The primary aim of IQAC is -
• To develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic action to improve the academic and administrative performance of the institution.
• To promote measures for institutional functioning towards quality enhancement through internalization of quality culture and institutionalization of best practices.
IQAC has evolved mechanisms and procedures for-
a) Ensuring timely, efficient and progressive performance of academic, administrative and financial tasks
b) The relevance and quality of academic and research programmes
c) Equitable access to and affordability of academic programmes for various sections of society
d) Optimization and integration of modern methods of teaching and learning
e) The credibility of evaluation procedures
f) Ensuring the adequacy, maintenance and proper allocation of support structure and services
Expected functions of the IQAC are:
a) Development and application of quality benchmarks/parameters for various academic and administrative activities of the institution
b) Facilitating the creation of a learner-centric environment conducive to quality education and faculty maturation to adopt the required knowledge and technology for participatory teaching and learning process
c) Arrangement for feedback response from students, parents and other stakeholders on quality- related institutional processes
d) Dissemination of information on various quality parameters of higher education
e) Organization of inter and intra institutional workshops, seminars on quality related themes and promotion of quality circles
f) Documentation of the various programmes/activities leading to quality improvement
g) Acting as a nodal agency of the Institution for coordinating quality-related activities, including adoption and dissemination of best practices
h) Development and maintenance of institutional database through MIS for the purpose of maintaining /enhancing the institutional quality
i) Development of Quality Culture in the institution
j) Preparation of the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) as per guidelines and parameters of NAAC, to be submitted to NAAC.
k) Sharing of research findings and networking with other institutions in India and abroad.
Role of IQAC
The role of the coordinator of the IQAC is crucial in ensuring the effective functioning of all the members. The coordinator of the IQAC may be a senior person with expertise in quality aspects. She/he may be a full-time functionary or, to start with, she/he may be a senior academic/administrator entrusted with the IQAC as an additional responsibility. Secretarial assistance may be facilitated by the administration. It is preferable that the coordinator may have sound knowledge about the computer, its various functions and usage for effective communication. The coordinator of the IQAC and the secretary will have a major role in implementing these functions. The IQAC may derive major support from the already existing units and mechanisms that contribute to the functions.
NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL
NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NAAC) is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country. It is an outcome of the recommendations of the National Policy in Education (1986) which laid special emphasis on upholding the quality of higher education in India. To address the issues of quality, the National Policy on Education (1986) and the Plan of Action (POA-1992) advocated the establishment of an independent national accreditation body. Consequently, the NAAC was established in 1994 with its headquarters at Bengaluru.
NAAC, Bengaluru has given five core values to be fulfilled by the Higher Education Institution. The values are
• Contributing to National Development
• Fostering Global Competencies among Students
• Inculcating a Value System among Students
• Promoting the Use of Technology
• Quest for Excellence
In addition to these values the institution has given emphasis on the inculcation of human values among the students through various activities conducted throughout the academic year.
For more details visit: www.naac.gov.in