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SPPU to include topics on new tax in syllabus, private colleges to follow suit

PUBLISH DATE 5th July 2017

The rollout of goods and services tax (GST) has prompted the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) to revamp its economics, commerce and management syllabi, which will be introduced in the next semester starting December-January .

Instead of the previous curricula, which covered direct and indirect taxes, the books will now teach GST, its application and impact. Individual colleges too have started 2-3 month short courses on the GST for the benefit of students and others alike.

Prafulla Pawar, dean of the faculty of commerce and management studies at SPPU, said, “We have commerce and MBA programmes where taxes are taught to students in detail. For example, we have subjects called direct and indirect taxes. All this needs to change to make way for GST study . Then we have a diploma in taxation course, which again needs to be totally revamped. Lastly , wherever we are teaching taxes like in economics courses, we need to change the particular to pics to GST.“

He said, “All these components where change is needed are being identified at present. We will constitute an expert committee comprising academicians, industry experts and others to look into the current syllabi...We will have a revised syllabus within 2-3 months and will be implemented in December.“

Meanwhile, colleges have also started offering courses on GST. “We already have 34 add-on courses in our college and course on GST will be the 35th,“ Rajendra Zunjarrao, principal, Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, said.

These certificate courses are open for all. “We will be starting a three-month course on GST from August. The classes will be held in the evening,“ Dilip Sheth, principal, SP College, said.

“We will start a two-and-ahalf-month certificate course in August. Besides, we are planning courses on the new for various professionals,“ A B Dadas, director of the Neville Wadia Institute of Management Studies and Research, said.