In pursuance of the National Action Plan of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for performance evaluation, assessment, accreditation and quality up-gradation of institutions of higher education, the University of Kashmir has established Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance as a Total Quality Management (TQM) unit.  TQM is a continuous process of developing a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic improvement in the performance of the University. DAQA has, therefore, become a part of University system and works towards realizing the goal of quality enhancement and sustenance.

Goals:

·         To make quality, both academic and administrative, the defining element of higher education through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives.

·         To stimulate academic environment of teaching-learning and research for fostering global competence.

·         To promote collaboration with global institutions for undertaking quality related research studies, consultancy and training programmes.

 

Composition of DIQA:

DIQA operate its activities through two channels.

·         Advisory Body

·         DIQAU

 

Advisory Body:

Under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor DIQA is guided by the Advisory Committee, constituted as per the NAAC recommendation. The Committee helps to generate and promote awareness as well as work out procedural details for bringing in qualitative changes in teaching-learning, research and administrative setup as well as in planning and development of DIQA. It also guides in creating methodological framework for evaluation and promotion of the activities of faculty and administration.

 

Networking of DIQA at Departmental level (DIQAU):

To give representative character for effective monitoring, management, organisation and assessment, each Department/Centre/Satellite Campus/Administration/Examination, etc elects one of their teacher/officer as Nodal Officer as the main functionary of the Department for DIQA activities. Each such Department / Centre, etc. has a unit called Departmental Internal Quality Assurance Unit, DIQAU that plays pivotal role in implementing policies for quality enhancement. Each DIQAU has maximum of seven members consisting of Nodal Officer, 3 faculty members, one representative each of scholars and students working under the chairmanship of HOD/Director. It helps in organizing academic and extracurricular programmes, extension lectures, workshops, seminars, etc. and encourages younger scholars and students to promote and adopt sustainable initiatives for value based quality education. The Nodal Officer establishes coordination among all stakeholders like students, scholars, faculty, administration, etc for promotion and management of quality education.

The network of DIQA was pivotal in exhibiting and presenting the information before NAAC Peer Team for assessment and reaccreditation of the University in July 2011. Due to the consolidated efforts of all stakeholders, the University was awarded “Grade-A” by NAAC and is valid till September 2016.

Plans for 2012:

·         To achieve tangible results in a perspective plan.

·         To establish procedures and modalities for institutional and academic efficiency and excellence on the basis of quality bench marks /parameters.

·         To strike balance between the health and growth of the University.