Internal Quality Assurance Cell (I.Q.A.C)
A POST-ACCREDITATION QUALITY SUSTENANCE ACTIVITY
(As per NAAC Guidelines)
In pursuance of the National Action Plan of the National Assessmentand Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, for performanceevaluation, assessment and accreditation and quality upgradation ofinstitutions of higher education, the NAAC proposes that every accredited institution should establish an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) as apost-accreditation quality sustenance measure. Since quality enhancementis a continuous process, the IQAC will become a part of an institution’s systemand work towards realising the goals of quality enhancement and sustenance.
The prime task of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious, consistentand catalytic improvement in the performance of institutions. The IQAC willmake a significant and meaningful contribution in the post-accreditation phaseof institutions. During the post-accreditation period, the IQAC will channelisethe efforts and measures of an institution towards academic excellence.
The guidelines provided in the following pages will facilitate the institutionin the creation and operation of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC).The work of the IQAC is the first step towards the internalization andinstitutionalization of quality enhancement. Its success depends upon the sense of belongingness and participation it can inculcate in all the constituentsof the institution. It will not be yet another hierarchical structure or record-keeping exercise in the institution; it will be a facilitative and participativevoluntary system/unit/organ of the institution. The IQAC has the potentialto become a vehicle for ushering in quality by working out interventionstrategies to remove deficiencies and enhance quality. Quality circles in industries operate on similar lines.
Operational Features of the IQAC
Quality assurance is a by-product of ongoing efforts to define the objectives of an institution, to have a work plan to achieve them and to specify the checksand balances to evaluate the degree to which each of the tasks is fulfilled.
Hence devotion and commitment to improvement rather than mere institutional control is the basis for devising procedures and instruments fo rassuring quality. The right balance between the health and growth of an institution needs to be struck. The IQAC has to ensure that whatever is donein the institution for “education” is done efficiently and effectively with high
standards. In order to do this, the IQAC will have to first establish procedures and modalities to collect data and information on various aspects of institutional functioning. The coordinator of the IQAC and the secretary 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 listed above. The operational features and functions discussed so far are broad-based to facilitate institutions towards academic excellence and institutions may adapt them to their specific needs.
- To develop a quality system for conscious, consistent and catalytic programmed action to improve the academic and administrative performance of the HEIs;
- To promote measures for institutional functioning towards quality enhancement through internalization of quality culture and institutionalization of best practices.
I.Q.A.C CO-ORDINATOR : Dr.Sajena Pillai : +91-9909250303