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Seminar on Quality Assurance at NUST
The Quality Assurance Directorate at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) organized a one-day seminar on “Quality Assurance in Higher Education”, on 7th March, 2011 at NUST H-12 Campus, Islamabad. Engineer Muhammad Ismail, Director Quality Assurance NUST, was the resource person. The seminar was attended by the Directors of Local Quality Enhancement Cells (QECs) of all the institutions of NUST hailing from Karachi, Risalpur, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Chief Guest of the Opening Ceremony was Dr. Asif Raza, Pro-Rector (Academics) NUST. During his address, he emphasized on the importance of the quality assurance in the higher education and its need at NUST. The Chief Guest asked the participants for their full cooperation in implementation of Higher Education Commission’s Quality Assurance Framework at NUST.

The resource person, Engr Ismail, deliberated on the definition, concept, need and mechanism of quality assurance and the role of quality enhancement cells in this regard. He also dwelled on the self-assessment of higher education programs in detail covering all the aspects such as definition, need, elements, objectives, desired outcomes, criteria, benefits and procedure. He highlighted the challenges faced during the implementation of quality assurance process, keeping in view the mechanisms followed in the institutions. During later part of the seminar, Engineer Ismail discussed the review and evaluation of the self-assessment reports. He emphasized upon the need for preparing the complete and comprehensive reports in accordance with the guidelines given in the HEC Self-Assessment Manual. The presentation was followed by an extended question and answer session. Engineer Muhammad Asghar, Rector NUST, was the chief guest of the Closing Ceremony. During his speech, he highlighted the importance of quality assurance in higher education and declared it as a dynamic concept. He also urged upon NUST Institutions to take the implementation of quality assurance policies and programs very seriously. He stressed upon importance of the self assessment process which enables the departments to assess their strengths and weak areas in the realm of quality education and research. The Rector urged upon the participants to adhere to the quality assurance programs to keep NUST improving its rank in the top universities of the world.