National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) being the quality status deriving body to get the Higher Education Institutions HEIs assessed and accredited with the quality norms.NAAC patrons every HEIs need to establish an IQAC to measure the quality standards.
IQAC is the institution’s administrative body to foster the quality standards, quality enhancement , quality sustenance in each process at the college to bring in the academic holistic excellence.The pivotal role of IQAC is to plan, Initiate and monitor the quality enhancement initiatives.
As per NAAC, IQAC is established at the Government First Grade College, Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru-560088 during the year 2013.
To promote quality culture as the prime concern of Higher Education Institutions through institutionalizing and internalizing all the quality-enhancing and sustaining initiatives taken with internal and external support.
The primary aim of the IQAC is
To develop a mechanism to promote conscious, consistent and catalytic action plans to improve the academic and administrative performance of the institution.
To promote institutional quality enhancement and sustenance through the internalization of quality culture and institutionalization of the best practices.
IQAC shall evolve a mechanism and procedures for
a) Ensuring timely, efficient and progressive performance of academic, administrative & financial units;
b)Adoption of relevant and quality academic and research programmes;
c)Ensuring equitable access to and affordability of academic programmes for various sections of the society;
d)Optimization and integration of modern methods of teaching and learning;
e)Ensuring credible assessment and evaluation processes;
f)Ensuring the proper allocation, adequacy and maintenance of support structure and services; and
g)Sharing of research findings and networking with other institutions in India and abroad.
Functions of IQAC
Development and application of quality benchmarks;
Setting parameters for various academic and administrative activities of the institution;
Facilitating the creation of a learner-centric environment conducive to quality education and faculty development to adopt the required knowledge and technology for participatory teaching and learning process;
Collection and analysis of feedback from all the stakeholders on quality-related institutional processes;
d)Dissemination of information on various quality parameters to all the stakeholders;
e)Organization of intra- and inter-institutional workshops and seminars on quality- related themes and promotion of quality circles;
f)Documentation of various programmes/activities leading to quality improvement;
g)Acting as a nodal agency of the institution for coordinating quality-related activities, including adoption and dissemination of the best practices;
h) Development and maintenance of institutional database through MIS for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing institutional quality;
i) Periodical conduct of Academic and Administrative Audits along with their follow-up activities; and
j)Preparation and submission of the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) as per the guidelines and parameters of NAAC.
IQAC will facilitate / contribute to
a) Ensuring clarity and focus in the institution’s march towards quality enhancement;
b) Ensuring internalization of quality culture;
c) Ensuring enhancement and coordination among the various units and activities of the institution and institutionalizing all good practices;
d)Providing a sound basis for decision-making to improve institutional functioning;
e)Acting as a dynamic system for quality changes in HEIs; and
f)Building a sound methodology for documentation and internal communication.
Composition of the IQAC
The IQAC should be constituted in every institution under the chairpersonship of the Head of the Institution with heads of key academic and administrative units and a few teachers and a few distinguished educationists and representatives of the local management and stakeholders as members.
The composition of the IQAC should be as follows:
1. Chairperson: Head of the Institution
2. Teachers to represent all levels (Assistant Professor and Associate Professor) (Three to eight)
3. One member from the Management
4. The senior administrative officer (Office Superintendent/Manager)
5. One nominee each from the Local Society/Trust, Students and Alumni
6. One nominee each from the Employer/Industrialists/Stakeholders
7.One of the senior teachers as the Coordinator of the IQAC
The guidelines the institutions for quality-sustenance activities are:
The membership of the nominated members : It shall be for a period of two years.
The IQAC should meet at least once in every quarter.
The quorum for the meeting shall be two-thirds of the total number of members.
The Agenda, Minutes and Action Taken Reports are to be documented and maintained electronically in a retrievable format.