IQAC

 

 

INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE CELL (IQAC)


1.1 Introduction of Institute

Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering (SVCE), Bengaluru is a self-financed Institute, affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), approved by AICTE and Government of Karnataka, established in the year 2001 by Honourable Chairman Sri V Muniyappa. The campus is attractively landscaped in an 11 acre land at Vidyanagar, Kempegowda International Airport Road, Bengaluru with all sophisticated amenities for incorporating world class education.

SVCE is a unit of Sri Venkateshwara Group of Institutions (SVGI). SVGI caters to the educational needs of the society from child education to Doctoral Degree programmes in Engineering and Management. The Institute offers six Under-Graduate, five Post-Graduate and six Doctoral Degree programmes. Five undergraduate programmes in Mechanical (ME), Computer Science (CSE), Electronics and Communication (ECE) and Civil (CE) Engineering are accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). Six departments – ME, CSE, ECE, EEE, Civil, and Chemistry - have been approved as research centers by VTU to offer Ph.D Programmes. SVCE is listed among colleges under Sections 2(f) & 12 (B) of UGC.

Under the able guidance of Sri V Muniyappa, Chairman and Dr. Shashidhar Muniyappa, Chief Executive Director (CED), the institute is engaged in developing graduates with innovativeness, effective communication and ethical engineers to cater to the needs of technology in the changing world. The Institute has created an encouraging environment for effective holistic teaching and learning, fosters active research through its research centers. Institute has received several world class recognisitions which includes "GOLD BAND RATING from the most prestigious Indian College and University Ranking Organisation QS I-GAUGE", "Engineering College of the year 2016 by Higher Education Review".
 

1.2 Overview on IQAC

IQAC in the institution was constituted in the academic year 2014 with a view to initiate, plan and supervise different activities which are important to maintain and improve the quality of education imparted, which is well defined in the quality policy of the institution. IQAC has member representatives from the top management, teaching, students and stake holders for getting diversified suggestions for continuous improvement. IQAC is a significant body of the institution which monitors the process of teaching, learning and evaluation. It takes the responsibility of generating and promoting awareness in the institution regarding multi level quality sustenance activities and implementing new ones for attaining excellence. The prime task of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious, consistent & catalytic improvement in the overall performance of institutions. For this, it will channelize all efforts & measures of the institution towards promoting its holistic academic excellence.

SVCE is committed to continually improve the infrastructure, research initiatives, enhance the faculty competencies and empower the students to self-learning. The IQAC conducts meeting once in every six months to discuss the improvements to be carried out and enables the institution to focus on mission and vision. Parameters related to the enhancing of the quality of the institution like, innovations in teaching, National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation, Infrastructure development and more are considerably improved after the formation of IQAC Committee.

Vision of Institute

To be a premier institute for addressing the challenges in global perspective.

Mission of Institute

M1. Nurture students with professional and ethical outlook to identify needs, analyze, design and innovate sustainable solutions through lifelong learning in service of society as individual or a team.
M2. Establish State of the Art Laboratories and Information Resource centre for education and research.
M3. Collaborate with Industry, Government Organization and Society to align the curriculum and outreach activities.

IQAC – Vision

To ensure quality culture as the prime concern for the Higher Education Institutions through institutionalizing and internalizing all the initiatives taken with internal and external support.

Aim of IQAC

The main aim of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) is to monitor and coordinate all the activities of the institute by considering the Quality for upgrading the Institutional Standards.


1.3 Objectives of IQAC

The objective of IQAC is:
* To evolve a system for responsive, 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.
* To ensure quality standards in teaching, learning and evaluation patterns and related activities
* To administrate various new academic activities to supplement the existing practices. Further, it encourages activities in the co-curricular and extra-curricular spheres.

