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Quality Enhancement Cell

The QEC at The University of Lahore (UOL) was established in May 2010 according to the Quality Assurance (QA) framework of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) to maintain and enhance the quality of education and research at UOL.

It is vested with the responsibility to develop and implement the Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) practices such as Self-Assessment at a program and institutional levels for achieving university vision, mission & goals, and attaining enhanced levels of compatibility, both at local and global levels.

The primary purpose of QEC is to incessantly strengthen capacity and capabilities of the university to continuously improve quality of teaching, research and other services like industry consultancy, technology transfer, etc., so as to cater the ever-increasing competition, demands of regulator, councils & rating agencies, etc., economic pressures and social expectations.

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KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

SELF-ASSESSMENT

RANKING

STAFF PROFILE

ACCREDITATION

ANTI-PLAGIARISM POLICY

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AIMS

  • Maintain UOL commitment to its vision, mission & goals and align its various undertakings/happenings/activities.
  • Ensure development/adoption and university-wide implementation of policies, rules, and regulations in letter and true spirit within the context of guidelines provided by the regulatory authorities, accreditation councils, rating agencies, etc.,
  • Customize the institution’s organizational structure, governance system, and committees’ mechanism for increased effectiveness of the university.
  • Ensure that UOL academic programs are in-line with the mission and goals, follow the approval process stated by statutes, and comply with globally recognized standards and systems of teaching, learning, and research.
  • Make sure faculty adequacy, development & performance and facilitate to enhance its effectiveness in research, teaching, and services to the university/community.
  • Enhance the institution’s effectiveness in admitting & retaining students and help them in achieving their educational goals.
  • Strengthen systems of research, innovation, and commercialization.
  • Ensure sufficiency, efficient deployment, and impact of the university resources.
  • Ensure the institution’s adherence to high ethical standards both in its internal management and external dealings.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

As guided by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, QEC is responsible for:

  • Promoting public confidence that the quality and standards of the award of degrees are enhanced and safeguarded. 
  • Review of quality standards and the quality of teaching and learning in each subject area. 
  • Review of academic affiliations with other institutions in terms of effective management of standards and quality of programs.
  • Defining clear and explicit standards as points of reference to the reviews to be carried out. 
  • Developing qualifications framework by setting out the attributes and abilities that can be expected from the holder of a qualification, i.e. Bachelors, Bachelor with Honours, Master‘s, M. Phil., Doctoral.
  • Developing program specifications. These are standard set of information clarifying what knowledge, understanding, skills and other attributes a student will have developed on successfully completing a specific program.
  • Developing quality assurance processes and methods of evaluation to affirm that the quality of provision and the standard of awards are being maintained and to foster curriculum, subject and staff development, together with research and other scholarly activities. 
  • Ensuring that the UOL’s quality assurance procedures are designed to fit in with the arrangements in place nationally for maintaining and improving the quality of Higher Education. 
  • Developing procedures for the following:
    • Approval of new programs 
    • Annual monitoring and evaluation including program monitoring, faculty monitoring, and student‘s perception
    • Departmental review 
    • Student feedback 
    • Employer feedback 
    • Subject review 
    • Institutional assessment 
    • Program specifications 
    • Qualification framework 
    • Annual monitoring and evaluation of academic program, faculty and student.

SELF-ASSESSMENT

The university has developed and applied through Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC), an effective self-assessment and Internal Quality Assurance System (IQA) for the purpose of realization of institutional mission & goals, compliance with external assessments & quality assurance standards and integrating the assessment results for institutional quality enhancement. 

 

The broader process of self-assessment of the university that is being carried is as under:

1- QEC initiates the self-assessment process
2- Departments form Program Team (PT) members for preparing SAR.
3- Departments submit SARs to QEC through respective offices of HOD/Dean. 
4- QEC reviews the reports within one month; in case of incomplete SARs, QEC sends the reports back to the PT members of the relevant department.
5- Rector UOL/Pro-Rector Academics forms Assessment Teams (AT) in consultation with the concerned Dean based on the recommendations of the QEC.
6- QEC plans and schedules ATs visit in coordination with the relevant departments.
7- ATs conduct assessments and present findings.
8- QEC submits executive summary to Pro-Rector Academics/Rector UOL.
9- HODs prepare and submit an implementation plan to the QEC based on AT findings.
10- QEC follows up on the implementation plan to ensure implementation in letter and spirit.

