Quality Assurance is the means through which an institution can guarantee with confidence and certainty, that the standards of its educational provision are being maintained and enhanced. During recent years, the realization of the need for quality assurance in higher education has become a global phenomenon. Developing an internal quality assurance mechanism in every institution is highly important. This acts as a sustainable base for External Quality Monitoring.

Self-Assessment, being one of the tools used for achieving Quality Assurance is conducted by the institution itself. It is meant to assess whether the existing programs can meet the educational objectives and outcomes with the purpose and aims of improving the outcomes and outputs of the education system.

Recognizing the role that it has to play in the higher education sector, IAC has established a Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) as per the guidelines laid down by the HEC. This cell has the responsibility to ensure that the institute’s quality assurance procedures are compatible with the national and international standards and are designed to improve the quality of higher education. The QEC at IAC has been established through a mechanism by the Quality Assurance Committee to improve the standards and quality of higher education systematically.

Since its establishment, the QEC is actively involved in various activities taking place at IAC, including faculty development, improving learning, and teaching standards, determining stakeholder satisfaction, appraisal of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degree programs, and refining the support processes.

  • To evaluate and analyze the quality standards of teaching and learning in each subject area.
  • To develop assessment and evaluation methods and procedures.
  • To plan and instigate annual and semester-wise monitoring and evaluation of academic programs, faculty, and students.
  • To develop program specifications and quality assurance processes.
  • To incubate units and/or services as deemed necessary via in-depth analysis.
  • To evaluate the department and institutional assessment.
  • To ensure the quality of all degree programs.
  • To analyze and review academic affiliation with governing bodies and institutions.
  • To ensure the quality and standard of the degrees being awarded.

The QEC is committed to ensuring quality in teaching and learning and to creating policies and processes for all activities within the faculty to foster a conducive environment for knowledge transfer. We aspire to produce world-class graduates who will earn name and fame for IAC.

As mandated by the HEC, our work is geared to enhance the curriculum, attain excellence in teaching through faculty development, and ensure that the PEOs (program educational objectives) are achieved in a timely manner for every program being offered at IAC. Our main goal is to facilitate each School in establishing its strategic plan to gain recognition from regional, national, and international academic communities. Therefore, QEC is mainly focusing on three different areas to be evaluated:

  • Student Learning Outcomes: Assessing Students’ Knowledge and ability to do.
  • Teaching Performance: Effectiveness of the instructor in transferring “knowledge and ability to do to students”.
  • Services: Services given to students by the Institute/School outside the classrooms.
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Dr. Arfan Arshad (Ph.D.)
Director (QEC)

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  1. The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) is to be headed by the Director QEC and will be reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor. He/She is to be the correspondent with the outside bodies.
  2. QEC is responsible for promoting public confidence that the quality and standards of the award of degrees are enhanced and safeguarded.
  3. QEC is responsible for the review of quality standards and the quality of teaching and learning in each subject area.
  4. QEC is responsible for the review of academic affiliations with other institutions in terms of effective management of standards and quality of programs.
  5. QEC is responsible for defining clear and explicit standards as points of reference to the reviews to be carried out. It should also help the employees to know as to what they could expect from candidates.
  6. QEC is responsible to develop qualifications framework by setting out the attributes and abilities that can be expected from the holder of a qualification, i.e., Bachelors, Bachelor with Honors, Master’s, M. Phil, and Doctoral.
  7. QEC is responsible to develop program specifications. These are standard set of information clarifying what knowledge, understanding, skills and other attributes a student will have developed on successfully completing a specific program.
  8. QEC is responsible to develop quality assurance processes and methods of evaluation to affirm that the quality of provision and the standard of awards are being maintained and to foster curriculum, subject and staff development, together with research and other scholarly activities.
  9. QEC is responsible to ensure that the university’s quality assurance procedures are designed to fit in with the arrangements in place nationally for maintaining and improving the quality of Higher Education.
  10. Quality Assurance of Master’s, M. Phil, and PhD degree programs
  11. QEC is responsible to develop procedures for the following:
    1. Approval of new program
    2. Annual monitoring and evaluation including program monitoring, faculty monitoring and student’s perceptions
    3. Departmental review
    4. Student feedback
    5. Employer feedback
    6. Subject review
    7. Institutional assessment
    8. Program specifications
    9. Qualification framework