Some 77 private polytechnic institutes in the country have failed to admit even a single student in diploma engineering courses under the current 2017-2018 academic session.
Sources said many of the institutions have been set up in divisional headquarters, including Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna, but they have failed to encourage students in technical education.
There are allegations that most of the private institutions are facing internal problems and failing to provide quality education although they are charging high tuition fees from their students.
Education ministry officials said the government has approved about 475 private polytechnic institutions with a view to enrolling 20 percent students in technical education.
But some institutions have failed to enrol a single student because of poor quality of education, high tuition fees, internal problems, lack of proper campaign and location disadvantage, an official said.
However, private polytechnic authorities said they are not getting students as the government-run institutions have doubled their seat capacity.
Rakibul Islam, president of Rajbari Institute of Science and Technology, told the daily sun that they failed to enrol any student in the last two academic sessions due to location disadvantage.
“Our institution is situated in a distance place from Rajbari town. There is another textile institute in the town and students show reluctance to get enrolled at our institute. Now we are trying to shift our institution in Rajbari town,” he said.
Rakibul said Rajbari Institute of Science and Technology started its journey in 2015 and enrolled 62 students in textiles engineering and garments design course in the first session.
Sheikh Naimur Rahman, a director of Mymensingh Polytechnic Academy, told the daily sun that they failed to enrol any student in 2017-18 academic session due to internal problem.
“We have enrolled expected number of students in the last six years. But we failed to get any student this year due to internal problems. Students are also showing reluctance to get enrolled in private polytechnics due to relatively higher tuition fees than that of the government-run institutions,” he added.
Naimur, however, said they will try to resolve the problems in the next academic session for the sake of existence of the institution.
The 77 private polytechnics are AVAS Fish Technology Institute, Noorjahan Ideal School and Agriculture College, SF Ideal Polytechnic Institute, Setara Abbas Technical and BM College, Authentic Institute of Science and Technology, Bishnudi Islamia Senior Madrasa, Mymensingh Polytechnic Academy, Barkol Simanta Technical Training Centre, New Sundarban Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, Ideal Krishi Projukti Institute, Al Madina Krishi Projukti Institute, NDC Krishi Projukti Institute, Khottapara Diploma In Engineering Polytechnic Institute, Uttar Bango Polytechnic Institute, Satkhira Institute of Science and Technology, City Institute of Diploma Engineering and IT, Ecosurv Polytechnic Institute, Charghat Agri Diploma Institute, Gorsar Agriculture Technical Institute, Noble Polytechnic Institute, Bogra Technical Institute, Kalikapur Agriculture and Technical College, Shah Mokdum Polytechnic Institute of Engineering Technology, Rajbari Institute of Science and Technology, Kishoreganj Textile Institute of Technology, Harikhali Agriculture Technical Institute, Balarampur Adarsha College, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Centre and School, Rajarhat Model Krishe Diploma Institute, Dhaka Engineering Institute, Memex Polytechnic and BM College, Rangamati CHT Polytechnic Institute, City Textile Engineering Institute, Gias Uddin Chowdhury Modern Academy, Dharmapur Polytechnic Institute, Smart Polytechnic Institute, Model Polytechnic Institute, Kashbon Polytechnic Institute, ST Institute of Science and Technology, Newcastle International College, National Institute of Technology, Khanjahan Ali Jute and Textile Institute, Muktijoddha Mofijul Haq Krishi Projukti Institute, Bashbaria Dakhil Madrasa, Prime Polytechnic Institute, Padma Institute of Technology, United Textile Engineering Institute, Digital Polytechnic Institute, Confidence Textile Engineering Institute, RIMT Medical Institute, Moshiahati Akkhoq Diploma in Krishi Projukti Institute, Kashipur Polytechnic Institute, Angiron Nessa Agriculture Technical Institute, Public Science and Technology Institute, New Sundarban Institute of Engineering and Technology, Prime Institute of Technology, Naria Polytechnic Institute, Adorsho Polytechnic Institute, Adarsha Polytechnic Institute, Prime Textile Engineering Institute, Chirirbandar Technical and Business Management Institute, Diadanga Ideal Technical School and College, AVAS Polytechnic Institute, Rajshahi City Textile Engineering Institute, Science and Engineering Institute, Institute of Textile Engineering and Clothing Technology, Rahman Skill Development Institute, Global Textile Institute, Mips Institute of Management and Technology, Chandrabaz Rashida Enam Textile Engineering Institute, Adarsha Polytechnic Institute, College of Fine Arts and Technology, Delta Textile Engineering Institute, Bagerhat Institute of Science and Engineering Technology, Khejurtola Multipurpose and Higher Polytechnic Institute, and Chittagong Private Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Wishing anonymity, a principal of an institute told the daily sun that private polytechnic institutes are facing difficulties in getting students because the government, in the last couple of years, approved a large number of private polytechnics without considering market demand.
Md Akhteruzzaman, director (curriculum) of Bangladesh Technical Education Board, refrained from making any comment about the admission of students at private polytechnic institutes.
“Private polytechnic institutes have just completed admission process. We are compiling their data,” he said.