On Monday, 16th June 2008, a “Budget Analysis Symposium” was organized in the conference
hall of Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka. The program was jointly
organized by Dhaka University Management Club and Profile of Bengal, a rapidly growing
website which aims at archiving the region’s history and evolution.
Panelists at the Budget Analysis Symposium
The symposium invited presentations from students of various private and public universities,
and seven teams from Department of Management and Institute of Business Administration
of Dhaka University; Social Science Department and James P Grant School of Public
Health of BRAC University, and University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh presented their
analyses on different aspects of the newly proposed National Budget 2008-09. The
panelists were a diverse group consisting of scholars, journalists and politicians:
Mr. Shawkat Hossain Masum, Business Editor of The Daily Prothom Alo; Sheikh Shahariar
Zaman, Senior Staff Correspondent, New Age; Dr. Abu Eusuf, Associate Professor, Dept.
Studies, University of Dhaka; andMr. Zunayed Saki, Politician made comments on the
presentations made by the students.
Ms. Tahmina Khanam, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Management,Dhaka University,
moderated the sessions.
The topics that were analyzed by the students included holistic issues such as poverty
and budget deficit, as well as specific sectors such as health, energy, employment
and climate change. Some very insightful presentations were followed by intelligent
questions from the audience and astute observations and criticisms from the panelists.
The output of the discussions is given below in the form of a mind-map.
Budget Analysis Symposium organized to encourage youth voice
Student participants at the Budget Analysis Symposium
The event was organized to induce a shift in the paradigm that policy issues such
as the budget are the exclusive domain of economists, senior journalists, elderly
politicians and the like. It aimed at encouraging youth, especially students, to
participate actively in the national policy discourse, and establish themselves as
concerned, responsible and proactive citizens of this country.