1.4 Strategies of IQAC

IQAC shall evolve mechanisms and procedures for:
* Ensuring timely, efficient and progressive performance of academic, administrative and financial tasks
* The relevance and quality of academic and research programmes
* Equitable access to and affordability of academic programmes for various sections of society
* Optimization and integration of modern methods of teaching and learning
* The credibility of evaluation procedures
* Ensuring the adequacy, maintenance and functioning of the support structure and services
* Research sharing and networking with other institutions in India and abroad

1.5 Functions & Responsibilities of IQAC

* Developing ethical work culture in the Institute 
* Improving the academic and administrative performance of the Institution
* Organizing inter and intra Institutional Workshops, Seminars, Project Exhibition and Research activities
* Playing as a nodal agency of the institute for coordinating various activities ensuring quality including adoption and dissemination of best methods and practices
* Ensuring a learner-centric ambience conducive for quality education and for continual improvement.
* Emphasize faculty expertise to adopt the knowledge, technology and innovations for participatory teaching and learning process.
* Inviting suggestions and recommendations from stakeholders on curriculum. 
* Documentation of all the activities leading to quality improvement.

1.6 Focus of IQAC

The various activities focused by IQAC:
* To implement quality in education system and ensure continuous improvement of the institute.
* To develop a system to improve the academic and administrative performance of the institution.
* To promote measures for institutional functioning towards quality enhancement through best practices.
* To perform Academic and Administrative Audit (AAA) and meetings ever year.
* To obtain the students feedbacks then analyze and initiate action each semester.
 

1.7 Benefits of IQAC

IQAC will facilitate/contribute:
* Ensure heightened level of clarity and focus in institutional functioning towards quality enhancement
* Ensure internalization of the quality culture.
* Ensure enhancement and coordination among various activities of the institution and institutionalize all good practices
* Provide a sound basis for decision-making to improve institutional functioning
* Act as a dynamic system for quality changes in HEIs
* Build an organised methodology of documentation and internal communication.
 

1.8 Composition of IQAC

IQAC is constituted in institution under the Chairmanship of the Head of the institution with heads of important academic and administrative units and a few teachers and a few distinguished educationists and representatives of local management and stakeholders. The composition of IQAC has internal as well as some eminent external experts well known in their chosen domain of expertise. They attend IQAC meetings and give valuable suggestions.

The composition of the IQAC is as follows:

S. N. Category S. N. Name
I. Members of Management 1 Dr. SHASHIDHAR MUNIYAPPA
CED, SVGI, Bengaluru.
II. Chairperson 1 Dr. SURESHA, Principal
III. Senior Administrative Officers 1 Dr. SHIVASHANKAR - E&CE
2 Dr. SANJEEV C LINGAREDDY – CS&E
3 Dr. SHOBA M - IS&E
4 Dr. SHRISHAIL KAKKERI – ME
5 Dr. VIJAYASHREE R B - E&EE
6 Dr. RAJAKUMARA H N – CE
7 Dr. Ch. MAMATHA – BS
8 Dr. DINAKAR G  – MBA
IV. Teachers of the College 1 Mr. DILEEP REDDY BOLLA – E&CE
2 Mrs. VARSHA KULKARNI – CSE
3 Mr. MARIA NAVIN J R – ISE
4 Mr. CHANDRA PRASAD B S - ME
5 Mr. NAVEEN KUMAR B M  - CE
6 Mrs. ANITHA M - MT
7 Mr. SRIDHAR M L - Accounts
8 Mr. KANTILAL V R - Office
V. Nominees from local Society, Students and Alumni 1 PAVAN SHETTY C
Project Manager, DellEMC, Bengaluru.
2 MEGHANA N
Alumni, E&CE,SVCE.
3 Dr. THIPPESWAMY G
Dean Acadmics,BMSIT
VI. Nominees from
Employers /Industrialists /Stake holders
1 Mr. SHIVASHANKAR REDDY
Civil Engineer
2 Mr. MANJUNATH N K
Parent
VII Coordinator of the IQAC 1 Dr. JIJESH J J
Associate Professor/E&CE
 

Composition of IQAC circular

1.9  IQAC Meeting

The IQAC conducts meeting once in six months and checks all the requirements and needs of the institute, then suggests the improvements to be carried out which enables the institution to focus on mission and vision. The meeting with date is as shown in Table 1.
 
