Quality Enhancement Cell-IBA-Karachi organized an “Awareness Seminar on ISO 9001-2015 and Processes The purpose of the seminar was to create awareness on ISO 9001-2015 standards; Six Sigma Methodology; its significance and implementation in universities. The seminar was also aimed at providing consultancy to universities -both public and private sectors-on how universities can setup their strategic directions to improve teaching-learning and administrative processes including HR, Finance, ICT-IT etc. in order to attain academic excellence in Higher Education Institutions.
The Resource Persons of the seminar included Dr. Shahid Raza Mir (Director, Quality Enhancement Cell, IBA & Certified Lead Auditor ISO 9000-2015), Dr. Rameez Khalid (Academic Director, PGD-SCM, IBA & Certified Lead Auditor ISO 9000-2015), Mr. Moeid Sultan (Director Finance-IBA), Mr. Fahad Rehman (Head of Internal Audit Dept.-IBA),Mr. Imran Batada (Director ICT, IBA) and Mr. Ameer Rizvi (Faculty-IBA).
Each Resource Person discussed his area skillfully sharing the best practices of academia and the IBA and possible improvement opportunities to the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of Pakistan. The seminar covered 360 dimensions of improvement in HEIs including implementation of quality management tools, certification for ISO 9001-2015 for quality improvement of processes, accessibility to information technology, importance of financial management, various tools and techniques for financial control mechanism and significance of internal audit. The last session was an interactive group discussion in which groups were assigned to identify problems in the areas discussed in their own universities and suggest solutions or remedial plans using the strategies they learned in the seminar.
The seminar was attended by a large number of universities across Pakistan in house and via Video Conference. These included QEC representatives, faculty members, head of departments, Deans and HEC representatives across Pakistan and were highly willing to participate in the future seminars and conferences at IBA Karachi. The participants showed their positive feedback towards Resource Persons and IBA-QEC Staff.
The compendium of the seminar was interesting as participants showed great willingness to initiate various operational and strategic programs to improve quality of education through process improvement, quality controls and environment. The seminar proved to be an essential effort to improve processes of HEIs that would eventually lead to enhance the quality of education and establish new standards and pathway to successful and prosperous future generation.
Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean and Director of IBA Karachi, in his closing remarks, appreciated the efforts of the QEC for organizing such an enlightening seminar. He emphasized the role of QECs for providing such insightful learning opportunities much needed for the educational reforms and for the up gradation of the educational standards across the country. In the end, he distributed souvenirs to Resource Persons and certificates to the seminar participants and organizers.
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