Speakers at a programme urged the government not to impose any tax on private universities which are now struggling to survive amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fifteen percent tax on the income of private universities in the proposed budget of 2021-22 FY will put extra burden on students, they said.
The speakers came up with the remarks while addressing a webinar on ‘Post Budget (FY 2021-22) Discussion: Education Sector in Focus’ on Wednesday night arranged by the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB).
In her speech, former advisor to a caretaker government Rasheda K. Choudhury said policymakers have failed to understand the impact of the pandemic on education sector as it was not given priority like other sectors in the proposed budget.
IUB Pro-VC Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan, Dean Professor Dr. Taiabur Rahman and Dhaka University Development Studies Department Professor Dr. Mohammad Abu Eusuf participated in the event, among others.
The event highlighted the consequences of the pandemic, the government’s responses to the crisis, and education sector in ADP allocation.
Apart from this, a plan to save higher education sector by enhancing ICT support for students of public university was presented at the event.