Introduction

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has made a policy decision to direct all Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to establish Quality Enhancement Cells (QEC). It has also issued Guidelines for the establishment and monitoring of QECs.
Maintaining the momentum of quality consciousness is crucial in HEIs. Quality Enhancement Cell, an internal quality assurance mechanism of the institution, is conceived as a mechanism to build and ensure a quality culture at the institutional level. Every HEI should have an quality assurance system, with appropriate structure and processes, and with enough flexibility to meet the diverse needs of the stakeholders. The QEC is meant for planning, guiding and monitoring Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Enhancement (QE) activities of the Institute. The QEC may channelise and systematize the efforts and measures of an institution towards academic excellence. It should not be yet another hierarchical structure or record-keeping exercise in the institution; it would be a facilitative and participative organ of the institution. The QEC should become a driving force for ushering in quality by working out intervention strategies to remove deficiencies and enhance quality.
At University of Turbat, The Quality Enhancement Cell was established in 2014. Since then, the cell has been working effectively not only to enhance quality but also continuously improve on it.

Vision and Mission

Vision

QEC aims to strengthen the higher education sector of Pakistan by setting up an exemplary Quality Assurance mechanism that shall be congruent with the national and international practices.

Mission

QEC is committed to assure and enhance the quality of higher education at University of Turbat with respect to good teaching strategies, sound infrastructure, outcome based education, positive students’ perception, valid programs assessment tools and a learning environment conducive to research activities.

Objectives

  • To collate data through feedback forms and course outlines/ plans from the respective departments. 
  • To conduct trainings on regular basis for the Program & Assessment Team in order to generate awareness regarding self-assessment process. 
  • To assess the current status of educational provision at departmental level by holding meetings with the Program & Assessment Team.
  • To critically examine the data and formulate recommendations in consultation with the concerned Head/Chairperson/ In-charge of the department. 
  • To follow the progress of the corrective actions highlighted in the Self Assessment Report (SAR) by the respective departments. 
  • To affirm whether curriculum, subject and staff development, research and other scholarly activities are conducted as per the HEC criteria. 
  • To facilitate the respective departments in getting accreditation certificate from the councils/ bodies prescribed by Higher Education Commission. 
  • To acquire the membership of the international agencies working in the domain of quality assurance.
  • To verify whether Institutional Performance Evaluation Standards (IPES) devised for the betterment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are in accordance with the HEC guidelines.
  • To make sure that the university abides by the rules & regulations set by HEC in terms of faculty appointment, admission to MS/M.Phil and Ph.D programs and last but not the least, plagiarism detection service by utilizing Turnitin Software.