Quality Parameters

1. Curricular Aspects

Depending on the responsibilities of various Institutions, this parameter deals with curriculum development and implementation process. This parameter looks into how the curriculum either assigned by a University or marginally supplemented or enriched by an institution, or totally remade, depending on the freedom allowed in curricular design, aligns with the institutional mission. It also considers the practices of an institution in initiating a wide range of programme options and courses that are in tune with the emerging national and global trends and relevant to the local needs. Apart from issues of diversity and academic flexibility, aspects on career orientation, multi-skill development and involvement of stakeholders in curriculum updation, are also gauged under this parameter. The focus of this parameter is captured in the following Key Aspects:

  • Flexibility of the Curriculum
  • Feedback from stakeholders
  • Revision/update of regulation or syllabi
  • New Department/Centre introduced

2. Teaching, Learning and Evaluation

This parameter deals with the efforts of an institution to serve students of different backgrounds and abilities, through effective teaching-learning experiences. It also probes into the adequacy, competence as well as the continuous professional development of the faculty who handle the programmes of study. The efficiency of the techniques used to continuously evaluate the performance of teachers and students is also a major concern of this parameter. The focus of this parameter is captured in the following Key Aspects:

  • Permanent faculty
  • Permanent faculty with Ph.D
  • Faculty Positions Recruited (R) and Vacant (V) during the year
  • Guest , Visiting faculty and Temporary faculty
  • Faculty participation in conferences and symposia
  • Innovative processes adopted by the institution in Teaching and Learning:
  • Examination/ Evaluation Reforms initiated by the Institution
  • Average percentage of attendance of students
  • Course/Programme wise distribution of pass percentage:
  • Initiatives undertaken towards faculty development

3. Research, Consultancy and Extension

This parameter seeks information on the policies, practices and outcomes of the institution, with reference to research, consultancy and extension. It deals with the facilities provided and efforts made by the institution to promote a ‘research culture’. The institution has the responsibility to enable faculty to undertake research projects useful to the society. Serving the community through extension, which is a social responsibility and a core value to be demonstrated by institutions, is also a major aspect of this parameter. The focus of this parameter is captured in the following Key Aspects

  • Faculty incentives
  • Foreign grants
  • API
  • Major projects
  • Minor projects
  • Research publications
  • Publications in top journals with impact factor >1.0
  • Research funds sanctioned and received from various funding agencies, industry and other organisations
  • Books published
  • Revenue generated through consultancy
  • Conferences organized by the Institution
  • Faculty served as experts, chairpersons or resource persons
  • Collaborations
  • Total budget for research in lakhs
  • Patents Filed/ Published/Generated
  • Research awards/ recognitions received by faculty
  • Ph.D. awarded by faculty while working in the Institution
  • Faculty receiving the fellowships (Newly enrolled + Existing ones)
  • NSS events
  • NCC events

4. Infrastructure and Learning Resources

This parameter seeks to elicit data on the adequacy and optimal use of the facilities available in an institution to maintain the quality of academic and other programmes on the campus. It also requires information on how every constituent of the institution - students, teachers and staff - benefit from these facilities. Expansion of facilities to meet future development is included among other concerns. The focus of this parameter is captured in the following Key Aspects:

  • Increase in infrastructure facilities
  • Computerization of administration and library
  • Library services
  • Technology up gradation (overall)
  • Computer, Internet access, training to teachers and students and any other programme for technology up-gradation
  • Amount spent on maintenance in lakhs :( ICT, Campus Infrastructure and facilities, Equipments)

5. Student Support and Progression

The highlights of this parameter are the efforts of an institution to provide necessary assistance to students, to acquire meaningful experiences for learning at the campus and to facilitate their holistic development and progression. It also looks into student performance and alumni profiles and the progression of students to higher education and gainful employment. The focus of this parameter is captured in the following Key Aspects:

  • Enhance awareness about Student Support Services
  • Efforts made by the institution for tracking the progression.
  • Student support mechanism for coaching for competitive examinations
  • Students qualified in competitive examinations
  • Student counselling and career guidance
  • Campus placements
  • Gender sensitization programmes
  • Students Technical Activities
  • Scholarships and Financial Support
  • Student organised / initiatives
  • Social initiatives undertaken by the students
  • Major grievances of students (if any) redressed

6. Governance, Leadership and Management

This parameter helps gather data on the policies and practices of an institution in the matter of planning human resources, recruitment, training, performance appraisal, financial management and the overall role of leadership in institution building. The focus of this parameter is on the following Key Aspects:

  • Institution management Information System:
  • Quality improvement strategies adopted by the institution for Library, ICT and physical infrastructure/instrumentation.
  • Welfare schemes for faculty/ staff/ students
  • Total corpus fund generated
  • Annual financial audit
  • Academic and administrative audit
  • Examination Reforms
  • Activities and support from the Alumni Association
  • Activities and support from the Parent – Teacher Association
  • Initiatives taken to make the campus eco-friendly
  • Portable water supplies/Sewage water treatment
  • Safety measures(Chemicals /electricity/fire)
  • Power supply(Electricity Board)
  • Renewable energy sources(Solar)

7. Innovations and Best Practices

This parameter focuses on the innovative efforts of an institution that help in its academic excellence. An innovative practice could be a pathway created to further the interest of the student and the institution, for internal quality assurance, inclusive practices and stakeholder
relationships.The institution is geared to promote an ambience of creativity innovation and improving quality.

  • Best Practices of the institution leading to improvement and having visible impact on the quality of the institutional provisions are considered in this Key Aspect.