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VAT issue: Pvt varsity students call 3-day strike

11 September,2015

RTNN News Desk: The agitating students of private universities have called a three-day student strike to protest the imposition of VAT on their tuition fees.

They have also termed the government's assurance a 'trick'. The government on Thursday said that the students would not have to pay Value Added Tax (VAT). The university authorities would pay it.

Jotirmoy Chakrabarti, one of the coordinators of No VAT on Education, a platform of students, at a press conference on Friday made the announcement. The press conference was held on Stamford University's Dhanmondi campus.

Jotirmoy said, "We would observe the strike to press home our demand to immediately withdraw VAT on tuition fees. We also demand to formulate a policy on tuition fees through University Grants Commission (UGC) considering socio-economic condition of the country".

The strike would be observed at all private universities, medical and engineering colleges across the country.

The government has slapped 7.5 percent VAT on tuition fees of the private university students in the current fiscal year.

Protesting the government's decision, students have been agitating to withdraw it.

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