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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. of Development

Studies, University of Dhaka; and Mr. 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.


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