Due to the prevalence of Kavid-19, there has been a major collapse in the admission of students in private universities. Most of the higher education institutions are not getting students for admission even with big discounts on tuition fees, sources said. Due to lack of desired number of students, it has become uncertain for many universities to start teaching activities in the new semester.
Sources said, uncertainty, financial crisis, residing outside Dhaka students do not want to be admitted right now.
“Due to lack of adequate students and tuition fees, the private universities are in a big financial crisis. If this continues, many universities will not be able to continue their educational activities,” Hafizul Islam, registrar of a university told Business Mirror.
Private university admissions were closed for about three months from March to May due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Later, at the request of the university authorities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved the admission of students from June 1. Even though the end of June is approaching, the universities are not able to fill even half of the seats. As a result, classes for the new semester are scheduled to start from July 1, but that too has become uncertain.
According to the research, Daffodil International University in the capital used to admit about one and a half thousand students at this time in other years. So far this year, there have been more than 500 applications. About 150 students have been admitted in State University of Bangladesh, 130 in Bangladesh University and 300 in International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT).
Sheikh Kabir Hossain, president of the Bangladesh Private University Association and chairman of the board of trustees of Fareast International University, told about the student crisis.
About 1,300 students were admitted in the summer semester in other years at East West University, a permanent certified university in the capital. 900 students have been admitted this summer. About 1,400 students have been admitted to North South University. In addition, about 60 percent of the total seats at United International University have been sold.
There are two reasons why students are not admitted, the first reason is that the high school exams are going on at this time of the summer. As a result, the number of admitted students is less. Another is the ongoing corona situation. He said that as a result of Corona, online admission process is going on now. As a result, many people do not have laptops or smart phones. They are showing reluctance to admit. Again many students think they can’t do well in online class-exams. This is also one of the reasons why students are not admitted. Besides, many students are not able to get admission due to financial problems.
According to the UGC’s latest annual report, the number of students in private universities has been on the rise for several years. According to the report published in 2019, in 2016, the number of students in 90 private universities conducting higher education activities in the country was 3 lakh 54 thousand 333. From there, the number of students in 91 private universities increased to 3 lakh 61 thousand 792 in 2016. As a result, the number of students in the country’s private universities has increased by 6,459 in one year. However, the universities are talking about reducing the number of students this year due to the impact of Corona.