Table 1:IQAC meeting with date

Meeting Dates Meeting Dates
2014-2015 (1st ) 11-08-2014 2017-2018 (1st ) 08-08-2017
2014-2015 (2nd ) 09-02-2015 2017-2018 (2nd ) 07-02-2018
2015-2016 (1st ) 10-08-2015 2018-2019 (1st ) 08-08-2018
2015-2016 (2nd ) 08-02-2016 2018-2019 (2nd ) 05-02-2019
2016-2017 (1st ) 09-08-2016 2019-2020 (1st ) 01-08-2019
2016-2017 (2nd ) 08-02-2017    
 

1.10 IQAC has contributed significantly in the following areas:

* NBA Accreditation.
* QS I-GAUGE rating.
*  Expert Committee Visit.
* Ranking.
*  Patents and Funding Projects.
*  MoU with Industries and Institutes.
*  Publication of research articles.
*  Up gradation of faculty qualification.
* Freshers’ induction programme.
*  Sponsored Seminar, Workshop, Faculty development programme and Conferences.
*  Training and Placement Activities.
*  Development and auditing of course file.
*  Introduction of QPDS system.
*  Training programs to the faculty.
*  Participation in smart and clean survey by AICTE.

1.11 Incremental improvements made for the preceding five years

1.      Accreditation by NBA
IQAC has set a platform for the improvements in the standards of various departments by guiding them the need of improvements required.
 
2.      Streamlining of internal examination process
IQAC initiated the process of QPDS system to set benchmark norms for internal examination.
 
3.      Preparation for NIRF and QS I-GAUGE
Structured the complete process are organised the system properly with proper methodology.
 
4.      Tracing of projects and research carried out.
The sponsored research and the research projects with publications in the research field is tracked properly  and ensure that funds flow for sponsored research projects are monitored. The IQAC has played a major role in bringing out three Ph.D. graduates over these years and around 36 research scholars are encouraged to pursue their doctoral program.
 
5.      Infrastructure facilities.
The growth in the field of infrastructure facilities has been upward for expanding the research requirements.
 
6.      QRIDES
The department of QRIDES has been initiated for the research and development.
 
7.      Funded projects.
IQAC has contributed in motivating students and faculties to get funded projects from DST, AICTE, KSCST, ISRO, VTU and VGST.
  
8.      Organisation and participation of Hackathon.
Students are encouraged to participate in Hackathon conducted by MHRD and the institute has organised Hackathon three times from 2017 onwards.
 
9.      Analysis of faculty feedback
Proper feedback formats has been maintained and the analysis is done by IQAC to evaluate the teaching learning process.
 
10.  Getting digitalized in more number of academic operations.
The institute mainly does all the correspondence through digitised format.
 
11.  Conduction of sponsored conferences, workshops, seminar and faculty development programme.
The institute gives more attention in organising sponsored and funded events from various other organisations.
 
12.  Mentor books for students counselling.
Each student has a mentor and they will be monitored regularly.
 
13.  Canteen.
An excellent canteen facility is provided with many choices in food and facilitated with app based system.
 
14.  Alumni collaboration.
Every year alumni interaction is carried out and frequently alumni used to visit the campus and discuss with the students and faculties.
 
15.  NSS activities.
The institute takes special interest in conduction of social events every year such as blood donation and so on.
 
16.  Skill Development and Certification courses.
The institute has an excellent structure in the skill development and motivates students to take up online courses and other certification program.
 
17.  Industrial Visit.
The IQAC motivates all the students to interact with the industry and update their knowledge as per the industrial standards.
 
18.  MoU.
The IQAC has helped in establishing Incubation Centre and building up the relationship with various industries and academic organization by signing MoU for better research activities.
 
19.  Internship activities.
The initiatives taken by IQAC motivated many students to take up their Internship at Asia University Taiwan in which students gained global exposure. More students do there internship at various institutes.
 
