ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The quality assurance necessitates regular monitoring of all the academic processes. The detailed procedure is available in the form of a handbook (prepared at IIST). However, the steps taken for quality assurance are described below in brief.

In today’s global knowledge economy a College is no more limited to creating, integrating, repositing, disseminating and applying knowledge and learning. Moreover, a College has a larger role and must respond to a changing society and adapt to the realities of today’s world by transforming its knowledge into potential benefits - economic and employment growth. Well functioning universities cannot be imported. They can only come from an organic, evolutionary process internal to a society. IIST College is being envisioned as a world class institution of higher learning with this philosophy. Quality is a process and not a destination. Imparting quality education and regularly monitoring through structured feedback for continuously raising the benchmark is the main focus in IIST College.

Globally there is an increased focus on innovation through R&D for advancement in a knowledge-based economy. The key drivers for research are quality and excellence.

IIST College will be a “research-intensive” institution by actively encouraging, supporting and integrating research into education. It will provide wider access, reward and promote interdisciplinary research, and establish research partnerships, with the goal of research outputs of high quality and impact.

This is accomplished at different stages through various bodies including :

  • Governing Body

  • Borad of management

  • Academic Council

  • Board of Faculty

  • Board of Studies

  • Academic Advisory Committee (AAC)

  • Admission Committee

  • Examination Committee

The Academic Council regulates the contents, assessment and delivery of teaching & learning process in all the disciplines of the College with an aim to promote research. It is reporting to the Borad of management for the necessary policies and procedures and for safeguarding the academic standards. It is also responsible for the various steps required to enhance the quality of educational processes, faculty motivation & development, and monitoring of the quality policies.

There is a separate Board of Studies for every programme. These Boards hold regular meetings, at least twice in a year, and decide about the curricula, course content & materials relevant to the ever changing modern techniques and technologies. Members from industries and corporate sector are essential components of Board of studies, to incorporate their requirements while finalizing the course contents.

In view of the diverse range of the programmes for the various schools, the ownership of the syllabi is firmly held with the schools since they are best placed to provide detailed academic scrutiny needed for the quality assurance system. The syllabi are sent by various schools to the Boards of Studies which comprise of the nationally and internationally renowned experts of related subjects and are sent to the Academic Council after making the necessary modifications, if any. As per the requirement of the modern age, multi-disciplinary curriculum has been designed with a view to cater to the needs and fulfillment of the expectation of all stake holders : members, teachers, parents employers and society in general. Decentralization in the formulation of the course within the broad framework of the College regulations is encouraged.

Different Committees on teaching and learning undertake the detailed consideration and development of teaching and learning policy and make appropriate recommendation to Academic Council. The quality of teaching and learning is assured through the professional standards of the teaching and support staff. Stringent measures are taken for the appointment of the competent & committed faculty and support staff. These Committees on teaching and learning are accountable to the Academic Council for the assurance of quality of the educational processes of the College which particularly consist of design, implementation, evaluation and review of the mechanism for quality assurance and identification of need, quality control for the enhancement of teaching-learning and for safeguarding the academic standards. The Committees in fact, are the primary forum for discussion and formulation of the standards and recommends policy to the Academic Council, by way of organizing debates and informing the Heads of the Schools one month before each meeting.

College also has Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) comprising of senior academic staff and officers from within and outside the College, which continuously validate and re-validate the courses and program proposals as per the needs of the prevailing scenario. The Academic Advisory Committee carries out the academic audit for various programmes.

The Academic Advisory Committee considers the proposal for new undergraduate programmes in consultation with the school and makes the provision of appropriate mechanism for student guidance for the proposed new programmes.

These Committees ensure that the College’s Quality Control procedures are implemented effectively and uniformly by all Schools of College. The members of these Committees also serve various other College Committees responsible for the quality assurance.

Academic Council finally gives the approval on all academic matters based on the recommendations of the Board of Studies. The Academic Advisory Committee (AAC), which is which is a statutory body, supervises all the activities on behalf of Academic Council.

Admission Committee is constituted for the Graduate level which considers the applications sent by the students online and offline after satisfying themselves about the fulfillment of the eligibility requirement of the opted programme. This Committee makes the offer of admission on behalf of the College for to the programme assigned to the students.

For Post Graduate studies, a Committee consisting of the Head of the Schools & experts is constituted by the Academic Council selects the individual student on the basis of written test and interview. Student-Teacher ratio is maintained at 10:1.

