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Workshop on the Role of Assessment Teams
Quality Assurance Directorate at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) organized a one-day workshop on “Role of Assessment Teams”, on 3rd October, 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) and the assessment teams from 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 self-assessment process and its need at NUST for quality assurance. The Chief Guest asked the participants for their full cooperation in implementation of the Quality Assurance (QA) process at NUST.
The resource person, Engineer Ismail, started with the recapitulation of Self Assessment Process and highlighted the roles of Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC), Program Team (PT) and Assessment Team (AT). He specially focused on the weaknesses usually found in Self Assessment Report (SAR) and piloted three activities to make the assessment teams understand the whole process more effectively. These included Review of the SAR, Criteria Referenced (Rubric) Evaluation of SAR and Writing of Assessment Team Report by ATs.

Engineer Ismail also highlighted Quality Assurance Directorate NUST’s position in the QECs Ratings by HEC and asked institutions to play their role effectively to keep the NUST’s rating high. 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.
Closing Ceremony was also chaired by Dr. Asif Raza, Pro-Rector (Academics) NUST. During his speech, he 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 know their strengths and weak areas in the realm of quality education and research. Pro-Rector (Academics) urged upon the participants to adhere to the quality assurance programs to keep NUST improving its rank in the top universities of the world.