The IQAC identifies the best practice and implements the same, year after year at various levels of management and makes sure that the system is well placed to have a better progress in the future.

1.12 Institutional Challenge

The institute is facing many challenges.
* Diminishing admissions to core engineering programmes due to severe competition (uncontrolled intake) by the nearby Universities.
* To attract core companies for placement.
* Global recognition of the Institute for faculty & student exchange.
* Attracting top ranking students.
* Meeting the industry demands and expectations in terms of emerging technologies still continues to be a challenge.
* Incubation centre establishment and Entrepreneurship Development Activities 

1.13 Quality Performance Assessment


1.13.1 Academic & Administrative Audit (AAA)
Academic & Administrative Audit of the institute is conducted once in a year. The departments are assessed based on the quality parameters covering Department practice, Curriculum Design and Development, Infrastructure and Learning Resources, Research, Consultancy and Extension. Also mainly focuses on Infrastructure & Learning Resources, Organization and Governance, Innovative Practices and Placement & Progression. IQAC helps in the conduct of Academic & Administrative Audit. It is conducted by a team comprising of both internal members and headed by the IQAC coordinator and Principal.

Academic & Administrative Audit for 2014-15
Academic & Administrative audit for 2015-16
Academic & Administrative audit for 2016-17
Academic & Administrative audit for 2017-18
Academic & Administrative audit for 2018-19

1.13.2 Institutional Values and Best Practices

SVCE strongly believes in fostering the dignity & value of every individual. Gender equity promotion Programmes are organized every year. The Institute ensures safety & security of students and employees by providing security personnel and CCTV surveillance. Counseling & common rooms for girls are provided. All necessary information is communicated to the students through digital media.
The Institute is keen in effective utilization of natural resources, 93.41 % annual power requirement is met by solar energy sources, remaining extra power are supplied to the grid. About 23.42% annual lighting power requirement is met through LED bulbs. Effective waste management is ensured at all levels. More than Rs. 8 lakhs is spent on green initiatives for paperless office and plastic free environment.
SVCE is situated in prime location of Bengaluru city. It is continuously reciprocating with its neighbours to address the locational advantages & problems by conducting more than 80 initiatives.
Code of conduct handbook for students and teachers & core values of the Institute is available on the Institute website. The Institute is profound on celebrating National festivals to uphold the Majesty & integrity of the country. Human Values and professional ethics are being taught in the curriculum. The Institute strictly adheres to the rules and regulations of the University, AICTE and Govt. of Karnataka. The Institute has conducted 35 activities for promotion of Universal values. Academic & administrative audits are also in place. Meditation classes and design thinking classes are conducted regularly to create holistic learning environment and to ignite the young minds.

1.13.3 Academic Calendar:

At the beginning of the academic year the college will set the academic calendar as per the University requirements and IQAC guidelines and follow strongly as per the schedule which is shown in the template of Figure 1 and Figure 2

Figure 1:  Institute academic calender  
Figure 2: Department academic calender

1.13.4.Result Analysis
The IQAC considering the importance of maintaining the quality in the process of generation of Question Paper, and adopted Question Paper Delivery System (QPDS), which is developed by our faculty members. This system has various levels of security making it mostly tampers proof and supposedly tackles the menace of question paper leakage. Our institute has adopted the process in a very systematic way and all the problems have been overcome. The examination committee takes care of the entire process of examination by conducting internal and external examination in time to time as per the schedule. Internal Assessment (IA) tests are conducted as per the calendar of events. Complete transparency is ensured in the entire assessment process. QPDS is being used to generate IA question papers 30 minutes before the test. The course instructors evaluate with scheme of evaluation the test books within one week from the date of conduct of test.

Ø Analysis

The analysis of the Internal Assessment and university examination is carried out after the declaration of the results and then further proper action is initiated by identifying and Supporting Weak Students and Encourage Bright Students.

