Around 78 percent students of public and private universities are struggling to pursue higher education as they have to reside in rented shared rooms or houses for lack of residential facilities at their varsities.
Only 29 percent students at public universities and 3.32 percent at private universities are currently getting residential facilities.
Most of the students at these educational institutions are compelled to reside in rented shared rooms or houses, pushing up the overall cost.
According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are a total of 643,619 students at public and private universities, except National University, Open University and Islamic Arabic University, in the country.
Of the students, 105,787 out of 314,930 at public universities are enjoying residential facilities at 232 dormitories which is 29 percent of the total.
Besides, only 10,937 students out of total 328,689 are availing themselves of residential facilities at 105 dormitories at private universities which is only 3.32 percent.
Even, there is no dormitory at a few public universities. Jagannath University (JnU), which was established in 2005, has a total of 17,038 students, but they are yet to get residential facilities.
Apart from this, there are no residential facilities for students at Rabindra University, Bangladesh, Chittagong Medical University, Rajshahi Medical University, Sheikh Hasina University, Khulna Agricultural University, Sylhet Medical University and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University.
The students, especially female ones, from remote districts, who are admitted to the universities, face difficulty in carrying on studies for not getting residential facilities. Talking to the Daily Sun, UGC Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah said a large number of students from low-income families study at the country’s universities but many of them are out of residential facilities.
All the universities, particularly those located in the capital, should ensure residential facilities for the sake of good academic atmosphere and reducing financial burden on the students, he said.
Shahidullah said, “At first the university authorities will have to take steps to resolve the accommodation crisis at the higher educational institutions. If they (universities) take steps, we will cooperate in this regard,” he added.
According to the UGC, the number of students at Dhaka University is 39,383 and the university has a capacity to provide residential facilities for 16,899 or 23 percent students at 23 dormitories as of 2020.
The number of students at Rajshahi University is 38,291. But only 9,072 of them or 23 percent are enjoying residential facilities at 18 halls of this public institute established in 1953.
Only 13,738 students out of total 16,929 of Jahangirnagar University are availing themselves of residential facilities at 16 halls.
Out of total of 27,483 students at Chittagong University, only 5,098 (19pc) are getting accommodation facilities at 15 halls of the university. Islamic University has a total of 15,997 students. Of them, only 3,594 (22pc) are receiving residential facilities at the university established in 1980.
The number of students at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is 8,851 but only 3,484 (39pc) of them are enjoying dormitory facilities at the university established in 1962.
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology has 8,059 students but only 2,437 of them have the opportunity to reside in dormitories of the university established in 1986.
The number of students at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University is 2,367. Of the total, only 284 (20pc) are getting residential facilities at the university.
A total of 5,188 students pursue their education at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University but there are residential facilities for only 1,562 of them.
Out of total 6,050 students at Comilla University, only 738 (8pc) are getting hall facilities at the public university. Only 837 (8pc) students out of total 10,099 at Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur are getting residential facilities.
Only 370 (6pc) students out of 8,198 are enjoying residential facilities at six halls of Bangladesh University of Professionals. There are a total of 7,342 students at Noakhali Science and Technology University. But, only 1,904 of them are getting accommodation facilities at the institution.
Only 428 (17pc) students out of 7,258 at Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University in Mymensingh are availing themselves of residential facilities. The number of students at Barishal University is 7,990 but only 1,463 are getting residential facilities at three halls of the university.
Only 2,061 (19pc) students out of total 11,056 are enjoying residential facilities at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University in Gopalganj. A total of 7,338 students are studying at Khulna University but only 2,272 of them have to opportunity to reside in its halls.
There are 11,547 students at Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University in Dinajpur but only 3,290 of them are enjoying hall facilities.
However, there are no residential facilities at most of the private universities in the country, leaving the students struggling to pursue their studies.
As per the UGC annual report-2020, only 10,937 (3.32pc) students out of total 328,689 are getting residential facilities at the private universities.