The National Assessment and Accreditation Council advocates the establishment of Internal Quality Assurance Cell
(IQAC) by all the accredited institutions as a post accreditation quality sustenance activity. After the first assessment,
wherein the College was accredited at the B+ Level & institutional score of 75%, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
of Sonarpur Mahavidyalaya was established on 17.06.2006. Dr. Sakuntala Das became the 1st coordinator & carried out his
responsibility from 17th June 2006 to 27th May 2012. Dr. Kripanath Mishra took over on 28th May 2012 & has successfully
steered IQAC till date.
|IQAC meeting in progress(Photo 05)
Overview of Activities:
Goals of IQAC
◈ Planning and preparation of proposals to implement the recommendations of the NAAC peer team during the cycle 1 visit for Assessment and Accreditation in 2007;
◈ Ensuring timely, efficient and progressive performance of academic, administrative and financial tasks;
◈ Optimization and integration of modern methods of teaching and learning;
◈ Overviewing the plans to implement credibility of evaluation procedures;
◈ Ensuring the adequacy, maintenance and proper allocation of support structure and services;
◈ Sharing of research findings and networking with other institutions in India and abroad.
Functions of IQAC
◈ Development and application of quality benchmarks/parameters for various academic and administrative activities of the institution;
◈ 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;
◈ Arrangement for feedback response from students, parents and other stakeholders on quality-related institutional processes;
◈ Dissemination of information on various quality parameters of higher education;
◈ Organization of inter and intra institutional workshops, seminars on quality related themes and promotion of quality circles;
◈ Documentation of the various programmes/activities leading to quality improvement;
◈ Acting as a nodal agency of the Institution for coordinating quality-related activities, including adoption and dissemination of best practices;
◈ Development and maintenance of institutional database through MIS for the purpose of maintaining /enhancing the institutional quality;
◈ Development of Quality Culture in the institution;
◈ Preparation of the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) as per guidelines and parameters of NAAC, to be submitted to NAAC.
Benefits of IQAC
◈ Ensure heightened level of clarity and focus in institutional functioning towards quality enhancement;
◈ Ensure internalization of the quality culture;
◈ Ensure enhancement and coordination among various activities of the institution and institutionalize all good practices;
◈ Provide a sound basis for decision-making to improve institutional functioning;
◈ Act as a dynamic system for quality changes in HEIs;
◈ Build an organised methodology of documentation and internal communication.
The IQAC communicate and engage staff from different constituents of the institution by the
◈ Representatives of all stakeholders—Teachers, Students, Non-Teaching Staff, Alumni association and Management - are present in the IQAC team who give their opinions and also convey the work, plan and activities of IQAC to their communities.
◈ It has been earlier stated that all strategies of IQAC are formulated with consultation of other faculty members. Further at the time of execution of the plans, the staff members and students are involved. As they are with IQAC from the seeding, planting, and cultivating process, this association contributes to the effective functioning of the college.
The Institution has an integrated framework for Quality Assuarnce of the academic and administrative activities. They are:
◈ Strategies have been adopted by the institution to satisfy the needs of the students from diverse backgrounds including socio-economic backward community complying with all the norms of the Government.
◈ Mechanisms to adopt Learner-centric education approach, academic planning, improved and use of modern teaching-learning aids and application of ICT resources to make the curriculum interesting and effective for the students to facilitate effective learning outcome.
◈ Mechanism for the upkeep of the infrastructure facilities and promote the optimum use of the same to maintain the quality of academic and other programmes on the campus.
◈ Mechanism to introduce skill -oriented Vocational Courses, opportunity of higher education to adult earning students to achieve core competencies & develop entrepreneurial approach to face the global requirements successfully.
◈ Mechanism to promote research culture, research publication, & professional development faculty members for quality enhancement of the teaching community
◈ Mechanism to participate in community services through extension Programmes to develop innovative, creative, value-based education for inculcating social responsibilities and good citizenry amongst its student community.
◈ Mechanism for participation of the students in various cultural and sports activities to foster holistic personality development of students.
◈ Facilitating mechanisms like career and counselling cell, Remedial-coaching Classes for socio-economically backward students, grievance redressal cell and welfare measures to support students.
The institution undertakes Academic Audit or other external review of the academic provisions and its outcomes:
◈ The institution undertakes Academic Audit. After thorough analysis by IQAC and academic subcommittee of the college, strategies are evolved to raise the graph of achievements and widen the horizons.
◈ The Academic Audit Report is sent for vetting by the University and vetted after thorough analysis and verifications of the information which the University has with them.
◈ The outcomes — such as student intake, results, research etc are analyzed and adequate measures are taken to the institutional activities for the betterment of the institution.
