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 the 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 channel 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 are 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. IQAC Committee has been constituted from time to time as per the guidelines of the NAAC.
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 that teachers Teach, Students Learn, and All others facilitate the process.
Goals of IQAC
The primary strategies and goals of IQAC are:
For further details visit http://naac.gov.in/index.php/en/info-for-institutions#iqac
Prof. Nigamananda Das
|IQAC Committee, Utkal University
|Prof. Sabita Acharya (Vice Chancellor)
|Eight members from amongst the Teachers of the University
|Prof. Navaneeta Rath, Dept. of Sociology
|Prof. Bhaswati Patnaik, Dept. of Psychology
|Dr Mrutyunjaya Panda, Dept. of Computer Science
|Dr Madhuchhanda Mohanty, Dept. of PMIR
|Dr Seema Mallik, Dept. of Political Science
|Dr Rudranarayan Mohapatra, Dept. of Odia
|Dr Ajit Kumar Sahoo, Dept. of History
|Dr Jyotsnarani Pradhan, Dept.of Biotechnology
|One member from the Management Administrative Officer (Members)
|Prof. Subash Chandra Dash, Dept. of Sanskrit and Member Syndicate
|Chairman PG Council
|Comptroller of Finance
|Controller of Examinations
|Director Research and Development
|Coordinator World Bank
|Director College Development Council
|Director Students Welfare
|Director Human Resource Development Council
|Nominee each from the Local Society/Trust, Students and Alumni
|Prof. Ranjan Kumar Bal, Former Chairman PG Council and Director IQAC, Utkal University
|Prof. Saroj Nayak, IIT, Bhubaneswar
|Miss Rajalaxmi Tripathy, Dept. of Zoology (PG Student)
|Nominee each from the Employer/Industrialists/Stakeholders
|Prof. Ashutosh Biswas, Executive Director, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar
|Dr B.K. Satpathy, Former Executive Director, NALCO
|Prof. S. P. Adhikari, Former Vice Chancellor, F.M. University, Balasore
|Prof. Bedangadas Mohanty, NISER, Bhubaneswar
|One senior teacher as the Coordinator / Director of the IQAC
|Prof. Nigamananda Das, Dept. of Chemistry
IQAC, Utkal University makes utmost efforts to follow the functions suggested by NAAC. Some of the functions expected of the IQAC are:
Conduct of Academic Audit of teaching departments
The IQAC conducts overall academic audits for all the University Departments, by duly constituted team involving internal/external experts. The report is placed before the IQAC Advisory Committee and the suggestion for follow-up action is recorded. The same is intimated to concerned departments for further action.
Conduct of Administrative Audit
The IQAC conducts the administrative audit by the team involving faculty and administrative staff of the University/other institutions and submits the report for further action. Steps are taken based on the basis of report and IQAC suggestions.
Conduct of Energy/Green Audit
The IQAC facilitates constituting teams for the conduct of Green/Energy involving internal and external members and places the report before the administrative authority for necessary actions based on the report.
Conduct of Gender Audit
The IQAC facilitates the conduct of Gender Audit by the School of Women’s’ Studies periodically and submits the report to the authority for implementation of suggestions.
The IQAC being at the helm of maintaining Quality at the University has a robust feedback mechanism in place. The periodic feedback assessment helps to maintain quality and foster a healthy environment between the stakeholders. Feedback is collected from all stakeholders on academic, facilities through online questionnaires at department levels and then collectively analysed at IQAC. Based on the analysis, suggestive measures are taken for further improvement of academics, infrastructure and others
Besides this, steps have been taken for the Student Satisfaction Survey as per NAAC 2021 revised guidelines or under the WB-OHEPEE programme.
IQAC is responsible for the timely upload of AQAR in the prescribed format to the NAAC portal and University website. Every year, the IQAC collects the data as per NAAC format from the departments and various units of the University for AQAR, compiles and submits it to the NAAC portal.
Uploading NIRF data in the MHRD portal
Utkal University has been participating in the NIRF ranking since 2017-18. The IQAC is responsible for the collection of data and submission on the MHRD portal for NIRF ranking
Meeting of the IQAC committee
IQAC periodically conduct meetings of its members and places different issues before the committee for discussion and suggestions. As per the recommendation IQAC Committee, IQAC facilitates for timely undertaking of the required activities.
Meeting of Institutional Ethics Committee
IQAC supports the administration in scrutinizing the application of faculty for CAS promotion in various cadres based on API (Academic Performance Indicators) guidelines of UGC.
IQAC actively associates with other Departments/Centre, College Development Council, Post Graduate Council and other units of the University in the conduction of several seminars/ workshops/ programmes/ lectures relating to syllabus enrichment, teaching-learning methods, FDP, IPR, NAAC Accreditation of affiliated colleges, NEP implementation, capacity building, gender sensitisation, health and environment, value & ethics, social issues, awareness programmes, etc. A few of them are mentioned below.
|Research Policy Utkal
|Maintenance Policy Final
In a globally connected world driven by a knowledge-based economy, a key factor contributing towards growth and 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:
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 to exchange 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 the Arts, Science and Language departments participate in the conclave through poster presentations 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.
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 that would facilitate connections and help the involved stakeholders to actualize their innovative ideas from concept to reality.
Promotion of e-Content Development
Utkal University, as part of activities under RUSA and the virtual tutorial programme of the Government of Odisha, to establish a state-of-art virtual tutorial lab for developing e-content at +3 level in bilingual mode (Odia and English) and also for PG level and dissemination of academic and Knowledge content through Social Media and Digital Platforms.
More than 3,500 video content (lectures) for the core papers of 1st, 2nd and 3rd semesters in different undergraduate honours as per CBCS syllabus. The developed video content have been uploaded to the web portal: www. https://vtputkal.odisha.gov.in for use of undergraduate students across the state and beyond.
In COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of students have benefitted from these videos. Besides undergraduate, the facility has been regularly used for recording video lectures in different subjects by the faculty of Utkal University and uploading them to the website. In addition to the curriculum, the facility is also extended for the recording of lectures on research in a specific area, faculty development programmes, seminars etc.
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