The production, transmission and exploitation of knowledge are considered as the real wealth in a knowledge-based society. Higher education institutions are unique in that they take part in all these process. The nature of knowledge always changes that imposes new requirements on academic systems. Quality assurance plays a vital role in Universities to address the generation of quality knowledge. Assurance of higher education quality requires engagement of all relevant stakeholders in facilitating improvement of the standard of education system that ensures students knowledge, skills as well as values to meet the needs of themselves, the industry and the country. In this pursuit the Ministry of Education, University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Universities took Quality Assurance (QA) Project to establish Institutional QA Cell in every University of Bangladesh. This project that ran until the end of 2018 was successful in promoting a quality culture and introducing the best practice in the Universities.
As a continuing process of quality assurance the UGC recommended the institutionalization of internal system of quality assurance at University of Rajshahi through Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) at University level. University of Rajshahi being fully aware of a high-quality learning experience for students immediately addressed the UGCs directive and established the IQAC.
The IQAC is expected to work closely with academic and administrative units across the University in maintaining internal as well as external quality assurance. In carrying out these responsibilities IQAC will facilitate the academic and administrative units of University of Rajshahi in program planning, development and review, and disseminate information and guidance on quality assurance through various means such as offering training and advice to faculty members and administrative staffs on the different processes. The IQAC is also responsible for ascertaining that the University’s quality assurance policies and procedures are robust and effective in maintaining and monitoring the standards of its academic degrees and in supporting the enhancement of the students’ learning experience.
Quality assurance is a team work and IQAC alone cannot implement it. The desired result of quality assurance at University of Rajshahi can only be achieved through the effective participation of all the stake holders.
I seek whole hearted and enthusiastic support from all.