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The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), functioning on the campus of Allahabad University at various levels, interacting with students indirectly and getting their feedback aimed towards betterment of the amenities provided to students, would be getting direct feedback from students community as these students will have a direct say in quality of education being provided to them in their respective educational institutions. To ensure that students of their respective institution have an effective say in the affairs of the institution, the University Grants Commission (UGC), has decided to revise the draft UGC (Mandatory Assessment and Accreditation of Universities) Regulations, 2011, and make necessary changes for the first time formally acknowledging the role of students as the key stakeholders in the quality of education and providing recognition of the value of student feedback in the quality enhancing process.
In line with these changes, the UGC has also decided to provide a provision for two student representatives being included as full-fledged members of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) that have been formed at both the university as well as the college levels. As per the decision, the student representatives would be selected by the vice-chancellor at the University level and the principal at the college level. Decisions in this regard have been taken at an all-important 483rd meeting of the UGC held at Ne Delhi. After approving the changes to be made in the draft regulations, these have now been sent to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for approval The changes are being seen as vital as this is for the first time students are being formally provided a say in what they learn and how they are being taught recognising them as a core part of the higher education system.The task of IQAC is to ensure performance evaluation, assessment and accreditation and quality up-gradation of institutions of higher education and help ensure continuous improvement in the entire operations of the University. So far the IQAC had Head of the higher education institution as its Chairperson, Five (in case of a College) or eight (in case of a University) senior teachers and one senior administrative official as Members besides two (in case of a College) or three (in case of a University) external experts on Quality Management, Industry, Local Community as members. The Director or Coordinator of IQAC is the member secretary of the cell. It is to be noted that under the 11th Five Year Plan, instructions for setting up the IQAC was given to all universities and colleges. Following it, the IQAC was duly formed in Allahabad University (AU) as well as its constituent colleges including Jagat Taran Girls Degree College and Ewing Christian College. At AU, the Cell was earlier functioning under Prof A. K. Srivastava of the department of Chemistry but later, Prof N. R. Farooqi has been made the chairmen and the cell is functioning along with its other members being Prof Avinash Pandey of the department of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Prof J. N. Bhargava and Prof Ashim Mukerjee of the Commerce faculty. But although the Cell was established following the guidelines of the UGC, under its XIth Plan, and members of the Cell have taken feedback from the students, not much has been done to rectify the problems that were informed by the students. According to a source, the Cell, besides other things, has been taking the feedback from the students. These feedback were taken at two levels One at the entry and at exit level, and they have been open to give their feedback, which many a times goes against some teachers but nothing was done. The Cell cannot solve the problem as it can only report the same to the authorities and it is the administration which has to solve the problem but nothing was done, he added. The source further told TOI that the AU administration has also included the proposal of consolidating the Cell in its draft for 12th five Year Plan that will be send to the UGC as points like providing Rs Five lakhs to the Cell for its efficient working was not been followed at AU. Commenting on the UGC's decision, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of AU, Prof P. K. Sahoo said, "IQAC is very much functional at AU and any further changes, like adding more members, would be implemented once the UGC instructs the varsity in writing".
Courtesy: Times of India
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