Dhaka, Bangladesh
DU VC for raising allocation for higher education in new budget

DU VC for raising allocation for higher education in new budget

Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique Wednesday called for increasing allocation in the higher education sector in the upcoming budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018, reports BSS. “Alongside higher education, allocations need to be increased for all tiers of education, including primary, secondary and technical education,” Professor Arefin Siddique told a pre-budget discussion at Professor Abdul Matin Chaudhury virtual class room on DU campus. Emphasising the need for increasing budget for the women entrepreneur development sector, the VC said women are going forward in all sectors as the government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has given priority to female education. DU Center on Budget and Policy (CBP) organised the discussion titled “Pre-Budget Consultation-2017 With Particular Focus on Tertiary Education, Women Entrepreneurship Development and New VAT System” with its Chairman and DU Treasurer Professor Dr Kamal Uddin in the chair. DU Economics Department Professor Dr Bazlul Hoque Khondker and CBP Director and Development Studies Department Chairman Professor Dr M Abu Eusuf jointly presented a key note on the topic. National Board of Revenue (NBR) Member Barrister Jahangir Hossain, DU Law Faculty Dean Professor Dr Rahmat Ullah and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) Senior Research Fellow Dr Nazneen Ahmed took part in the discussion. DU Development Studies Department Professor Dr Niyaz Ahmed delivered the welcome address in the function. In their presentation, Dr Bazlul Hoque Khondker and Professor Dr M Abu Eusuf said the government’s VAT reform initiatives created concerns and confusions among the producers and the consumers in the country. The producers are more organized in Bangladesh and their voices are loud in the pre-budget discussions, they said and urged the NBR to take initiatives for awareness campaigns on how the new VAT system will protect the consumers’ interests. They suggested ensuring congenial atmosphere in the workplaces for women and building dormitories for women employees in the cities.

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