Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) conducted its first ever three day IPE Review visit of NUMS from 14–16th March 2018 based on the Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) 11 Standards elucidated in the NUMS University Portfolio Report (UPR). NUMS Quality Assurance directorate and its Quality enhancement cell were the main organizers and custodian of this exercise representing NUMS and its secretariat and various entities.
The HEC Review Panel comprised of Prof. Dr. Inayatullah Babar, University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Peshawar (Team Lead); Mr. Rahim Bux Channa, Ex-DG A & A HEC, Prof. Dr. Sagheer Ahmed, Professor Pharmacology, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad, Dr. Saeed-ul-Hasan
Chishti, Dir. QEC IIU, Islamabad and Mr. Agha Muhammad Raza, Deputy Director QAA, HEC.
As per HEC format the Review Panel started their first day proceedings with an introductory meeting with the worthy Vice Chancellor NUMS Lt Gen Syed Imran Majeed HI(M) who briefly apprised them about NUMS scope of work and its Vision and Mission. This was followed by a detailed briefing and presentation by the Director QA/QEC NUMS Ms Noor Amna Malik about NUMS’ Vision and Mission Statement, core values, ongoing and future projects highlighting the role of Quality Assurance and academics in the research led university.
The presentation session was chaired by the Pro VC NUMS Maj General ®Muhammad Aslam and attended by Provost QA & RD Prof Dr Mehmood Raza and Registrar NUMS Brig Ehsan Kadir. During the session the Panel were given a preview to the various entities of NUMS including its premier constituents comprising of Army Medical College, Armed Forces Postgraduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI) and the Specialty Institutes.
Soon after the briefing the Review Panel members were led to the QEC room to exclusively and thoroughly review and verify the University Portfolio Report based on the evidences provided by the Quality Enhancement Cell on behalf of all the concerned directorates as per each of the 11 IPE standards for the remaining day scheduled. During the process the NUMS QEC Team fully facilitated the HEC Review panel members and liaised between them and the relevant Directors at NUMS Secretariat for swift provision of relevant documents and policies based on any query raised.
The second day started with the detailed visit of the AM College where the panel met with the Principal AM College, the Head of Departments (HoDs) and Program Officers in Command (OICs). The panel was briefed about the history of AM College since its inception in 1977, with a quick overview of the programs and facilities available to the students and faculty. A short well organized tour was conducted showing off the grand infrastructure of the college, classrooms, demonstration rooms, laboratories, library and the conference rooms where the HEC Panel witnessed ongoing classes, demonstrations, hands on training of students in the enabling environment provided by the university. The panel had a thorough but exclusive feedback session with the faculty and students, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The panel appreciated the level of interest shown by even the undergraduate medical students towards NUMS learning and research endeavours. Principal AM College Maj Gen. Saleem Ahmad Khan, himself a PhD in Hematology further stressed on the importance of inculcating research skills in students at all levels by incentivizing and rewarding some of college best researchers apart from supporting them in publication of their research work in renowned, credible medical journals. This was well appreciated and received by the panel who later on expressed their satisfaction on NUMS route towards the right direction.
The next destination was the Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI) where the HEC Team met with the Commandant AFPGMI, HoDs and Program OICs. The Commandant AFPGMI Maj Gen Ammar Raza TI(M) briefed them about the history of AFPGMI and its current academic endeavours run under multifarious regulatory bodies such as HEC, College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PM&DC) and Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC). The panel was led through the Institute where they interacted with postgraduate students learning in state of the art class rooms, accredited laboratories, library and the advanced demonstration rooms equipped with most modern resources and the examination cell.
The review panelists had a detailed feedback session with the faculty and students of the PG Institutes likewise and were briefed about various programs including, MBBS, Nursing, Paramedics and Allied Health Programs, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes that are instrumental for health professionals to keep pace with the advancements in the medical field. Similarly, the team was also briefed about the Disaster Management course being offered at the Institute keeping in view the needs of the community besides foreign fellowships and exchange programs for the faculty as well as students, being carried for the development of higher educational standards of the Institute were also discussed. The review panel commended and lauded the outstanding contributions made by the institute in this direction.
Later a quick trip to the College of Nursing, under the auspices of AFPGMI Rawalpindi was made where the academic and infrastructure facilities were shown around by the Chief Nursing Instructor Brig Nighat Muazzam and Dean Nursing, Ms Raffat Jan, NUMS and few practical demonstrations such as resuscitation process by the nursing cadets was shown.
The day two ended with the visit to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) which started with a detailed briefing by the Commandant AFIP Major General Tahir Khadim and his senior faculty followed by a quick visit of state of the art laboratories conducting microbiological, hematological and biochemical testing at their best.
The panel also had an exclusive session with the five statutory heads of directorates comprising the University Registrar, Controller, Treasurer, Director QEC and Director P&D as part of their requirement.
As per prescribed format on the third and last day of the inspection, the Review Panel had an exit meeting with the Vice-Chancellor NUMS where they were highly appreciative of the academic and physical infrastructure of NUMS and its legacy entities and the efforts NUMS has made towards the accomplishment of its goals in terms of its Vision and Mission.
During the exit meeting the members of the HEC team were joined by the Advisor QAA Dr Riaz who along with the rest apprised the Vice Chancellor about the salient observations and conclusions drawn during their review in their three-day IPE Review visit to NUMS to further enhance its strengths and core competencies towards a qualitative and sustainable governance infrastructure.
The worthy Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor also acknowledged the review panel for their in-depth review and assured execution of the proposed recommendations by the panel. Shields were distributed among the panel members as a token of thanks to bring the three-day extensive onsite university visit to an end.