Ashoka University announced that it has been awarded Advanced E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitisation (Adv E-LEAD) certification from QS I.GAUGE, the India specific rating agency for the Quacquarelli Symonds, London. The E-LEAD certification assesses preparedness of institutions on various indicators such as student-faculty engagement, virtual sessions, and presence of a robust Learning Management System; and all of these elements supported and managed by a team of IT experts or solution providers that are guided by a comprehensive IT policy and best practices to ensure adequate infrastructure is provided for seamless online education delivery. The QS I.GAUGE has launched the E-LEAD programme to commend higher education institutes for their digital shift. The University was awarded the certification after a detailed audit process.
Sharing her thoughts on Ashoka achieving this recognition, Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University said ”We are honoured to receive the Advanced E-Lead certification from QS I.GAUGE for excellence in online teaching. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic last year, Ashoka was proactive in establishing systems and processes for seamless continuity of academics through e-learning. We also took special measures to ensure access to education for students with special needs. Ashoka achieving this recognition is a result of the commitment of our faculty and staff to provide a world-class education to students during the pandemic. It is a moment of pride for all faculty and students at Ashoka.”
QS I·GAUGE is a brand incorporated in India as an independent private-sector initiative specialised in rating colleges, universities and schools. It brings together the global expertise, experience, and reputation of UK based (QS) Quacquarelli Symonds, along with deep local knowledge of luminaries from Indian education.
Based on the globally recognised QS STARS University Rating System developed by QS, QS I·GAUGE has been adapted to capture the reality of the dynamic Indian education sector, while at the same time maintaining the strict quality standards that are synonymous with the QS brand.