Guidelines for the Creation of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) in Accredited Institutions.
A Post-Accreditation Quality Sustenance Activity
In pursuance of the National Action Plan of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, for performance evaluation, assessment and accreditation and quality upgradation of institutions 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 enhancement is a continuous process, the IQAC will become a part of an institution’s system and 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 phase of institutions. During the post-accreditation period, the IQAC will channelise the efforts and measures of an institution towards academic excellence.The guidelines provided in the following pages will facilitate the institution in the creation and operation of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC).
The work of the IQAC is the first step towards the internalization and institutionalization of quality enhancement. Its success depends upon the sense of belongingness and participation it can inculcate in all the constituents of the institution. It will not be yet another hierarchical structure or recordkeeping exercise in the institution; it will be a facilitative and participative voluntary system/unit/organ of the institution. The IQAC has the potential to become a vehicle for ushering in quality by working out intervention strategies to remove deficiencies and enhance quality. Quality circles in industries operate on similar lines.
The Primary aim of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic action to improve the academic and administrative performance of the institution.
IQAC shall evolve mechanisms and procedures for:
a) Ensuring timely, efficient and progressive performance of academic, administrative and financial tasks
b) The relevance and quality of academic and research programmes.
c) Equitable access to and affordability of academic programmes for various sections of society
d) Optimization and integration of modern methods of teaching andlearning
e) The credibility of evaluation procedures
f) Ensuring the adequacy, maintenance and functioning of the support structure and services
g) Research sharing and networking with other institutions in India and abroad