In pursuance of its Action Plan for performance evaluation, assessment and accreditation and quality up-gradation of institutions of higher education, NAAC proposes that every accredited institution should establish an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) as a post-accreditation quality sustenance measure. Since quality enhancement is a continuous process, the IQAC will become a part of the institution’s system and work towards realisation of the goals of quality enhancement and sustenance. The prime task of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic improvement in the overall performance of institutions. For this, during the post-accreditation period, it will channelize all efforts and measures of the institution towards promoting its holistic academic excellence. To that end, Utkal University has set up a fully functioning IQAC whose genesis and vision is as follows:
Genesis of IQAC at Utkal University
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Utkal University was established on 2nd January in the year 2008.
The vision of the cell is to act as a catalyst of change for improving quality in teaching, research, infrastructure and learning, resources, boarding and placement. With periodical reviews of all aspects of the University with a bearing on quality, the cell aims at creating awareness for quality as; quality is a journey not a destination. The basic quality for IQAC is: Teachers Teach, Students Learn, All others Facilitate the process.
The primary aim of IQAC is
To develop a system for conscious, consistent and catalytic action to improve the academic and administrative performance of the institution.
To promote measures for institutional functioning towards quality enhancement through internalization of quality culture and institutionalization of best practices.
Prof. Pravati Kumari Mahapatra
Present Director, IQAC
|Prof. Pravati Kumari Mahapatra,
Department of Zoology
Director of the Cell.
April 2018- Continuing
Ex-Directors of IQAC
|Prof. Susmit Prasad Pani,
Directorate of Distance and Continuing EducationDirector IQAC
January 2008 – 2014.
|Prof. Ranjan Kumar Bal,
partment of Commerce and Chairman PG CouncilDirector IQAC.
October 2014 – 2016.
|Prof. Kishor Kumar Basa,
Department of AnthropologyDirector IQAC.
June 2016 – 2018
Year – 2016-17
Year – 2017-18
Year – 2018-19
Year – 2019-20
In a globally connected world driven by a knowledge-based economy, a key factor contributing towards growth and a holistic development is the pace of innovation. More than independent organizations, universities are better placed to speed up the pace of innovation because of their unique confluence of knowledge, research, resources and bright minds. Utkal University has capitalized on this insight by reimagining its innovation ecosystem in two significant ways: I. Annual Research Scholars’ Conclave: Crucial to the research enterprise are the research scholars and the university is keen on promoting student-driven discovery and innovation. Committed to encourage its research scholars, the university organizes an Annual Research Scholars’ Conclave to provide the scholars with a platform to showcase their ongoing research activities, and also to provide the opportunity of exchanging thoughts and ideas with distinguished academicians and industry personnel, and fellow scholars from various disciplines. The primary objective of the conclave is to help scholars explore and engage with diverse areas related to current trends and future advances in sciences, social sciences, humanities and languages. Scholars from Arts, Science and Language departments participate in the conclave through poster presentation of their research work. Scholars are assessed by distinguished academicians of the respective domains and the best poster presenters are awarded with Prizes and certificates to encourage scholars to drive towards meaningful discoveries and foster innovation, research and development in the university. II. Utkal Entrepreneurship Career Hub (UECH): The role of traditional universities has changed and today’s university students want more than academic degrees they no longer aim to seek jobs but to create jobs. Utkal University understands the changing needs of students and in order to remain competitive and relevant, a Centre for Innovation and Incubation (CII) has been established under Utkal Entrepreneurship and Career Hub (UECH), supported by RUSA, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. The objective of the Incubation Centre is to forge strategic connections between industry and academia by inspiring, attracting and working with entrepreneurs, faculty and researchers, and by retaining students with entrepreneurial leanings within the university ecosystem. CII is open to all entrepreneurs, companies, independent researchers, and government and other nongovernment establishments. Through a range of integrated support systems like space, seed funding, mentoring, training programmes, networking and knowledge dissemination, CII aims to create an entrepreneurial environment which would facilitate connections and help the involved stakeholders to actualize their innovative ideas from concept to reality.
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