Only 27 out of the country's 105 private universities have paid full salaries of March and April to the teachers, officials and staffs amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most of the private universities have not yet paid salaries after the pandemic hit the country while some have paid only 30 to 50 percent salaries.
The universities that have paid full salaries include Brac University, East West University, United International University, Independent University, North South University, University of Liberal Arts, Notre Dame University, First Capital University, Bangladesh University of Business and Technology and International University of Business Agriculture and Technology.
Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology, Manarat International University, BGC Trust University, University of Information Technology and Sciences, International Islamic University, Chittagong, Varendra University, Rajshahi, Canadian University Bangladesh, Premier University, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, North Western University, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Gono Bishwabidyalay, Bangladesh Army University of Engineering and Technology, Exim Bank Agricultural University Chapainawabganj, Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib University, Jamalpur, American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) and the University of Asia Pacific have also paid full salaries to their teachers and staffs.
SM Mohiuddin, public relations officer of East West University, told The Business Standard, "It would have been difficult for us to survive in Dhaka with our families if we did not get our salaries in time. Regular salary also encourages us to perform well."
Mohammed Farashuddin, chief adviser and founder vice-chancellor of East West University, said, "The teachers and officials are our assets. We usually pay salary on the first day of every month. We did the same in the last two months without showing any excuse."
"We aim to build a skilled and well educated future generation who will lead the nation. Therefore, we do not want to compromise with our target," Farashuddin added.
Kazi Mahmudur Rahman, associate professor of the Department of Media Studies and Journalism at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, said they got the salary a day before April ends like they usually get.
"Regular salary will definitely inspire us to perform our academic duties perfectly," he said.
Professor Dr Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman, vice-chancellor of United International University, told The Business Standard that they have already paid both salaries and Eid bonus to their staffs.
"We gave the Eid festival bonus to our teachers and staff on May 11. It is our responsibility to make our faculties and staff happy," he said.
"We are capable of giving salaries for few months from the savings. But we will have to face difficulties if the pandemic stretches longer," he added.
Professor Kazi Shahidullah, chairman of University Grants Commission, said all universities were instructed to pay the salaries in due time.
He said private university owners have asked for loans from the government fund to function properly amid the pandemic.
"I have forwarded the letter to the government high-ups. They will now take the decision," he said.