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Seminar by Director Quality Assurance, NUST
Director Quality Assurance NUST, Air Commodore (R) Muhammad Ismail conducted a seminar on ‘Assessment of Teaching Quality in Higher Education: Significance and Constraints’, on 17 April, 2008 at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. The speaker first deliberated on the concept, need and mechanism of quality assurance followed by assessment of higher education programs. He declared that quality assurance cannot happen automatically but it has to be planned. Moreover, an institution is itself responsible for the assurance / enhancement of the quality of its programs. Then he focused on the assessment of teaching quality and that of the teacher. Since a teacher remains at the center stage of all the facets of the assessment of teaching quality, the significance, areas, modes and constraints of teacher’s assessment were contemplated at length. The speaker concluded his talk by enunciating that quality of higher education can only be assured / enhanced through sincere and dedicated efforts of the administration and faculty of the institutions. The presentation was followed by a highly extensive question and answer session.

Prof Dr Riaz Hussain Qureshi, Advisor Quality Assurance & Learning Innovations, HEC was the chief guest on the occasion. During his speech, Dr Qureshi highlighted the quality assurance program of HEC and declared that quality assurance is a dynamic concept. He stressed that for attaining an equilibrium in quality assurance, the curricula, standard of teachers and students and learning environment should be of high quality. The Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs) have been established in the universities to sensitize the academia about the importance of higher standards of education in the country.