Centre for Internal Quality Assurance (CIQA)

Objectives

The Centre for Internal Quality Assurance has been created as a part of quality control measures enshrined in ODL Regulations, 2017. There are several exercises in the field of distance education which require a separate set of quality parameters which may vary from the on campus programmes for which the IQAC is the nodal agency. The activities in ODL include highly flexible delivery systems and need primarily to be learner-centric. Hence this calls for a separate monitoring body overseeing the vital quality parameters. The formation of CIQA will ensure the adoption of qualitative distance education right through all the processes. The ODL programmes envisaged in SRM IST would be a dynamic model aimed at creating a broad-based, technology- assisted and a leaner-oriented model. Some of the features are:

  • To render quality service to the ODL learners
  • To constantly revisit the system based on experience and keep the ODL activities dynamic
  • To maintain quality in all  the key area of ODL operations
  • All the Quality Assurance efforts will be made public and shared among all the stake holders
  • To keep in place an effective feed-back system
  • CIQA will be the nodal body to coordinate the inter functionality among all the departments of DDE
  • To provide interactive platforms among all players in ODL to exchange views, ideas and innovative practices
  • To ensure quality in the delivery tools form the preparation of Programme Project Report for each programme to evaluation of examination scripts
  • Maintaining accurate records of all the activities in ODL and generate reports of all kinds.

    Activities

    To achieve the objectives listed above, the following activities of CIQA will be in place:

    • The CIQA at SRM IST would meet periodically to review the ongoing activities of the Directorate of Distance Education
    • To monitor the preparation of Programme Project Report and ensure that the guidelines of the UGC are strictly adhered to
    • To oversee the preparation of SLM and suggest effective corrective measures wherever required
    • To follow up the effectiveness of Personal Contact Programmes in terms of its reach, coverage and participation by the students
    • To engage constantly with the UGC and MHRD and understand the implications of their guidelines
    • To be in touch with the other institutions offering ODL and familiarize with the best practices followed elsewhere
    • To encourage research on distance education and encourage the Faculty of SRM IST to go for publications and participate in seminars and conferences.
    • To prepare reports on the progress of DDE periodically and maintain key data on ODL activities in SRM IST
    • To ensure that the learning is maximised through learner-centric approaches.

      Functions

      The functions of CIQA will include the following:

      • The CIQA will collect the Programme Project Report (PPR) for each programme and vet it for quality
      • It will get the PPRs approved by all the all the statutory bodies of SRM IST
      • The CIQA will ensure the implementation of all the policies pertaining to distance education of SRM IST
      • It will generate reports on various activities of DDE and make them available to the authorities of the University
      • It will ensure production of quality SLM for each programme and look for the adoption of the guidelines of the UGC in the preparation of SLM
      • The CIQA will ensure the implementation of the UGC guidelines in every aspect of the functioning of DDE in SRM IST.

        Members of CIQA of SRM IST

        Dr.K.Ramasamy Director (Faculty and Academic)
        Dr.R.Rajagopal Director (DDE), Convenor
        Dr. Ponniah Dean (Management)
        Dr.Jyothikumar Dean ( Science and Humanities)
        Prof. Augustin Pandian Dean (IQAC), SRM IST 
        Dr.Rajiv Sugumaran Head, (Centre for Advanced Research in Education) 
        Dr.Sridhar Krishnasamy Deputy Dean (Science and Humanities)