Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)


In pursuance of its Action Plan for performance evaluation, assessment and accreditations and quality up-gradation of institutions of higher education, the National Assessment and Accreditation council (NAAC), Bangalore proposes that every accredited institutions should establish an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) as a post - accreditation quality sustenance measure, Since quality enhancement is a continuous process, the IQAC will become a part of the institutions' system and work towards realization of the goals of quality enhancement and sustenance.

The Prime task of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic improvement in the overall performance of institutions. For this, during the post-accreditation period, it will channelize all efforts and measures of the institutions towards promoting its holistic academic excellence.

The guidelines provided in the following pages will guide and facilitate the institution is the creation and operation of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC). The work of the IQAC is the first step towards internalization and institutionalization of quality enhancement initiatives. Its success depends upon the sense of belongingness and participation it can inculcate in all the constituents of the institution. It will not be yet another hierarchical structure of a record-keeping exercise in the institution. It has the potential to become a vehicle for ushering in quality enhancement by working out planned interventionist strategies to remove deficiencies and enhance quality like the "Quality Circles" in industries.


The Primary aim of IQAC is...


IQAC shall evolve mechanisms and procedures for


Some of the functions expected of the IQAC are...


IQAC will facilitate / contribute

Composition of the IQAC

IQAC may be constituted in every institution under the Chairmanship of the Head of the Institution with heads of important academic and administrative units and few teachers and a few distinguished educationists and representatives of local management and stakeholders.

The composition of the IQAC may be as follows...


The Role of Coordinator

The role of the coordinator of the IQAC is crucial in ensuring the effective functioning of all the members. The coordinator of the IQAC may be a senior person with expertise in quality aspects. She/he may be a full-time functionary or, to start with, she/he may be a senior academic/ administrator entrusted with the IQAC as an additional responsibility, Secretarial assistance may be facilitated by the administration. It is preferable that the coordinator may have sound, knowledge about the computer, its various functions and usage for effective communication.

Operational features of the IQAC

Quality assurance is a by-product of ongoing efforts to define the objectives of an institution, to have a work plan to achieve them and to specify the checks and balances to evaluate the degree to which each of the tasks is fulfilled. Hence devotion and commitment to improvement rather than mere institutional control is the basis for devising procedures and instruments for assuring quality. The right balance between the health and growth of an institution needs to be struck. The IQAC has to ensure that whatever is done in the institution for "education" is done efficiently and effectively with high standards. In order to do this the IQAC will have to first establishish procedures and modalities to collect data and information on various aspects of institutional functioning.

The coordinator of the IQAC and the Secretary will have a major role in implementing these functions. The IQAC may derive major support from the already existing units and mechanisms that contribute to the functions listed above. The operational features and functions discussed so far are broad-based to facilitate institutions towards academic excellence and institutions may adapt them to0 their specific needs.