Status of IQAC in Quality Improvement: A Review

Vol-4 | Issue-03 | March 2019 | Published Online: 13 March 2019    PDF ( 159 KB )
Author(s)
Dr. Chiragbhai M. Darji 1

1Assistant Professor, Waymade College of Education, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Near GCET Engineering College-388120 Gujarat (India)

Abstract

With a view to enhancing quality in higher education institutions, Government of India established an assessment body i.e. National Assessment and Accreditation Council in the year 1994. The purpose of NAAC is not to discriminate the institutions but to address equality, quality, student satisfaction and provide need based education. Developing quality parameters and sustaining quality at the higher education institution is the top most challenge. As a result the NAAC prepared a framework for establishing Constitution called IQAC so that each and every aspect related to the institution can be addressed. Unfortunately, the ancient rigid system of leading institutions is still not ready to change. Consequently, IQAC becomes a second administrative body to collect and preserve documents. The role of IQAC is far behind this. In fact, the role of IQAC is widen as it has to track on each and every aspect like, Curricular aspect, teaching learning and evaluation, research, consultancy and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, governance, leadership and management, student support and progression and best practices. Talking about the status and role of IQAC, I don’t mean to say that the coordinator has to work like head of the institute but to work as substitute or co-supporter. Therefore, NAAC mentioned very clearly a senior professor must be kept as coordinator for IQAC but most of the institutions keep the one whose specialization is English thinking that the role of coordinator is to write a report in English. The paper talks about the objectives, guidelines of IQAC, loopholes of IQAC at various institutions, challenges of IQAC and guidelines or role of IQAC in quality improvement.

Keywords
Quality Improvement, IQAC, Status of IQAC.
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