Public and Private Universities are equally increasing their numbers day by day competing each other. Despite it, Universities are not able to accommodate students in both government, and non-government universities for ever increasing of students every year. The previous ten years statistics unveil that students in higher education is increasing every year. If the situation continues, we should search out an avenue to cope up this problem so that higher education seeker young people in a small country community may have opportunity to meet their demand easily. Renowned English magazine the Economist in its Intelligence Unit prepared a model for higher education for British Council in South Asia at the beginning of this year, a report said. According to the report, Bangladesh and South Asia, the interest in higher education is increasing, but here you have to think about new models of higher education. It may be the online higher education.
University Grants Commission UGC Chairman Abdul Mannan thinks, be it in the context of Bangladesh it will take time. At first, it needs a public policy for having higher education by on-line. Without it, we do not even need to enhance the technical capability.
He said quoting a study that Bangladesh requires nearly 400 universities in next 20-25 year. However, there is a constraint of resources. It should be kept in mind when we start to do or implement any policy or thing. Government alone cannot do it all; so private enterprises will have to increase. It is well to think that university is not just buildings and fenced; Knowledge creation, storage and distribution system should be furnished and developed there.
Agreed with The Economist’s report, Dhaka University Prof Syed Manjurul Islam said, the true potential for the field of higher education lies on on-line learning system. To take into account the importance of this issue, he urges government to come forward and take initiatives right now. It already have knocked the doors of learners by this span of time, Massive Open On-line Course already has been introduced to the study of students. Traditional and on-line education will once go forward bridging and coordinating relations each other.
According to University Grants Commission UGC, there were 19 public universities in the country in 2004. Number of students were one lakh 1 thousand 327.
By span of 10-years, public universities in the country rose to 34 and number of students rose to 2 million 20 thousand and 549 students. Excluding only 2 years, in 10-years, every year number of students in these universities was on rise. Students of National and open universities and public universities affiliated colleges were counted herewith.Excluding those, the number of students in public universities were 2 lakh 10 thousand 602 in 2013.
Apart from public universities, side by side private universities were on rise.. Students are increasing every year there also. According to data of UGC, number of students at private universities were I lakh 24 thousand and 267 in 2006 while in 2013, it stood at 3 lakh 28 thousand 736. Here rise of percentage of students has increased every year. With the increasing range of students and universities, a large number of students have not have the chance to enter into study in these universities. Cause, more students are promoting for having higher education every year but a little from them get opportunity to get into admitted to these universities.
Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics, BANBEIS in the year of 2013, there were 32 Public Universities (with the exception of national and public) where for the first year enrollment capacity was 57 thousand and 162 and in 68 Private Universities there had capacity 1 lakh 45 thousand and 25 only. That is, with the exception of national and public universities and public and private universities in the two lakh two thousand 187 seats. That means public and private universities excluding National and Open University, there were 2 lakh 2 thousand and 187 seats for the higher education seeker young students. Whereas number of students who passed the Higher Secondary in 2013 was 5 lakh 79 thousand and 297. Besides, 80 thousand students more succeeded in the Madrash Education Board while 6 lakh 92 thousand and 690 students passed in 2014. Result of HSC examination from 2004 to 2013 reveals that the number of higher education seekers rise by twice by crossing of 10 years. Only exception of 2009, number of passing students increased each year.