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After dismal rankings, University of Mumbai gets a quality assurance cell

The cell will ensure delivery of quality education & also compulsory submission of annual quality assurance.

Written by Mihika Basu | Mumbai |
December 19, 2014 1:48:35 am

AFTER yet another year of abysmal performance in the global rankings for universities, besides goof-ups and delays in examinations, the over 150-year-old university has now established a quality assurance cell to ensure delivery of quality education, besides ensuring compulsory submission of annual quality assurance or assessment reports.

Such reports are an audit of the activities reflecting the goals and objectives of an institution, new academic programmes, innovations in curricular design and transaction, examination reforms implemented, initiatives towards faculty development programmes, research projects and details of published papers, citation index of faculty members, internal resources generated and student or faculty achievements,among others.

“The University of Mumbai… has established a Quality Assurance Cell with an aim to sustain, promote and research on delivery of quality education and services in the university and its affiliated colleges. The cell is envisaged to act as a catalyst to support the departments and the affiliated colleges to help them create an environment which leads to the development of systems or processes for continuous quality improvements in its functioning and thereby meet the required needs of all the stakeholders, particularly the students,” says a circular issued by the university.

The cell has called for ideas and suggestions from stakeholders.

According to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, every accredited institution must establish an internal quality assurance cell (IQAC) as a “post-accreditation quality sustenance measure”.

Further, guidelines stipulate that timely submission of annual quality assurance report is the minimum institutional requirement for second, third or subsequent cycles of accreditation.

“It is crucial to submit and upload yearly academic audit reports, which has not been happening. This aspect will now be taken care of by the cell, which we have established at the university level. It will look at quality improvement and maintenance of different university departments as well as the affiliated colleges,” said a university official who did not wish to be named.

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