to start early. She pointed out that presently financial literacy was not a direct part of the curriculum. “You have institutions like the RBI, SEBI and also some national security depositories. Financial literacy lessons are online too, spread over a couple of weeks, if you want to take that. But it should be taught in schools and colleges as part of the curriculum,” she said.

Replying to a question, Sitharaman said that there's no harm in importing raw material or intermediary products for a growing economy, if the aim was to emerge as a manufacturing hub. “Ideally I would like to have the exports more than the imports because it gives earnings. But if imports is going to gradually improve your exports, why not. If imports are there, its good sometimes,” she said.

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On the recent milestone of the country crossing the milestone of Rs 1 lakh crore defence production, Sitharaman said apart from making budgetary provisions to encourage indigenous manufacturing of defence equipments required for our armed forces, the Centre ensured that the products made by the MSMEs were certified by the Indian army in order to facilitate exports. Moreover, a mechanism to purchase products for 10 years was also in place, she added.

Quoting the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Sitharaman said the defence equipment exports which were Rs 20,000 crore this year was likely to reach Rs 24,000 crore target in three months. Talks were on with the African countries, Russia and Sri Lanka for bilateral trade in Indian rupees, the Union Minister said in response to another question.At a times when Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making a mark across various sectors globally, the Finance Minister said it was myth that AI will displace jobs. She said it would pave the way for emergence of skilled manpower to tackle the challenges in diverse fields. “You need people with expertise in AI. To use AI you need to develop the tools with which you can exploit the capacity of AI. Obviously, it will be done by people like you students," Sitharaman said. Certain new domain expertise that emerge would generate so many types of people and skill, too, with which AI could be exploited, the Finance Minister said. 

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(With PTI inputs) 

 

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Published December 29th, 2023 at 19:53 IST

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