UOL SELF-ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE

 

PROGRAM TEAM MEMBERS

Department

PT Member Name Designation
Pharmacy Dr. Kashif Barkat Asst. Professor
  M. Umer Ashraf Asst. Professor
Language and Literature Fatima Batool Asst. Professor
  Anila Irum Asst. Professor
Diet and Nutrition Sciences Dr. Anees Ahmed Khalil Asst. Professor

RANKING

UOL is among the few top universities of Pakistan that have made it in the most recent Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019. Further, UOL has been ranked 301-350 in the latest THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018 & THE Asia Ranking 2018 and 401-450 in QS World Ranking: Asia 2019. Furthermore, the university secured 03rd position all over the country in the last UI GreenMetric Ranking 2017 for its commitment to the greening of Campus and putting in place environmentally friendly policies that support sustainability. 

The inclusion of UOL in these prestigious ranking systems is a significant achievement, meaning that it is one of the top institutions that fulfill all criteria of an international quality university.

ACCCREDITATION

Higher Education Commission – HEC
Pakistan Engineering Council – PEC
Pakistan Medical & Dental Council – PMDC
Pakistan Bar Council – PBC
Pakistan Nursing Council – PNC
Pharmacy Council of Pakistan – PCP
Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners – PCATP
National Computing Education Accreditation Council – NCEAC
National Business Education Accreditation Council – NBEAC

AFFILIATIONS

National

Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan
Punjab Healthcare Commission

International

World Health Organization (WHO)
World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)
Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (USA)
Medical Board of California (USA)
General Medical Council (UK)
Overseas Registration Examination, UK
Australian Dental Council
International Medical Education Directory (FAIMER)

ANTI-PLAGIARISM POLICY

PREAMBLE

The University of Lahore (UoL) identifies research and scholarly publications key to the realization of its mission, and is, therefore, determined to keep strengthening its research capabilities and culture. It strives to provide a vibrant research environment facilitating faculty, students, and researchers to carry out original and quality research for the larger gains of the society as a whole. However, the management of UoL firmly believes that the aim cannot be achieved without dealing with the menace of plagiarism.

PURPOSE

This policy document focuses on providing clear guidelines on all matters related to plagiarism. Furthermore, it aims at establishing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for effective, seamless, and timely implementation of plagiarism policies, university-wide.

SCOPE

The policy strictly applies to all research activities being carried out at The University of Lahore in all its postgraduate research programs e.g. MS/MPhil/Ph.D./Equivalent, etc.

POLICY STATEMENT

a) The university shall hold zero tolerance for any kind of plagiarism.
b) All anti-plagiarism policies, rules, regulations, and guidelines given by HEC shall be adopted and fully implemented university-wide in letter and spirit.
c) Academic honesty shall be promoted across the board through training and dissemination of documents like researchers’ code of conduct etc.
d) Turnitin shall be used as the official software to check plagiarism of texts written in languages permissible in the software. In addition, only officially provided Turnitin accounts shall be used to check plagiarism. Furthermore, these accounts shall not be used to check the plagiarism of research work other than the one carried out at/by UoL. 
e) In no case shall personal email IDs be used by UoL’s faculty, students, researchers, etc. for any correspondence.
f) Any violation(s) to this policy document shall be immediately reported to UoL’s Plagiarism Standing Committee and/or to other appropriate official body through proper channel.

DEFINITION OF PLAGIARISM

HEC has comprehensively defined plagiarism in its ‘Plagiarism Policy’. The excerpts of the said policy are given as under:
According to Oxford Dictionary, plagiarism is defined as ‘taking and using the thoughts, writings and inventions of another person as one’s own’. This, or various similar definitions found in recognized publications / documents, are very broad and can be used to create awareness about Plagiarism but are not practical enough to apply in order to ascertain guilt or innocence in specific cases. In order to establish the violation of ethical norms, or academic or intellectual dishonesty resulting from Plagiarism and to take punitive actions in this regard, it is necessary that the variety of forms in which Plagiarism manifests itself are known. These include but are not limited to the following: 
• Verbatim copying, near-verbatim copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s paper or unpublished report without citing the exact reference. 
• Copying elements of another author’s paper, such as equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge, or copying or purposely paraphrasing sentences without citing the source.
• Verbatim copying portions of another author’s paper or from reports by citing but not clearly differentiating what text has been copied (e.g. not applying quotation marks correctly) and /or not citing the source correctly.
• The unacknowledged use of computer programs, mathematical / computer models / algorithms, computer software in all forms, macros, spreadsheets, web pages, databases, mathematical deviations and calculations, designs / models / displays of any sort, diagrams, graphs, tables, drawings, works of art of any sort, fine art pieces or artifacts, digital images, computer-aided design drawings, GIS files, photographs, maps, music / composition of any sort, posters, presentations and tracing.
• Self-plagiarism, that is, the verbatim or near-verbatim re-use of significant portions of one’s own copyrighted work without citing the original source.

