St. Mary’s College
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of St Mary’s College was set up as a quality sustenance and enhancement measure on December 10, 2007. The prime task of the IQAC is to develop a system for conscious and consistent improvement in the overall performance of the College. Its work is towards internalization and institutionalization of quality enhancement initiatives. IQAC depends upon all the constituents of the institution and is a facilitative and participative system. At St Mary’s College, the IQAC is a vehicle for ushering in quality enhancement by working out planned interventionist strategies and by constantly monitoring their progress using its arms including the Academic and Administrative Audit (AAA) Cell.
Feedback collection is a key part of the quality assurance process and the IQAC plays a very important role in this regard too. Teacher feedback is taken by the Principal’s office twice a semester using anonymous online forms. The IQAC collects feedback on every staff colloquium and research presentation. In addition, the AAA Cell collects feedback on every functional unit of the College once a semester. The AAA Cell and its audit teams also use focus group discussions to understand the issues raised by various stakeholders, especially the students.
The IQAC under the Chairmanship of the Principal has Heads of Departments, external advisors and representatives of the management and other stakeholders as its members. For the academic years 2017-18 and 2018-19, Mr J Michael Preetham, Assistant Professor of English, has been the Coordinator of the IQAC.
The IQAC of St Mary’s College ordinarily meets once every quarter.