Delhi University (DU) has finally woken up to the importance of maintaining quality in both curriculum and teaching. The university has constituted an internal Quality Assurance Cell, which will monitor the quality of academic and administrative activities.
To begin with, the cell will first conduct a self-evaluation and submit a self-study report that will talk about the existing quality parameters in curriculum, teaching-learning processes, infrastructure and research in various colleges and departments.
“The first step is to evaluate where we stand right now. So we will look at the standards that are in place and then set up realistic and attainable benchmarks,” said AK Bakshi, director of DU’s Institute of Life Long Learning.
The current examination system, learning resources such as computer labs and libraries, classrooms and facilities for teachers and students, research and consultancy activities will also come under the gambit of the Quality Assurance Cell.
“Some mechanism to monitor quality has been long overdue. The process of internal assessment and correction of papers need special attention,” said Radhika Jain, a final-year history student of Kirori Mal College.
The cell is being seen as DU’s answer to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country.
DU teachers and executive council members have repeatedly refused to get accredited by NAAC.
“Delhi University is a university of excellence and we do not need NAAC accreditation to prove that we are good. DU has set up an internal cell to ensure quality of academics,” said Shiba C Panda, executive council member.
However, it is still unclear as to how the cell will evaluate teachers and teaching methodologies, especially when there has been resistance from teachers for implementing any feedback or evaluation system.