Ø Action Taken


Support Weak Students:

The IQAC and department take special care in the evaluation process of the students and find out the strengths and weakness.  The department mainly focuses on the ways to uplift the students rather than focusing on weaknesses. Remedial classes/workshops are conducted to the students, who are secured less marks in internals as well as some of simple assignments are given so that they can improve their learning skills.

·Encouraging Bright Students

The IQAC and department identifies the bright students based on their performance in the Examination as well as the students who score beyond the limit set by the department. The students are encouraged and guided based on their area of strength. The analysis of the students will be carried out by encouraging the students to get involved in fests, mini project, project exhibition, conferences, seminars and group discussion. The students try to expose their strengths and weakness which intern motivates them to upgrade their knowledge in relevant field. Students are encouraged to participate in the International and national level events. There by encouraging students to attend GATE coaching classes as well as motivating them to present papers in reputed conferences.


 

1.13.5   Student Feedback and Actions Taken:

Student Feedback:

The Student feedback is taken online 3 times in a semester; at the beginning, mid-term and at the end of the semester feedback is conducted. It is based on teaching learning process.

In the beginning of semester based on the subject preferential matrix and the skill set of the faculty all the faculty will be assigned with their expertise subject and domain. The programme coordinator, IQAC coordinator and department academic committee keeps a close view of the performance of the faculty member. After the duration of one month the initial feedback is taken for individual subject and a proper analysis will be carried out. Based on the feedback of the faculty in their respective subject, the program coordinator, IQAC coordinator and the academic members will suggest the necessary improvements to be carried out if the feedback of faculty drops down beyond the certain limit. Further, the faculty will be send for induction programs, seminars, workshops and faculty development program to give their best for the teaching learning process.

After the duration of two months from the beginning of semester the close observation will be carried out for the faculty members regarding their feedback and analysis will be done. So, based on their performance faculty members will be motivated to improve further and communicate in best manner to students.

Figure 3: Student feedback.
Figure 4: Final Feedback.

 

At the end of semester the final analysis of the feedback will be carried out and based on the observation of programme coordinator, IQAC coordinator and department academic committee members will suggest and closely monitor the required improvements to be carried out. The faculty members will be encourage to enhance their knowledge in their respective domain by motivating them to carry out the research activity and publish their manuscript in reputed journals and conference. The Figure 3 and Figure 4 show the template of the student midterm and final feedback.

Actions
Faculty members who are getting less feedback in comparison with the department limit set which is less than 60%, are been asked to discuss with the senior faculty,  Programme Coordinator and IQAC coordinator. They are being allowed to undergo training programs and attend workshops. The number of faculty with less feedback is asked to attend the training/ workshops there by improve their teaching.
 

1.13.6 Feedback of Faculty, Employers, Alumni and Parents

The feedback is collected from all Faculty, Employers, Alumni and Parents in order to analyse the performance of the system and further necessary action is initiated.
 

1.14 IQAC Report Summary

The IQAC report summary  is enclosed in the link below.

IQAC Report Summary


1.15 IQAC Roadmap for next 5 years

The IQAC Roadmap for next 5 years
1.    NAAC accreditation with A+
2.    Autonomous Institute
3.    NIRF ranking
4.    NBA accreditation for other departments
5.    Research citations and papers published
6.    Industry Interaction
7.    More Ph.D. awardees
8.    Improvement in Placement in core companies
9.    Research & Innovation
10.  Internship for Faculty and Students
11.  Funding for research
12.  Winning Awards
13.  Obtain better results
14.  Patents
15.  Entrepreneur development activities
16.  Organising sponsored and funded events



1.16 Role of the Coordinator/Member

The following are the roles and responsibilities carried by coordinator/Members IQAC:

* To coordinate the dissemination of information on various quality parameters of higher education

* To coordinate the documentation of the various programmes / activities leading to quality improvement
* To coordinate the quality-related activities of the institution
* To coordinate in preparation of the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) to be submitted to NAAC based on the quality parameters.
* To coordinate the timely and efficient execution of the decisions of IQAC committee