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Institution Profile
Quality control at PAF-KIET

Sep 24 - 30, 2001

Quality control is rightly the hallmark of educational excellence. Although Business institutes have mushroomed in consonance with the demands of the industry, yet institutes which have maintained their standards are the ones which will survive in this competitive era. PAF-KIET has made a pledge to be the center of excellence at the university level education. This collaboration between the PAF and Pakistan Education Foundation in the field of education has given rise to synergies for producing high quality graduates equipped with skills required to be successful in the job market. The concept of value addition is the philosophy behind these watchwords.

The maintenance of quality in education has been a dilemma for educationists for some time in the country, deteriorating outputs from the universities has even made our whole system open to criticism from abroad. This alarming situation has to be arrested before this panacea crumbles the edifice of our society.

Although it is believed that the pivotal role has to be played by the student themselves, who has to remain not only steadfast in this pursuit but also motivated, determined and unshaken by the malpractices around. PAF-KIET helps provide this environment to its student community. In this context some of the measures are mentioned below.

Course outlines have been developed in a scientific manner after extensive consultation amongst the faculty, industry experts, and prominent professionals. The outlines follow the curriculum guidelines of international professional associations such as IEEE Computer Society, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Management Association. They are reviewed each semester keeping in view the demands of the industry and the latest trends in technologies. It is the intent of the instructors to make their lesson plans palatable and digestible. The outlines are agreed upon between the concerned parties through MBO before the resumption of classes, since it is felt that the degree of commitment is enhanced by this methodology.

The course outlines are organized by session and cover the course plan of 45 hours of contact time per course semester The course outlines are topic-wise rather than chapter-wise. Approx five sub-topics to be covered in each session are highlighted along with text book reference making it easy for the faculty and student to be prepared for each class. A copy of the outline is issued to the students before the commencement of the course.

An elaborate system of monitoring the progress of the courses has been instituted. The system allows the academic department to ensure that class instruction is following the course outlines and class sessions, quizzes and assignment are being conducted at a consistent pace. The system provides instructors with benchmarks for class sessions, quizzes, and assignments for each month.

A system of peer review and external evaluation ensures the quality and consistency of the instructions and the contents of the curriculum delivered during each semester. The system consists of review of the outlines by peer faculty members and paper setting and checking of final examination by external examiners from within the department. This culture helps build a healthy criticism amongst the faculty members and a challenge for the class instructor who besides being reviewed by a colleague ensures that the contents of his instructions are fully comprehended by the students. An external examination system also eliminates any halo effects, teachers have for their favorites.

The management conducts opinion poll of the students as regards the quality of instructions each semester The students rate the courses in terms of the quality of instructions, contents, extent of coverage, use of teaching aids, etc. This information when coupled with the evaluation by peer faculty and the department heads greatly assist in the development of the faculty and the course contents.

The institute believes in the development of initiative, self-learning, and learning by experimentation. It does not believe in spoon feeding of the students. Accordingly the Institute keeps a continuous pressure on students through a series of examinations, quizzes, assignments, class projects and presentations. Dedicated faculty members closely monitor quality of these events.

Course grades are awarded based on absolute marks scored in each course. These marks are more or less on the same pattern as prevalent in other institutes. The minimum passing grade in a course is C grade (2.0) however, student must attain at least 2.5 GPA (C+) on aggregate, in order to graduate from the Institute. If the cumulative GPA of a student falls below 2.5, a warning is issued to remind the student regarding the minimum GPA requirements for the award of a KIET degree. If the GPA falls below 2.0, the student is placed on probation; and in the event of failure to improve the grade in the next semester, to the minimum level of 2.0; he or she is dropped from the roll of the Institute.

Quality Control is not the entire responsibility of the institute. In fact an interaction of the student, faculty, and parents is encouraged. This triangular effort helps inputs from varied directions to counsel the students and lead him to his goal. The transmission of semester results to the families is a source of satisfaction and encouragement to all.

PAF-KIET is a chartered institution and as per rules of UGC, accepts credits from all UGC recognized institutions under the following conditions: (i) Not more than 15 Credit hours or 5 courses are transferred, (ii) A course must have a B grade to get its credits transferred, (iii) Credits are only transferred for courses equivalent to those in the KIET curriculum.

A scholarship to an extent of 7% of the enrolled strength is the policy of the Institute. This added advantage spurs the student community to excel their class-fellows and the result is a better cumulative GPA each semester. Beside these formal rewards the strategy of "Small Wins" in shape of prizes for small achievements is also acknowledged.

The eligibility criteria is not too stringent in order to provide yet another opportunity to those students who may not have had an occasion to well governed academic environment. This chance has so far been well capitalized by the students and mends have been made. However in event of abuse of this chance students are to bid their last farewells.

Guest speakers and seminars provide an opportunity to the students and faculty to interact with prominent corporate executives and technology professionals. These activities are planned by the Students Society of Seminars who is groomed in the art of organizing and conducting these forums.

The center of excellence strives to forge ahead in terms of performance, conformance to standards, free of defects and with little trade-offs. Wish us luck that we stand firm in our resolve to maintain our standards and gain competitive advantage.