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Seminar on ‘Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Rawalpindi:June 18:Riphah International University and Quality and Productivity Society of Pakistan (QPSP) jointly organised a national seminar on ‘Quality Assurance in Higher Education’ here on Friday at Riphah International University.

The objective of the seminar was to discuss the key challenges in implementing the quality assurance mechanism in Pakistani universities. The session was attended by various quality assurance experts, deans, directors and faculty members from more than 40 public and private sector universities of the country.

Riphah International University Pro-Chancellor Hassan Muhammad Khan welcomed the participants. He shared the news that Riphah has recently won Internal Quality Assurance Award. He thanked the participants who had come from all over the country to attend the event.

QPSP Chairman Professor Dr. Ali Sajid, speaking at the occasion, said that quality infrastructure of Pakistani Institutions is facing different challenges such as low level of empowerment to vice chancellors, low budgetary allocations, low training and staff of faculty, lack of industry funded projects and low quality culture. “This has led to inadequate faculty development mechanism and ineffective performance management system in universities. To overcome these challenges he recommended that university quality enhancement departments have to make an extra effort in terms of involvement in implementation of the quality processes,” he said.

Director of QEC, Riphah International University Brigadier (r) Salim Ahmed Khan talked about University Ranking Criteria set by Higher Education Commission Pakistan. Highlighting the key points of the quality scorecard he emphasised that universities must align their activities according to parameters set by HEC. He concluded with the remarks that universities should focus on increase in number of research proposals, patent registrations, increase in number of Ph.D qualified faculty, training and development of faculty and university-industry linkage..The news.