** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

Readers’ Voice

25 January 2023

Government college and university fees need review

Former Finance Minister said a few years ago that fees of public (government) universities including medical colleges would be five times higher from next financial year. He pointed out that overall fees at public schools are very low such as the monthly tuition fee was Tk16 at public universities. But for unknown reason government did not increased tuition and other fees in public school, college and university during last five decades. Mostly students from affluent families study in public universities as they get more facilities for developing their potential and secure admission in public universities competing with common students. That is, the kids of affluent families get the opportunity to study in low cost but high standard public universities. Private universities usually charge Tk 50,000/ to Tk 120,000/ per semester from a student. Government needs to support more common students. Monthly tuition fee should not be less than Tk1,500 in public universities. In this backdrop I would like to urge the government to increase tuition fees in public institutions many fold, not five times as the Finance Minister stated a few years back. Simultaneously 50 percent students who are from poor families should be given a chance to study free of tuition fee in those government schools, colleges and universities.

Md Ashraf Hossain
Middle Bashabo, Dhaka

Encourage Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs are essential for economic development. This is why they have usually been considered as valuable assets for the economies of countries. However, Acomprehensive cycle revolves around producing successful entrepreneurs who can earn more money, create more jobs, improve financial conditions inside a country, and eventually stabilize the global economic situation.
Entrepreneurs can generate new business opportunities. More businesses mean more job opportunities. Successful entrepreneurs that deal with products and services require a workforce to effectively handle their operations. Furthermore, if a business is successful, more entrepreneurs are likely to plan to create new products and services in the same industry, paving the way for increased economic development.

Kamruzzaman Hasib
North South University

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