The Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) was established in September 2013 at Hamdard University. Hamdard University established Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) for the introduction and implementation of procedures and criteria methodology by HEC guide line for the monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of the project or service facility to ensure that quality standards are met.
QEC seeks to assure quality in all academic and administrative departments. Quality Assurance is a process-driven approach with specific steps to help define and attain goals. This process consists of design, development, production, and services. The goal is to ensure that excellence is inherent in every component of the process. The cycle for quality assurance consists of four steps: Plan, Do, Check, and Act. Ever since the inception of QEC, all departments have set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are strictly followed and regularly audited. This helps maintain the standard and assures quality in the departmental performance. The QEC also ensures that the quality output at all deparstments is further enhanced by providing support and guidance using the internationally accepted QA tools.
With the evolution of global education standards, the focus on quality education has increased significantly. Hamdard University focuses more on personality formation, knowledge base and practical skills of graduates. Quality assurance can be defined as a continuous self-assessment process through internal or external evaluation and accreditation. This process ensures an effective alternative to the pre-determined requirements of educational standards through an institution or study program.
As QEC is responsible for promoting public confidence that the quality and standards of the award of degrees are enhanced and safeguarded (as per HEC guideline). It is liable for ensuring that the university’s quality assurance procedures are in line with national arrangements for maintaining and improving the quality of higher education. The core responsibilities of Hamdard University QEC are the following:
Progress Review Meeting & Training of QECs on 11th & 12th March, 2021 Organized by QAA-HEC
QAA-HEC awarded the shield of recognition to Mr. Shehzad Afzal Kayani, Director QEC during the ‘Progress Review Meeting & Training for Quality Enhancement Cells’ for their Excellent Performance in the Yearly Progress Report (YPR) for the year 2018-2019. This shield was for universities that have complied with 80% or more of the agency’s quality policies and procedures. The rating score is based on a comprehensive set of more than 50 parameters. The Yearly Performance Review conducted by HEC QAA is a multidimensional review to regularly measure quality of higher education institutes. The most notable parameters include self-assessment, assessment of institutional performance, evaluation of program assessment of HEI and continuous quality improvement (CQI) framework.
Postgraduate Programs Review (PGPR) is one of the performance indicators prescribed by the Quality Assurance Agency, HEC to be executed by each higher education institute annually inviting the external reviewers. The PGPR is based on the review of the program prescribed by the QAA, HEC to ensure the minimum compliance to start the postgraduate programs and for the award of the degree
A Two-day Postgraduate Programs Review of Institute of Hamdard University, Karachi was conducted from 30-31 March, 2021 for the period 2019 to 2021. Reviewers were invited from outside Dr. Abdul Wahid Usmani, Director QM&A of Jinnah Sindh Medical University and Prof. Dr. Anila Amber Malik from Department of Psychology, University of Karachi.
Interaction with the key stakeholders including Deans, Heads of Teaching and support departments, and postgraduate students was also done to collect their feedback regarding their satisfaction level with reference to the quality of teaching, learning, and assessment, awareness of the policies, department support, research facilities and timely completion of the program.
The goal of Hamdard University is to continuously enhance the quality of education. The IPE Review Panel which is comprised of three senior Academicians reviewed that Hamdard University is the one of the largest private sector General Category University in the country. IPE is a comprehensive overview of the university whose overall performance is assessed on the basis of 11 IPE standards.
QEC organizes various seminars every year to raise awareness among students, teachers and its administrative staff members about different ways to achieve quality at every level. The spread of COVID-19 is a threat to humanity as the pandemic has forced the closure of many global activities including educational activities. In order to contain the spread of the virus, despite the challenge of this sudden transformation, educational institutions have been forced to switch to e-learning and use different online educational platforms available. To further explore the potential challenges for learning activities, this seminar aims on e-learning from students perspectives on the use and implementation of e-learning systems at Hamdard University during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Prof. Dr. Wahid Usman, Director of QM&A, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, was kind enough to spare time and gave a session on 17 June, 2021 and the topic was “Challenges of maintaining quality online education during epidemic (COVID 19)”. Students also participated in Q/A session so their issues can be addressed properly.