WOMEN UNIVERSITY of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Bagh

Department of Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC)

The issue of quality has been identified as the major issue confronting the higher education sector in the Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF). Therefore, to enhance the quality of output and efficiency of the higher education learning systems, a mechanism of establishment of QECs has been developed by the Quality Assurance Committee to improve the standards and quality of higher education in a systematic way with uniformity across the country. In 2006-07 the Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs) have been initially established in ten public sector universities, and in 2007-08 twenty more QECs were established in the public sector universities for improvement of their academic, teaching and learning standards. The QEC family is being extended to another fifteen public sector, fifteen private sector universities in 2009-10 and twenty four in public sector universities in 2010-11.

Quality happens to have fundamental significance for the sustainability of human endeavors in the creation of both physical and social capital. In the contemporary world, quality of higher education is universally considered the most strategic variable for determining technological capability and progressive social transformation of a country. Quality of education imparted to the female youth of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (Pakistan) underscores WUAJ&K mission and vision. The university has always upheld this mission. The    unwavering commitment of WUAJ&K personnel is amply reflected in complete and chronologically consistent record of students’ feedback. The latter is a treasured part of university’s archives on all courses offered during every semester, fall, winter and summer, since the first academic session started in 2014.Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC)   is part of WUAJ&K vision for sustaining and improving the quality of service delivery, in order to live up to the expectations of   the stakeholders including students, teachers, parents, employers and, above all, the nation. As per directions of Higher Education Commission (HEC) the QEC was established at WUAJ&K in January 2016 and since then the quality related issues are being increasingly routed through this conduit, while simultaneously ensuring incremental, consistent, and sustainable expansion of the related measures. The Cell itself is part of the landmark initiative of Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

Functions of Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC)

The QEC is working in close collaboration with the Vice-Chancellor to perform the following salient functions:-
  • The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) is to be headed by a Dean reporting directly to Vice- Chancellor. He is to be the correspondent with the outside bodies.
  • It is responsible for promoting public confidence that the quality and standards of the award of degrees are enhanced and safeguarded.
  • It is responsible for the review of quality standards and the quality of teaching and learning in each subject area.
  • It is responsible for the review of academic affiliations with other institutions in terms of effective management of standards and quality of programs.
  • It is responsible for defining clear and explicit standards as points of reference for the reviews to be carried out. It should also help the employees to know as to what they could expect from candidates.
  • It is responsible to develop qualifications framework by setting out the attributes and abilities that can be expected from the holder of a qualification, i.e. Bachelors, Bachelor with Honors, Master’s, M. Phil., and Doctoral.
  • It is responsible to develop program specifications. It sets the standards to clarifying what knowledge, understanding, skills and other attributes a student will develop on successfully completing a specific program.
  • It is responsible to develop quality assurance processes and methods of evaluation to affirm that the quality of provision and the standard of awards are being maintained and to foster curriculum, subject and staff development, together with research and other scholarly activities.
  • It is responsible to ensure that the university’s quality assurance procedures are designed to fit in with the arrangements in place nationally for maintaining and improving the quality of Higher Education.

QEC is responsible to develop procedures for the following:

  • Approval of new programs
  • Annual monitoring and evaluation that includes program monitoring, faculty monitoring, and student’s understanding.
  • Departmental review
  • Student feedback
  • Employer feedback
  • Quality assurance of Bachelor, Master’s, M. Phil. and Ph. D. degree programs.
  • Subject review
  • Institutional assessment
  • Program specifications
  • Qualification framework

Objectives of Quality Enhancement Cell

QEC is structured to have a focused attention on quality assurance aspects of higher education:-
  • To monitor the ongoing quality move in the university.
  • To meet the challenges of global compatibility in higher education.
  • To develop a viable and sustainable mechanism of quality assurance in higher education sector of the country.
  • To produce manpower that could serve the society in an efficient, effective and honest way.

List of QEC Focal Person

  
Sr. # Name Designation Department
01 Ms. Bushra Aziz Lecturer Physics Physics
02 Rashad Bashir Programmer Programmer Office Programmer Office
03 Miss Syeda Uzma Gardezi Lecturer CS and IT CS and IT
04 Miss Zakia Benish Lecturer Botany Botany
05 Dr. Hanif-ur-Rehman  Assistant Professor Chemistry Chemistry
06 Miss Rabia Shafique Lecturer Zoology Zoology
07 Miss Fozia Kausar Lecturer Bio-Technology Bio-Technology
08 Miss Tabinda Sajjad Lecturer Mathematics Mathematics
09 Miss Samina Rafique Lecturer Education Education
10 Mr. Muhammad Yasir Khan Lecturer English English
11 Miss Maria Siddique Lecturer Economics Economics
12 Komal Tariq Lecturer Management Sciences Management Sciences
13 Maryam Mustafa Junior Lecturer Physical Education Physical Education