HEC selects 10 universities for establishment of QEC

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has initially selected ten universities for the country for the establishment of Quality Enhancement Cells (QEC) and the program is now being extended to cover all the universities of Pakistan. These cells will be responsible for the planning and implementation of quality assurance mechanism in their respective universities.
Representatives of QECs of these universities are being trained in evaluation methods designed for quality assurance and academic quality audit in higher education institutions. Several meetings of QECs of ten universities have been held to review the progress of these cells. A workshop on modern theories and practices on quality assurance has already been held while another workshop on academic quality audit in higher education institutions is being held at the HEC, Islamabad. The objective of the workshop is to train the participants in improving the quality of higher education and to bring it at par with international standards.

Besides, heads of QECs, representative of private sector universities participated in the workshop and shared their views and experiences in this regard. Several academic audit models have been discussed in the workshop. The participants overwhelming appreciated the efforts of the HEC in this regard and termed the implementation of academic audit a must and suggested to set internationally accepted standards for the evaluation of institutions different programmes.
The higher education institutions will be accredited and rated on the basis of evaluation and academic audit report. The HEC has also decided to support other universities as well for the establishment of quality enhancement cells in near future.

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