A meeting of experts from universities and principals of affiliated colleges was organized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for finalization of draft Minimum Quality Standards (MQS) Manual for affiliated colleges.
As many as 10 principals and 18 experts from Quality Enhancement Cells of universities attended the meeting, held at HEC Regional Centre, Lahore, chaired by Mr. Fida Hussain, Director General (Academics), HEC. The Manual was finalized after incorporating suggestions and recommendations of experts. Once approved by HEC authorities, the Manual will be used as a tool for performance evaluation of colleges affiliated with universities in Pakistan. The Academics Division of HEC has been mandated to implement a component of World Bank’s Tertiary Education Support Program (TESP) associated with College Education.
The main focus of the initiative is to achieve academic excellence by improving standard of affiliated colleges through quality of teaching and learning in collaboration with HEIs and provincial authorities. Under MQS, different standards have been developed and each one of these articulates a specific dimension of the institutional quality.
These standards include setting goals, academic programs and evaluation, student admission and progression, faculty and non-academic staff, physical Infrastructure, academic facilities and learning resources, organization, governance and financial management, research, public disclosure and transparency, and community link and outreach.