NAAC has been instilling a momentum of quality consciousness amongst Higher Educational Institutions, aiming for continuous improvement. However, lasting improvements in standards cannot come about only by accreditation from outside, once in five years. An internal mechanism for sustenance, assurance and enhancement of the quality culture of education imparted by them, therefore become essential. Many HEIs already have established the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) as a post accreditation quality sustenance activity. Therefore, in pursuance for performance evaluation, assessment and accreditation and quality up-gradation of institutions of higher education, Jamia Millia Islamia has setup an Internal Quality Assurance cell since 2010. Ever since its establishment the IQAC is actively working towards creating quality conscious environment in the University. Jamia Millia Islamia has been accredited as ‘A’ grade for the first cycle of NAAC accreditation in Feb 2015.
Maintaining the momentum of quality consciousness is crucial in Colleges. Internal Quality Assurance Cell, in fact, is conceived as a mechanism to build and ensure a quality culture at the institutional level. It should have an internal quality assurance system, with appropriate structure and processes, and with enough flexibility to meet the diverse needs of the stakeholders. The internal quality assurance mechanism of the institution may be called “Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)”. The IQAC is meant for planning, guiding and monitoring Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Enhancement (QE) activities of the colleges.
The IQAC may channelize and systematize the efforts and measures towards academic excellence. It should not be yet another hierarchical structure or record-keeping exercise; it would rather be a facilitative and participative organ of the institution. The IQAC should become a driving force for ushering in quality by working out intervention strategies to remove deficiencies and enhance quality.