A workshop on “Effective Functioning of IQAC – Issues and Strategies” was organized by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of MIER College of education. Dr. Meenakshi Kilam, Director IQAC, University of Jammu was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Guest of Honour was Dr. Arun K. Gupta, Chairman MIER Group of Institutions. Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Dr. Renu Gupta, Director MIER, Dr. Adit Gupta, Joint Director MIER, Mr. A. K. Kaul, Head, HR and Quality Assurance, Dr. Annie Koul, HOD B.Ed. Department etc. About 35 participants comprising of Principals and IQAC Coordinators from about 15 NAAC Accredited colleges across Jammu region participated in the workshop.
Dr. Renu Gupta, Director MIER welcomed the chief guest, resource persons, other dignitaries and participants for gracing the occasion. She informed the audience that MIER is the first college in the region to get ISO certification and NAAC accreditation with Grade A. The workshop is aimed at providing orientation regarding how to make the functioning of IQACs effective so that quality as per the standards of NAAC and ISO can be ensured in the institutions, she said.
Dr. Annie Koul, HOD B.Ed. Department told about the purpose of the workshop which is to help the institutions of our region to overcome today’s challenges both for attaining, retaining and reporting quality without which they will not be able to sustain in this competitive world. She disclosed that the workshop was divided into four sessions for which expert resource persons were invited.
Dr. Kilam, in her keynote address, congratulated MIER for selecting such a pertinent theme for deliberations. She expressed her pleasure at the fact that IQAC has now received widespread acceptance and is now at a stage where the roles of IQAC are being discussed. She emphasised that the role of IQAC must be understood as an independent arm for quality initiation. The IQAC should work as an independent planning and monitoring body within the institutions and should now move to the next level of being intervention strategists rather than implementation strategists, she exhorted. Dr. Kilam wished the workshop all the success and hoped that the deliberations will prove to be fruitful for the participants.
Dr. Arun K. Gupta felicitated the delegates and said that it is an auspicious occasion as all of them had assembled to discuss the ways and means of making the functioning of IQAC in the colleges more effective. Ever since the XII Five year Plan was implemented, HRD Ministry has made it mandatory for all the colleges to get accredited from NAAC and also the guidelines of XI Plan of UGC direct all the higher education institutions to have an IQAC as a post accreditation quality sustenance measure. He insisted that quality is essential in today’s competitive scenario and we should not only take into account the national but also the global outlook where even teachers are being accredited individually. Quality assurance happens to be a continuous process and pursuit of high quality is the hallmark of progressive educational institutions like MIER, he said.
Later technical sessions were conducted which were addressed by Dr. Renu Gupta, on the theme ‘IQAC- Its Meaning, objectives and functions’; Mrs. Anjela Gadroo, Convener, IQAC on the theme ‘Role of Principals and IQAC Coordinators in Quality Sustenance and Enhancement’; Dr. Hemla Aggarwal, Principal, Govt. College for Women, Parade on the theme ‘Innovations and Best Practices for Quality Enhancement’. Mr. A.K.Kaul, Group Head, HR and Quality Assurance engaged the participants in group activity where they were divided into seven groups as per the criteria of NAAC. Each group leader came up with challenges and solutions as felt by the group. The group activity was interactive and provided hands on training on ‘Annual Quality Assurance Report. Each session was followed by discussion in which the delegates participated keenly and discussed their concerns.
Mr. A.K. Kaul, MIER formally thanked the distinguished guests and delegates. The entire progamme was ably conducted by Mrs. Komal Sharma, Asstt. Professor, MIER College.