ADOPTION OF HEC POLICIES

As mentioned earlier, all anti-plagiarism policies, rules, regulations and guidelines provided by HEC shall be adopted and fully implemented university-wide in letter and spirit. HEC also issues notifications from time to time as an on-going activity. Therefore, all such notifications shall be deliberated at the appropriate forum(s) of UoL for adoption in the light of university settings. HEC Plagiarism Policy is enclosed herewith for ready reference. 

TURNITIN

Turnitin is an internet-based plagiarism detection service, being used globally to check plagiarism. It helps students, faculty, and researchers etc. to determine a similarity index of the submitted documents. HEC is encouraging universities and institutions to use Turnitin for checking plagiarism in assignments, papers and reports etc. UoL has already been keeping and making use of this extremely useful plagiarism detection software.
The university shall offer Turnitin services as per the following guidelines:
Who is Eligible to Get a Turnitin Account?
The university Pro Rectors, Director ORIC, Director QEC, Deans, Head of Departments (HoDs) and Librarians shall be eligible for obtaining Turnitin account by the virtue of their positions. However, faculty members may also obtain Turnitin account with the joint approval of the respective HoD and Rector UoL. 
How to get Turnitin Access/Account?
• Download the ‘Turnitin Access Form’ from the QEC webpage at the official UoL website.
• Submit the duly filled, signed and stamped ‘Turnitin Access Form’ to QEC.
• QEC shall process the request in 2-3 working days and communicate login and password to the eligible candidate on the official email address without sending a courtesy copy (CC) to anyone.
‘UOL Turnitin User Guidelines’
‘UOL Turnitin User Guidelines’ shall be developed, explaining each step with necessary screenshots to guide users on how to upload documents and check plagiarism. These guidelines shall be sent by QEC to all new users. 
Note: Refer to HEC guidelines on ‘How to Interpret Originality Report’.

SYSTEM CONTROL

To upload a single file on Turnitin, the users are advised to keep in view the following instructions:
• The file must be less than 20 MB.
• The maximum number of pages allowed is 400.
• File types allowed are MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, PPT, PPTX, PPS, HWP and plain text.

RESEARCHERS CODE OF CONDUCT

All faculty, students and researchers are expected to: 
• Ensure the observance of the universal moral principles of research
• Abide by all UoL research policies, rules , regulations and guidelines etc. as well as follow local and international applicable policies and established practices
• Avoid immoral research practices like improperly listed authors, carelessness, failing to report conflicting data etc
• Apply suitable and relevant research methods
• Conclude on the basis of critical analysis of the evidence
• Report completely and correctly, the findings of a research
• Keep clear, complete and accurate records of all research
• Include in authors’ list the name of only those individuals who meet the applicable authorship criteria
• Acknowledge in publications the individuals who made contributions to the research including but not limited to writers, funders, sponsors etc
• Obtain informed consent (assurance on the confidentiality, and the right to withdraw from the study at any time) prior to data collection
• Keep privacy/secrecy when reviewing others’ work, and
• Avoid plagiarism of any kind, type or form.

Note: Refer to HEC guidelines on ‘Ethics of Using Turnitin for Administrators and Faculty’).

DUTY TO REPORT   

All UOL community members have the implicit duty to report to the authorities concerned, in good faith and without fear, any suspected research misconduct like fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism etc. and/or any incident where known facts indicate a possibility of a policy violation.

POLICY AUDIT

QEC and ORIC shall jointly audit the departments, libraries, etc. for checking the implementation of the aforementioned policies and SOPs.
 

POLICY REVISION

The policy shall be revised, as and when required. 

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