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Anticipating Growth and Inclusion: Budget 2024 Expectations

Saurabh Paradkar
January 30, 2024

As the nation eagerly awaits the interim union budget for 2024-25, to be presented on February 1, there is an air of anticipation among students, academicians, and industry professionals alike. With the general elections looming on the horizon, it is widely expected that the government may refrain from making major policy decisions in this interim budget, leaving investors to look forward to the next fiscal year for significant announcements.

In the midst of this political landscape, it becomes crucial to understand the expectations and aspirations from Budget 2024, especially in the realm of management education. As the economic backbone of any nation, the budget plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of various sectors, including education. Here are some key pointers to consider in the context of the upcoming budget:

1. Focus on Growth and Inclusion:

The 'vote on account' should be centred on fostering growth and inclusion. In the wake of the ongoing global uncertainties, it becomes imperative to steer the economy towards sustainable development. For management colleges, this translates into a demand for policies that not only facilitate growth but also ensure inclusivity across different strata of society.

2. Boosting Growth through Strategic Investments:

To catalyse growth, the budget should earmark investments in key sectors that act as catalysts for overall economic development. Prioritising areas such as road infrastructure, railway expansion, water management, renewable energy, digital education, and healthcare can create a robust foundation for sustainable growth.

3. Financing through Asset Monetisation and Divestment:

While proposing investments, it is equally important to address the fiscal aspect. The budget should outline a clear strategy for financing these growth initiatives. Asset monetisation and divestment can serve as viable avenues, ensuring that the path of fiscal prudence is maintained. This not only attracts private investments but also optimises the utilisation of public resources.

4. Unlocking Savings from Gold Investments:

A unique aspect that Budget 2024 could explore is unlocking savings traditionally invested in gold. By incentivising individuals to shift their investments from physical assets to more liquid and growth-oriented avenues, the government can tap into internal resources. This, in turn, reduces the reliance on global capital and fortifies the domestic financial ecosystem.

5. Digital Transformation in Education:

Given the significant shift towards digital modes of education, there should be a focus on enhancing the digital infrastructure of educational institutions. Budgetary allocations for upgrading technological capabilities, facilitating online learning, and promoting research in emerging fields are essential to keep pace with the evolving educational landscape.

Conclusion: A Pathway to Resilient Growth

As the management community eagerly awaits the unveiling of Budget 2024, the anticipation revolves around the government's commitment to resilient growth and inclusive development. These expectations translate into strategic investments, fiscal prudence, and a keen eye on emerging trends in education.

While the interim budget might not witness groundbreaking policy decisions, its role in setting the tone for the subsequent fiscal year is undeniable. The management fraternity looks forward to a budget that not only navigates the challenges at hand but also lays the groundwork for a dynamic and prosperous future. As the saying goes, "the best way to predict the future is to create it," and Budget 2024 presents an opportunity for the government to do just that.

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