An article entitled “UGC's responses to the pandemic: roles of Institutional Quality Assurance Cells in Bangladesh,” authored by ULAB IQAC Director Prof. Jude William Genilo was published in Emerald Insight on 1 November 2021. The paper focused on the roles played by the Institutional Quality Assurance Cells (IQACs) to implement the University Grants Commission (UGC) directive to shift to online education during the COVID-19 pandemic period in Bangladesh. It highlights the government's efforts to ensure quality education, particularly in utilizing IQACs in the various public and private universities. The paper starts with the pandemic situation in the country, followed by the overall responses of the government, including its directives regarding the conduct of higher education.With the mandated shift to full online learning, the paper discussed the efforts of IQACs in the country to help implement the directive. It should be noted that the paper did not intend to measure the effectiveness of IQAC interventions. It did not also attempt to measure the success of online teaching and learning strategies of various universities. However, it showcased some of the practices and activities by the IQAC as it supported the UGC's concern on quality online learning.
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