GST will raise cost of education

Dear friends many of us may be thinking that Goods and Services Tax (GST) will not hike the cost in education sector. But the fact is otherwise. That true that the services provided by many educational institutions will be exempted. Some items of daily use by students such as school bags, colouring books and notebooks will become cheaper. But there are several ways the GST will raise the cost of education. Most students will have to shell out more for studies. Here's how: The biggest factor will be the tax on services offered to educational institutions. Most educational institutions buy services like security, transportation, catering and housekeeping from third-party service providers. These will now attract 18% GST levy, which will reflect in higher fees. Though services such as transportation of students, catering and security provided to institutions from pre-school to higher secondary or equivalent have been exempted from the service tax, but the institutions of higher education will have to pay tax on these services. Students will also have to pay more for laundry, food in hostel mess, medicine, stationary and other services and products they buy on the campus. All such services will now attract a levy of 18 percent. Tax on such services was withdrawn in 2012 till April 2017 after which these used to attract a charge of 3 per cent. To put it in figures, if a student pays Rs 1 lakh in a year for a course in a top college, he pays Rs 3,000 as tax. After July 1, he will have to pay Rs 15,000 more in tax. The GST Council has kept traditional courses out of the tax net. But it has increased tax on non-conventional courses, certificate courses and training programmes from 14% to 18%. Tests and exams for admission to overseas colleges will also be subject to GST. So, if the fee of a professional course is Rs 10 lakh, you will now have to pay Rs 1.8 lakh more instead of Rs 1.4 lakh you paid earlier. Another major impact on students will be due to taxing of coaching fees. Till now, students enrolling in coaching institutions to get into professional courses such as engineering paid 15% tax. The new GST levy will be 18%. A student paying Rs 1 lakh to a coaching centre will have to pay Rs 1.18 lakh after GST, which is Rs 3,000 more.

Dr Rajiv Srivastava Director, SIRT Bhopal

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MANAGEMENT OF EMOTIONS

GOD WANTS US TO FEEL, OR HE WOULDN’T HAVE GIVEN US EMOTIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE

For many people, emotions are a scary thing. Part of the problem is that we just don’t know what to do with them. So we turn to the only strategies we do know. If you’re a man, you might distract yourself by playing video games, tinkering with your entertainment tools & If you’re a woman, you might shop or eat. Turning to these tools occasionally is OK, making them part of your regular coping repertoire, however, is problematic.

Emotions are valuable, and offer a bounty of benefits. Once we’re able to process and cope with them effectively, we can learn a lot about ourselves and our needs. Emotions send us important messages and help us connect with others and accomplish great things.

Now, don’t think for a minute that I’m suggesting that emotions are bad. To the contrary, emotions are a big part of life!

  • Can you imagine living in a world where you couldn’t feel love?
  • Can you imagine living in a world where you couldn’t feel passion?
  • Can you imagine living in a world where you couldn’t feel pride?
  • Can you imagine living in a world where you couldn’t feel enthusiasm or joy ?

Nor am I suggesting that you should go around holding your emotions inside, like a human pressure cooker just waiting to explode. All the medical research indicates that people who don’t have a proper outlet for their emotions are most at risk for heart attacks, strokes, ulcers and a whole host of other problems.

It’s okay to feel all your emotions, even the ones that we don’t like to acknowledge, like jealousy, and envy and yes, even anger. And under the right circumstances, it’s okay to vent those emotions.

Even the Bible doesn’t exhort us to deny our feelings, much less to suppress them. God wants us to feel the full range of emotions that He granted us, or He wouldn’t have given those of emotions to us in the first place! There’s even a place for feeling hate, for God commands us to “love the sinner, but hate the sin.”

Even though the Bible is full of stories about people who are punished for letting their emotions get the best of them.  Our Dharma Granthas also remind us that there are occasions when it’s perfectly appropriate to wear our emotions on our sleeve.

MAKE YOUR EMOTIONS WORK FOR YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU.

I can remind you time after time, managing your emotions doesn’t mean you stop feeling or even that you stop expressing yourself.

  • Managing your emotions means you don’t overreact or under react.
  • Managing your emotions means you take a moment to put things in proper perspective.
  • Managing your emotions means you remain firmly in control so that your emotions enhance your life, rather than ruin it.
  • Managing your emotions means making them work for you, not against you.

Dr  Rajiv Srivastava

Director, SIRT

www.sirtbhopal.ac.in

www.sageuniversity.in