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NUST and FJWU Organize Forum on Quality Assurance
The National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) and Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) jointly organized a Forum on Higher Educational Quality Assessment on March 21-22, 2011. The participants of the forum were the Directors of Phase-I and Phase-II Quality Enhancement Cells of universities from around Pakistan. The inaugural session of the Forum was arranged at Fatima Jinnah Women University. Professor Dr. Khwaja Azam Ali was the Chief Guest of the ceremony while Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University presided over the Ceremony. Dr. Naheed Zia Khan Director Quality Enhancement Cell FJWU during her welcome address thanked NUST and FJWU for the support provided to hold the Forum jointly. She gave an overview of QA activities under the auspices of Quality Assurance Agency, HEC. Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University expressed the resolve for supporting the QA activities. Dr. Khwaja emphasized on the universities to give highest priority to the QA measures to make the higher education internationally compatible.

After the inaugural ceremony, two technical sessions were held wherein first presentation was delivered by Engr Muhammad Ismail, Director Quality Assurance NUST on the Assessment of the Teaching Quality in Higher Education. The presentation highlighted the need for good quality education and its assessment. The presenter discussed various elements of assessing the teaching quality and the constraints therein. The second paper titled as “Relevant Grading System” was presented by Engr Salman Absar, Principal NUST School of Chemical and Material Engineering. The presenter discussed various grading systems being used in the academic institutions and gave his recommendation in favor of gap system based on relative grading. Both the presentations generated very useful discussion to understand the contents of the presentations in view of the real life practical problems.

The Forum dinner was organized by NUST at its Main Campus at Sector H-12, Islamabad, which was attended by Rector NUST, Vice Chancellor FJWU, senior officials of both the universities and the participants. The second day's activities of the forum were organized at NUST Main Campus. During the technical session a paper titled “Aligning the Objectives and Outcomes” of higher education programs was presented by Dr. Naheed Zia Khan. The presenter related the objectives and outcomes to institutional vision, mission, goals and plans in a philosophical manner. She emphasized on avoiding the lofty objectives and targets. Closing Ceremony of the forum was organized at NUST which was presided over by Rector NUST, Engr Muhammad Asghar. An overview of the Forum was presented by Engr Muhammad Ismail. While delivering his presidential address, Engr Muhammad Asghar emphasized on having a paradigm shift from teaching, based to learning based education. Dr. Khwaja Azam Ali, Chief Guest of the Ceremony, appreciated the focus of both the universities on quality assurance of education and urged upon the other participants to also organize such activities at their universities.