Higher Education Commission (HEC) demands of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to demonstrate the effectiveness of their academic programmes in providing high quality education that has positive impact on the students and inculcate a sense of responsibility, ethical values and professionalism in the students to overcome the challenges of life. Furthermore, most accrediting bodies and others concerned with quality assurance are being requested that institutions assess students’ learning outcomes as a means of improving academic programs. HEC has also developed methods for assessing the quality of academic programmes that facilitate HEIs to evaluate their own programmes.
Self-Assessment is a part of Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and it is an important tool for academic quality assurance, and provides feedback for faculty and administration to initiate action plans for improvement. The objectives of self-assessment are to maintain and continuously enhance academic standards, augment students’ learning, and verify that the existing programmes meet their objectives and institutional goals, provide feedback for quality assurance of academic programmes and prepare the academic programmes for review by discipline councils.
In this regard, all Heads of Departments (HoDs) that run 26 accredited programmes of NUMS were invited by the Quality Assurance Directorate to initiate a systematic process of gathering and reviewing important quantitative and qualitative data and information from multiple and diverse sources, for the purpose of improving student learning and evaluating whether academic and learning standards are being followed and met.
In addition to HoDs, the directors of NUMS were also part of the orientation session held in the Professional Development Center (PDC), NUMS Secretariat on 11th January 2018. Director Quality Assurance Ms Noor Amna Malik and Director Academics briefed the august audience on the steps involved in self-evaluation process and the timeline that needs to be followed strictly by the Programmes Team nominated by HoDs. A fruitful discussion took place at the end of the presentations led by the Provost Quality Assurance & Resource Development, Prof Dr Syed Mahmood Raza.
Maj Gen (Retd) Muhammad Aslam HI(M), Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS addressed the educationists and highlighted that they have a huge responsibility to make students all-rounder and ‘instill in them best morals and make them work paying attention to detail’.
Emphasis on embracing the change in teaching methodologies and medical technologies was laid by the Worthy Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed HI(M), Vice Chancellor NUMS. He said, “We cannot afford to stay behind the world in at least in medical sciences and technologies and this is the right time to self-evaluate our programmes and invite accreditation agencies to come assess us on national and international standards”.