Every school has Students’ Progress Committee and sub-committees to monitor the academic and development aspects of the students. These Committees consider the cases of the students who fail to satisfy the progress requirement for a particular degree as per the prescribed regulation of the College. Individual Academic Counselor is assigned to each student to advise on his academic issues.

Keeping in view the large number of Universities in India & to meet the diverse educational requirements, every College has its own curriculum and regulations. IIST College encourages student-centric approach through the learners’ participation in the generation of knowledge which is the focus of delivery of curriculum. The problem solving abilities are developed through experimentation like situations and case studies. Augmentation of cognitive capital through the designed curriculum is the indicator of our quality education. The indigenous knowledge system has been kept in mind while adopting scientific and technological developments as core component of the College curriculum. The global developments have been visualized with holistic perspective so as to transact in an authentic and real environment. Curriculum delivery involves social negotiation and mediation and encourages group activities to make optimum use of peer as resource of higher learning. The learner’s involvement is encouraged to link previous experience with present learning. The principles of self-regulations, self-mediation and self-awareness are reflected in curriculum delivery.

Teachers act as mentors of the students guiding them to learn instead of directing them and instructing them all the time. The learners are assessed on continuous basis by a set of class tests, quizzes, oral tests, case studies, seminars, projects and assignments.

Examination committee controls all the quality measures related to continuous evaluation practice being adopted uniformly to ensure maintenance of the quality parameters by the students.

The IIST College believes that the quality up gradation is not a one- time phenomenon and quests for the excellence is a continuous and perennial pursuit.

The College Grants Commission, the parent body to sanction and monitor the various activities of the College, the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) have a set of regulations to ensure quality education in India, which are adopted in letter and spirit. They assess the different Universities on parameters as given below to ensure the quality of education in Indian Universities.

  • Quality of faculty & staff

  • Curricular aspects

  • Teaching-learning and evaluation

  • Research, Consultancy and Extension

  • Infrastructure and Learning Resources

  • Student Support and Progression

  • Governance and Leadership

  • Overall personality development

  • Innovative Practices

  • General ambience conducive to learning

IIST College has adopted these standards and has evolved a mechanism for self regulation and sustenance of the quality assurance procedures. For this, an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) has been created which comprises of Chief Executive, Senior Academicians and Officers of the Institution working as a steering group.

The cell has two quality groups :

  • Academic Excellence Group

  • Administrative Efficiency Group

These groups design strategies for quality enhancement for consideration and implementation. Institutional mechanism on the pattern of the above accreditation bodies have been set up for the quality of education. Periodic assessment exercises are undertaken by IQAC as part of the continuing efforts for the quality control. It has been contemplated to conduct these exercises in collaboration with the NAAC, which at present is assessing and accrediting Universities and colleges providing Higher education in India .

Some of the other provisions for quality of higher education at IIST College, which are directly or indirectly related to excellence in teaching and learning include:

    • Well planned structured interactions between centers of academic excellence and other universities/ institutions.

    • While restructuring the syllabi and courses efforts are made to develop an optimal combination of acquisition of theoretical and practical skills. The courses are so designed that critical reading and interpretation of classics, practical field work and applications of the reading and other skills are given due importance.

    • Extensive and optimal use of audio-visual technologies, IPads and internet are used for class-room teaching. The courses are designed to make good use of the modern technology. The e-learning is an integral component at IIST.

    • In some subjects, teachers are given flexibility within the broad frame-work perspective of the College, in restructuring the syllabus and also going beyond the syllabus on certain important topics.

    • Since faculty is the back-bone of education, steps are taken by introducing merit promotions of the faculty, research publication/ supervision for quality of the higher education.

    • Provision is made by reorganization and integration of various faculties around inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary courses which help in quality improvement in teaching- learning, research and consultancy.

    • Collaborations/ cooperations with research and funding bodies are planned to encourage disciplinary/ multi-disciplinary seminars / symposia / conferences / workshops / research projects.

    • Basic parameters of academic merits have been developed for bringing transparency and credibility in the process of granting promotions under the career advancement schemes. Efforts have been made that there are no disparity between Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors appointed through open selections and those promoted on the basis of career advancement scheme. Of course at every stage, academic audit is done and evaluations are made to assess the quality of faculty.

    • A critical review of the activities of higher education as well as budget is conducted to phase out obsolete activities and create necessary space for new activities. In spite of heavy resource requirement, the emphasis is on shifting from traditional incremental budgeting to performance based increment to arrest the erosion in quality.

While implementing various steps to ensure quality assurance at IIST College, it is kept in mind that we achieve optimal results for this most important aspect of education.

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