The Government College University (GCU) Lahore has initiated a self-assessment of its all postgraduate programs for policy reforms to ensure the highest quality standards.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi constituted the Assessment Teams comprising senior professors from GCU and different other universities who will review the implementation of 31 standards of the self-assessment program under the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan guidelines.

Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi on Wednesday visited the Botany Department along with the Assessment Team and reviewed available laboratory equipment, departmental library resources and other research facilities available to students, faculty-to-student ratio, the standard of research and teaching, training offered to support staff in previous years, curriculum design and improvement and other facilities of the Department.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the basic objective of this self-assessment is to identify areas for further improvement by identifying weaknesses and shortcomings in each department of the University and chalk out a plan for continuous improvement and convert these weaknesses into strengths. We also aspire to set good practice examples for other Universities.

He said assessment is a technical and systematic process of gathering and reviewing important quantitative and qualitative data and information from multiple and diverse sources about educational programs.

He went on to say that senior academicians from other universities are also included in the self-assessment teams to ensure impartiality. He appreciated the staff and faculty of the Botany Department as well as those of the Quality Enhancement for maximum cooperation with the assessment team.

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