◈ This audit definitely improves the quality of the institutional programmes. They are geared up toward their goals, for example the review of results brings out the low, average and high performance. Thereafter each student is taken care of according to her capacity. Remedial courses are conducted for the weak students.
◈ Many times, new additions are made in the infrastructure to improve the teaching learning process. Every department keeps on adding equipment, books, journals, software for the benefit of the students.
The internal quality assurance mechanisms aligned with the requirements of the relevant external quality assurance agencies/regulatory authorities:
◈ The college follows all university rules, UGC guidelines, Guidelines of NAAC and DPI instructions and maintains standards in teaching-learning process, conduct of examination & evaluation. It also avails many welfare schemes offered by these agencies, conducts academic and co-academic programmes as per the calendar of the University.
The institutional mechanisms are in place to continuously review the teaching learning process-- details of its structure, methodologies of operations & outcome:
◈ Academic calendar & Teaching Plan: The detailed layout of the teaching plan is offered in the Academic Calendar. The plans generally highlight the content and time schedule for completion of the chapters. This enables the Students to know the academic programme and the components to be learnt and to give examination. Moreover, the teachers would know the time frame for teaching – learning process and ensure the total attention for the completion of syllabi and possible revision. The Head of the Department distributes syllabus of the University for each subject taught in the College among the teachers in the respectivedepartment. Monitoring and necessary mid-term corrections are made primarily by the Head of the department in consultation with respective Teachers in the departmental meetings.
◈ Learner-centric education approach through appropriate methodologies like Academic Calendar, Interactive & instructional techniques like audio-visual mode of teaching, ICT based learning, organizing seminars, debates, Lectures by experts from other colleges & University, Inter-departmental lecture exchange, & presentations. This is accompanied by experiential teaching like projects-based learning, Field work, surveys, experiments and practical classes, etc.
◈ Detail information about the evaluation methods and the Examination schedule is given in the Prospectus from the time of their admission in a course and also in the Academic Calendar at the beginning of a session.
◈ The Principal regularly meet the HOD and take feedback on the teaching learning progress of each department.
Thus, the systematic planning, organisation and implementation of teaching – learning – evaluation is possible within the total scheme of university schedule. It is rational, realistic and scientific.
The institution communicates its quality assurance policies, mechanisms and outcomes to the various internal and external stakeholders through:
◈ Regular notification.
◈ The progress of the students is communicated to the students and their parents.
◈ Detail information are given in the Prospectus.
◈ Through the institutional official website: www.sonarpurmahavidyalaya.net
◈ Policies and plans regarding the quality assurance are communicated to the faculty members, especially the newly appointed ones, in the beginning of the session through meetings with the Principal.
◈ Policies and plans regarding the quality assurance are also communicated in meetings of the different sub-committees and in the meetings with the teacher’s Council, Non-teaching staff and students.
◈ Students are also made aware of such policies through orientation programmes conducted by the administration and by the heads of departments.
◈ Policies and plans regarding the quality assurance are communicated to the alumni in the meeting with the alumni.
◈ Policies and plans regarding the quality assurance are communicated to the University, State Government and NAAC through different reports submitted annually. [Annual Academic Report, Performance Statement and Annual Quality Assurance Reports (AQAR)
IQAC has facilitated/ contributed in the following ways:
◈ Ensured heightened level of clarity and focus in institutional functioning towards quality enhancement.
◈ Ensured internalization of the quality culture.
◈ Ensured enhancement and coordination among various activities of the institution and institutionalize all good practices.
◈ Provided a sound basis for decision-making to improve institutional functioning.
◈ Acted as a dynamic system for quality changes in this Institution.
◈ IQAC has built an organised methodology of documentation and internal communication.
◈ Regularly submitted the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) to NAAC.
Challenges of IQAC:
◈ The primary challenge encountered is that of resistance—to change. A lot convincing and persistence measures to alter strategies wherever needed has resulted in a lot of time being lost.
◈ Work beyond duty hours for activities that go beyond teaching by faculty sometimes have created an element of resentment. But the recent incentive structure of UGC (CAS) linking administrative works has made a positive impact.
◈ The management have not provided any technical support to the IQAC Coordinator yet.
We know that maintaining this momentum of quality consciousness is of crucial importance. It is a common knowledge that no single strategy works on its own. Multiple methodologies should be used at the same time and this should be used to overcome barriers and setbacks that come in the way of Quality sustenance and Quality improvement. In future we shall ensure that all stakeholders of this institution continue to remain fully in this endeavour and together move forward the NAACs agenda on quality assurance.