QEC Session on Preparation of SARs for MS / PhD Programs

On 15th February 2022, Mr. Zahid Hussain (Director QEC, DHA Suffa University) conducted an interactive training session on the preparation of SARs for the MS / PhD program teams of Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Management Sciences departments in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge to participate in their respective programs’ upcoming self-assessment reviews. The session focused primarily on the importance of program self-assessment, not only as a foundation for a meaningful review of the strengths and weaknesses of the program, but also as a means to achieving continuous quality improvement as per guidelines of the HEC.

Mr. Zahid Hussain discussed the objectives, benefits and desired outcomes of self-assessment and explained the self-assessment process in detail. He highlighted the need for academic programs to take concrete actions to remedy areas for improvement identified through the self-assessment process. The program teams were apprised of the criteria and standards for self-assessment as per HEC’s self-assessment manual. Mr. Zahid Hussain also discussed feedback and survey forms and emphasized the need for departments to obtain and maintain a proper record of various surveys, particularly the employer surveys.

QA Awareness Seminars for the Students of Electrical Engineering Department

As per QEC’s practice, a quality assurance awareness seminar was conducted for the first semester students of Electrical Engineering Department by Mr. Asif Gulraiz (QEC Coordinator, EE). Mr. Asif Gulraiz discussed the quality assurance mechanism and the role of students, program mission and objectives, self-assessment of programs, HEC’s self-assessment criteria, the self-assessment model, continuous quality improvement and PDCA. Mr. Asif Gulraiz also emphasized the importance of feedback and survey forms and apprised students of how these forms help maintain quality at program and institutional level. The seminar was kept interactive to encourage participation of students.

QA Awareness Seminars for the Students of Computer Science Department

On 25th November 2021, a series of quality assurance awareness seminars was conducted for the first semester students of Computer Science Department by Mr. Asif Rafiq (QEC Coordinator, CS). The seminars focused on the IQA mechanism, self-assessment of programs, HEC’s self-assessment criteria and the self-assessment model to help students understand a holistic approach to how quality is maintained at institutional and departmental level. The importance of feedback and survey forms was also emphasized and how they help with assessment was discussed. In the end, the outcomes of assessment were explained to the students. The seminars were kept interactive to encourage participation of students.

QA Awareness Seminars for the Students of MS & HSS

As per QEC’s practice at DSU, a series of interactive quality assurance awareness seminars was conducted for the students of Management Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. The seminars, conducted by Ms. Fatima Kiran (QEC Coordinator, MS & HSS), focused on HEC’s self-assessment criteria, ranking criteria and maximum scores for each criterion, self-assessment of programs, feedback and survey forms, and outcomes of assessment. Q&A sessions were held at the end of each seminar to answer the queries of students.

The seminars were conducted as per the schedule given below:

Congratulations to the entire DSU Family and we hope that we continue to reach new milestones together

DHA Suffa University Conducts Self-Institutional Performance Evaluation

DHA Suffa University conducted a Self-Institutional Performance Evaluation (IPE) on 25th and 26th March 2021. The objective of the IPE was to self-evaluate the performance effectiveness of the University based on 11 Quality Standards defined in the IPE Manual of HEC. The standards outline major areas that higher education institutions need to focus on in order to secure recognition for good governance and quality education.

The IPE panel comprised of one External Reviewer (Prof. Dr. Abdul Razak Mahar, Ex-Director QEC, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur) and three Internal Reviewers (Dr. Haider Ali, HoD Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Rizwan Tanveer, Assistant Professor, and Mr. Zahid Hussain, Lecturer).

The review process commenced on Day 1 with a thorough review by the IPE panel of University Portfolio Report (UPR) along with evidences of responses to questions listed under the 11 Quality Standards. Day 2 of the IPE commenced with a brief introduction of the university processes and a presentation on the Compliance Report of IPE 2018-19 by Dr. Imtiaz Hussain (Director QEC). Day 2 of the IPE was dedicated to meeting the academic and administrative heads of departments, faculty members and students to examine the quality of processes at DHA Suffa University. The panel toured the campus and visited the library, classrooms and laboratories to observe the facilities available on campus.

The panel also met university’s management, Engr. Prof. Dr. Johar Khurshid Farooqi (Dean EAS), Brig. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Saeed Minhas (Pro Vice Chancellor DSU) and Engr. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque (Vice Chancellor DSU). The panel appreciated the efforts of DHA Suffa University’s management in maintaining and enhancing the culture of quality.

The self-review process was facilitated by the QEC at DHA Suffa University in collaboration with all the academic and administrative departments.

DHA Suffa University Receives the Prestigious QAA-HEC Award for Excellent Performance

The QEC Team of DHA Suffa University has been conferred upon the prestigious annual performance award by the Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education Commission (QAA-HEC) of Pakistan for Excellent Performance at the Annual Progress Review Meeting held at Aga Khan University, Karachi on March 11 and 12, 2021.

The award recognizes Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of Pakistan that have demonstrated consistent high performance and commitment to enhancing the culture of quality education in Pakistan. The Yearly Progress Report (YPR) is an annual assessment of HEIs carried out by QAA-HEC for their performance against predefined quality parameters. The assessment score is based on the extent to which the universities fulfill these parameters.

DHA Suffa University holds the distinction of consistent high performance on YPR and has remained among the top HEIs. This reflects the commitment of DSU’s management in providing a transparent and progressive outlook of the academic setup based on the latest benchmarks for quality education in a rapidly evolving academic landscape.

Self-Assessment of BBA and MBA Programs

Self-Assessment of BBA and MBA programs offered by the Department of Management Sciences at DHA Suffa University was initiated by QEC. The SAR was prepared and submitted by the Program Team (PT) of department comprising Mr. Abu Huraira, Ms. Sadia Mehboob and Ms. Erum Fatima. The VC appointed members of Assessment Team (AT) for evaluation of SAR. The AT comprised of Dr. Imtiaz Hussain, Dr. Rida Ahmed and Dr. Haider Ali.

During the inspection visit held on December 10, 2020 for BBA and March 8, 2021 for MBA, the AT identified grey areas in the SARs of both programs. Strengths and areas for further improvement identified through the SAR were discussed in detail and mutually agreed upon. The AT appreciated the department for addressing majority of the findings identified in the previous visit.

DHA Suffa University is committed to adhere to the guidelines of HEC and the regulatory bodies and regularly conducts self-assessment activities to enhance the quality of its programs.

DHA Suffa University Conducts Self-Review of MS / PhD Programs

Self-Review of MS / PhD programs offered by the Department of Computer Science at DHA Suffa University was conducted on 18th March 2021 with the objective to ascertain whether MS / PhD programs offered by the department meet their educational objectives and outcomes as per HEC’s criteria. The Review Panel comprised of Dr. Salman Zaffar (HoD Electrical Engineering, Convener), Dr. Usama Siddiqui (Assistant Professor, Member), Dr. Imtiaz Hussain (Director QEC, Member) and Ms. Ayesha Mahmood (ADQEC, Member).

The panel reviewed the Program Proforma, Program Files, Faculty Files and Students’ Files as per HEC’s Checklist and found them to be in order. The panel also conducted a question-and-answer session with the PhD students enrolled in the program. The panel appreciated the efforts of the department in maintaining and enhancing the culture of quality at DHA Suffa University.

DHA Suffa University is committed to adhere to the guidelines of HEC and the regulatory bodies and regularly conducts self-assessment activities to enhance the quality of its programs.