(a) what is higher education? (b) What are the categories of higher education in Bangladesh? (c) How many people public, private university and colleges are there in Bangladesh? (d) What are the future are public universities? (e)Why access to university education limited in Bangladesh? (f) How can this problem be solved?
Higher education is an advanced level of studies. It is also called tertiary education. It’s courses are studied at universities, colleges and higher educational institutions. Higher education in Bangladesh comprises two categories of institution: degree awarding universities and college affiliated to the National University; but each of the medical college is affiliated with a public university. Right now, there are 37 public universities in the country while there were only four universities before independence. Moreover, there are 80 private and 3 international universities providing higher education. Number of colleges providing higher education is around 1,400. Most of them offer BA (Pass) of three years’ during and only one-third of them offer B.A (Honors) courses.
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Public university are the foremost choice of the majority students who seek higher education. These universities offer various in subject, commerce, humanities, engineering and technology, laws, education and medical disciplines. Their library, laboratory, internet and research facility are much better than anywhere else in the country. Moreover, residential facilities subside rates are available in these public universities. Because of limited number seats in public universities, and high tuition fees charged by the public universities, access to university education is rather limited in Bangladesh. We cannot solve the problem over night but it can be lessened gradually. The number of public must be increased. High charges at the private universities should be reduce so that the poor students can have the access to the institutions. In this regard the government should take the responsibility and necessary steps.