The Higher Educational Institution has established the Centre for Internal Quality Assurance for offering programmes in Open and Distance Learning mode and/or Online mode. It is headed by a full-time Director who is supported by adequate number of academic and other staff. The main aim of the CIQA is to maintain the quality in the courses offered through online mode. The Centre has been established with the primary focus to shoulder the responsibilities of generating and promoting awareness for quality assurance and to work out the procedural details.
To realize an ecosystem where, quality is strived for in all processes of Programs offered under online mode.
The objective of Centre for Internal Quality Assurance is to develop and put in place a comprehensive and dynamic internal quality assurance system to ensure that programmes of higher education in the Open and Distance Learning mode and Online mode being implemented by the Higher Educational Institution are of acceptable quality and further improved on continuous basis.
The functions of Centre for Internal Quality Assurance would, inter alia, include the following, namely:-
The functions of Centre for Internal Quality Assurance would, inter alia, include the following, namely:
|Three senior teachers of Higher Educational Institution
|Head of three Departments or School of Studies offering recognized programmes in Open and Distance Learning and Online mode
|Two external experts of Open and Distance Learning and/or Online education
|Officials from the Administration and Finance departments of the Higher Educational Institution
|Director, Centre for Internal Quality Assurance
(2) The members of the committee are nominated by the Vice- Chancellor of the Higher Educational Institution.
(3) The membership of such nominated members is for a period of two years. The Committee of Centre for Internal Quality Assurance meets at least once in a semester. The quorum for the meeting is two-third of the total number of members with mandatory presence of one external expert. The agenda, minutes and Action Taken Reports are documented with official signatures and maintained electronically in a retrievable format.
(4) Centre for Internal Quality Assurance Committee performs the following functions, namely:-
(1) The guidelines on quality monitoring mechanism is adopted by the Centre for Internal Quality Assurance for conducting institutional quality audits, to promote quality assurance and enhance as well as spread best-in- class practices of quality assurance.
(2) Quality monitoring is addressed under the following broad areas, namely:-
The Higher Educational Institution has articulated a clear vision, mission, ethos and broad strategy consistent with the goals for offering programmes in Open and Distance Learning and Online mode.
This area of concern relates to programme development and approval mechanism for the programme(s) to be launched, covering the following key aspects, namely:-
The Higher Educational Institution plans and execute programme monitoring and review system to conduct periodic internal reviews and maintain the quality of academic programmes. For such reviews, the Institution has also considered the attainments of learning outcomes that are assessed through the various tools for direct and indirect assessment.
The Higher Educational Institution has a system to elicit data on the adequacy and optimal use of the facilities - physical facilities, library (or e-library), Information and Communication Technology infrastructure, etc. - available in a Higher Educational Institution to maintain the quality of academic programmes and ensure qualitative support to each of the stakeholders.
The learner support services including academic counselling and library services has a major pre-occupation of Higher Educational Institution for its Open and Distance Learning mode and Online mode learners. Additionally, Higher Educational Institution has established Information and Communication Technology facilities as component of the learning environment which is focused around the pedagogical use of modern educational practices to support blended learning. Learner Support Services are provided through the campus-wide portal and e-Learning platform. The Higher Educational Institution has taken a more sophisticated approach to the use of Information and Communication Technology and expertise in e-learning. The approach provides a seamless learner-centred environment.
All the stated Learning Outcomes of a Programme is a part of its evaluation protocol. The Higher Educational Institution executes the evaluation through varied assessment tools including multiple choice questions, projects, reports, case-studies, presentations, and term-end examinations, to suit the different learning outcomes expected of the course elements. The Higher Educational Institution has proper assessment and moderation system for assessing the learning outcomes of learners.
The Higher Educational Institutions has a well established structure for promoting quality counselling, capacity building workshops, programmes, interactive teaching-learning and provide staff development programmes and activities to encourage academic staff to improve teaching and learning on continuous basis.
(3) Process of Quality Audit
The Higher Educational Institutions has robust and appropriate academic planning procedures to ensure that the programmes offered by it are relevant to national economy, reflects the Institution ‘s strategic direction and offers a high quality ‘value-added ‘learner experience. The Institution has adequate and appropriate teaching and other support staff along with infrastructure and technology support to ensure that the curriculum remains up to date and the institutional goals are achieved.
The Higher Educational Institution has a mechanism in place for validation to ensure that its programmes are academically viable, that academic standards have been appropriately defined and that these offer learners the best opportunity to learn.
Quality deliverance of the Open and Distance Learning programmes and Online programmes and the outcomes attainment and continual quality improvements are ensured by the Higher Educational Institution, shall be broadly as follows, namely: -