Quality Enhancement Cell - Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad

During recent years, the realization of need for quality assurance in higher education has become a global phenomenon. Pakistan also felt the need to assess and improve the quality of higher education with the objectives of achieving international competitiveness and compatibility of our academic programs and research quality.

Quality Assurance is the means through which an institution can guarantee with confidence and certainty, that the standards of its educational provision are being maintained and enhanced.

Quality enhancement is taking deliberate steps to bring about continual improvement in the effectiveness of the learning experience of students. In QE there is greater emphasis on Internal QA and the encouragement of an institutional “Quality Culture.”

Developing an internal quality assurance mechanism in every institution is highly important. This acts as a sustainable base for External Quality Monitoring. Self Assessment, being one of the tools used for achieving Quality Assurance is conducted by the institution itself. It is meant to assess whether the existing programs are able to meet the educational objectives and outcomes with the purpose and aims of improving the outcomes and outputs of the education system.

Institute of Space Technology (IST) has always been in the forefront for accepting and adapting best practices in the field of Education. Recognizing the role that it has to play in higher education sector, IST has established a Quality Enhancement Cell. This cell has the responsibility to ensure that the university’s quality assurance procedures are compatible with international standards and are designed to improve the quality of higher education.

News for QEC
Thursday, December 15, 2016QEC conducted training session on “Writing Program Self Assessment Report as per HEC guidelines” with Program Teams of Electrical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering departmentsFriday, December 9, 2016QEC members attended training session on Latest Ranking Criteria and Software at Higher Education Commission, IslamabadFriday, December 2, 2016Members from QEC attended Ninth Progress Review Meeting of Phase IV QECs conducted by Higher Education Commission at Hotel Grand Regency, IslamabadMonday, November 21, 2016QEC conducted training session on “Writing Program Self Assessment Report as per HEC guidelines” with Program Teams of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Space Science DepartmentsWednesday, September 28, 2016QEC conducted awareness sessions with freshmen students on “Quality Assurance (QA) at IST” Friday, May 13, 2016Assessment Visit of BE Avionics Engineering conducted.Tuesday, May 10, 2016Assessment Visit of PhD Mathematics conducted.Friday, May 6, 2016Assessment Visit of MS Mathematics conducted.Thursday, January 28, 2016Quality Assurance Agency, Higher Education Commission assessed Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) Mechanism of IST on defined parameters and gave a score of 94% for the period 2014-2015.Thursday, January 28, 2016Two day workshop on “Teaching Competency through Microteaching Approach” was organized for newly inducted faculty members to help them learn the art of teaching.Thursday, January 7, 2016IST successfully completed the comprehensive ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit with no non-conformities identified.Wednesday, December 9, 2015Sessions on Preparation of Self Assessment Report have been arranged for new Program Teams.Tuesday, October 20, 2015Session with freshmen students has been conducted in IST auditorium for creating awareness on quality assurance processes of IST. Friday, May 8, 2015Assessment Visits of Postgraduate Programs at ISTWednesday, February 18, 2015QA Awareness Session with freshmen students Thursday, October 30, 2014A one day workshop on “Self Assessment Process and Role of Program Team” was conducted for new Program Teams.Monday, March 24, 2014Assessment Visit of BS Space Science conductedThursday, March 20, 2014Assessment Visit of BS Mechanical Engineering conductedTuesday, March 18, 2014Assessment Visit of MS Materials Science & Engineering conductedWednesday, March 12, 2014Assessment Visit of MS Electrical Engineering conductedTuesday, February 11, 2014First Surveillance Audit of IST for ISO 9001:2008 was conducted by BVQITuesday, February 4, 2014Course and Teacher Evaluation- Fall 2013 has been conducted for all the current academic programs of ISTTuesday, January 14, 2014Session on “Importance of IST Feedback System for Students” has been conducted by QEC with freshmen studentsWednesday, December 11, 2013Session on “Preparation of Self Assessment Report” with Program Team of Mechanical Engineering department has been conductedMonday, October 28, 2013HEC Awarded Highest “W” Category to Quality Enhancement at ISTMonday, October 7, 2013Third Party Evaluation of QEC is scheduled by HEC. The evaluators include Dr. S.M. Qureshi, Mr. Abdul Aziz Sangi, and Ms. Zainab TayibaWednesday, July 31, 2013QEC organized two day workshop on “Effective Teaching & Assessment” for faculty by Dr. Abdul Wahid UsmaniWednesday, April 3, 2013IST has achieved the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Certification Tuesday, March 12, 2013QEC of IST has obtained total score of 92% for the period ending Dec 31, 2012 and has been rated in “W” category by HECWednesday, September 19, 2012QEC of IST has obtained total score of 95% for the period ending June 30, 2012 and has been rated in “W” category by HEC
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