5 October, 2018
All about Money!
-Miss Jansi Dharamraj
The Reserve Bank of India Monetary Museum, Fort, presents the evolution of currency through the exhibits of paper money and archaic coins. A field trip was arranged for class 6 students of the school along with their class teachers and supervisor to visit the museum on the 4th of October, 2018 at 9:15am.
On reaching the venue, the students were given worksheets that had questions based on the RBI Monetary Museum. The worksheet was designed to serve as an important tool for their study of the museum. The students were divided into four groups following their class division. Two groups were led by a guide to witness the museum where coins of different eras such as Mughals and British were displayed. The coins of different shapes and sizes made the boys curious to learn about the history of coins. Meanwhile, Dr Radhakrishnan addressed the other two groups and introduced the boys to the RBI Monetary Museum history that was inaugurated in the year 1770.
Dr. Radhakrishnan conducted an activity where the boys had to differentiate between the old and new currency notes. He further explained that an original currency note should bear a ‘watermark.’ The new currency notes have the picture of Gandhi on the left-hand side, while the old ones have it on the right-hand side. He also urged the boys to refrain from folding the currency notes as it damages the note. “What do you think the currency notes are made of?” Dr Radhakrishnan quizzed the boys. The correct response was “cotton.” The Reserve Bank of India and the Government of India equally share the task of printing currencies. The students acquainted themselves with the name and life of the current governor of RBI, Mr Urjit Patel.
After the meaningful and informative session by Dr Radhakrishnan, a short 20 minutes documentary video was shown to the boys explaining the history of the currency notes. All the students at the field trip got a chance to engage in every activity planned for them. The students simultaneously filled in the answers in the worksheet provided. “It was fascinating experience to learn many things about the coins and currency notes of our country. Quite interesting!” remarked a student. The boys returned to school by 1pm carrying loads of learning about the RBI Monetary Museum. “This is the first time ever our school has visited a museum of this kind. It was nice walking down the memory lane and learning more about the evolution of currency and coins,” expressed the supervisor, Miss Pauline Vallado.