Vat on education is an immoral act: Prof. Emajuddin

Vat on education is an immoral act: Prof. Emajuddin

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Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr Emajuddin Ahmed on Saturday termed the government decision to impose VAT (value added tax) on private educational institutions an “immoral” act.
“There is no precedence of creating obstruction for education anywhere in the globe by imposing VAT. It is a major unethical task,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting at Engineers Institution, Bangladesh auditorium in the city.
He said the government has taken the decision to receive money from students in addition to their tuition fees as its future has become clouded. It has to come to such a position unable to go anywhere,”
Prof Emajuddin, a pro-BNP intellectual, made the comment when several lakh students of 83 private universities are carrying out non-stop agitation across the country demanding cancellation of VAT on the private universities.Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Dal (BNP) organised the meeting to mark the 8th jail release day of party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Emajuddin, who is also convenor of Adarsha Dhaka Andolon, expressed his satisfaction over the peaceful movement of private universities.
Referring to Khaleda Zia’s success in the four elections from 1991 to 2008, he said the former premier did not face defeat anytime. “The government is afraid to go for election keeping her in the race. That’s why she (Khaleda) has to appear before the court again and again,” he added.
He hoped that Khaleda Zia would continue her movement until the government steps down.
“We want to see her creative politics until the democracy is restored and rule of law is established. For which, leaders in all the 75 organizational districts have to be elected in democratic system,” he observed.
BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy said conspiracy is being hatched to pour Khaleda Zia in the prison again.
“Though Khaleda Zia had been released from the prison of 1/11 changeover she is now in a greater prison,” he added.
The BNP leader said the Awami League led government had poured over 37,000 leaders and activists of the BNP in jails but they would not send even 37 AL people also.
“We will not carryout extrajudicial killings and will not interfere in the judiciary,” he said.
Presided over by BNP vice chairman Shah Moazzem Hossain, the meeting also addressed, among others, by Shamsuzzaman Dudu, Advocate Joynal Abedin, MahbubuddinKhokan, Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon and Advocate Sanaullah Miah.
Ganosashtha founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, economist Mahbubullah, Prof Mustahidur Rahman and Tajmeri S Islam also addressed the meeting. – Staff Reporter

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