Vision, Mission and Objectives of Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
It is an accepted fact that higher education forms the basis of the knowledge society, a comprehensive system of creativity and innovation, which is crucially important for the sustainable socioeconomic development of a nation. Recently, higher education in Bangladesh has experienced a phenomenal growth at least in quantity, doubling in number of tertiary level students from 1.12 million to 2.61 million in last four years. But the quality of education and research could not match the horizontal increase. There is a popular saying that quantity without quality is a sure prescription for disaster, while quality without quantity can act like seeds and at least something to build on. So quality is very important in higher education.
The present government headed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to change the landscape of higher education through enhancement of quality of higher education and research in the country. Her dream has been transformed into reality by her capable education minister Mr.Nurul Islam Nahid through establishment of universities, formation of accreditation council, opening up of channels of cross border higher education and upgrading the University Grants Commission into Higher Education Commission. For achieving the target of quality education the GOB and the World Bank has generously funded the project which is known as Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP). The project is being meticulously implemented by the University Grants Commission, with help of the project officials and that of by the World Bank.
- Establishment of Quality Assurance Mechanism is one of the major components of HEQEP. The launching ceremony of Quality Assurance Mechanism in Bangladesh through calling for the proposal of Quality Assurance (QAP) and establishing the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) in each of the universities has been already in place. Establishment of IQACs at the universities would create an enabling framework to provide quality education. The Bangladesh government (Gob) recognizes that the country is at risk of being Marginalized in a highly competitive global economy because it’s tertiary education systems are not adequately prepared to capitalize on the creation and application of knowledge. It also realizes that the state has the responsibility to put in place an enabling framework that would Encourage tertiary education institutions to be more innovative and responsive to the Demanding needs for rapid economic growth, and to empower the graduates with right skills for successfully competing in the global knowledge economy.
In Bangladesh, University Grants Commission (UGC) acts as the intermediary between the Government and the universities for regulating the affairs of all the universities. But currently, there is no recognized quality assurance (QA) mechanism for public and private universities in Bangladesh. The deficiency was recognized in the UGC’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education 2006-2026, and in Gob’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2010. The Strategic Plan, inter alia, recommended the establishment of an independent Accreditation Council for both public and private universities in Bangladesh. Following the recommendations made in the Strategic Plan the Ministry of Education prepared and launched in mid 2009 the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) with the financial support of the World Bank