In an effort to enhance the quality of education and encourage a sustained culture of excellence in  higher education in the country, the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Division (QAAD), Department of Adult and Higher Education, Secretariat to Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC) launched the revised Institutional Accreditation Manual (IAM) 2020  during the 19th Council Meeting held on 4th December, 2020 at The Pema by Realm, Motithang, Thimphu. The Chairperson of the Council, Hon’ble Secretary of Ministry of Education graced the event in a simple Tendrel Ceremony. The Hon’ble Council members and officials from the Department of Adult and Higher Education attended the event. 

The revised IAM 2020 was launched to support Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to examine their institutional vision, standards and performance. Moreover, it will immensely benefit the HEIs in identifying strategies to  improve educational effectiveness. The Secretariat initiated review of IAM since October, 2018 as per the directives of the Council. The Division organized numerous review workshops amongst core working groups and consultation meetings with the key stakeholders including all  HEIs, Professional Councils and the assessors who had been involved in the previous accreditation exercise. 

The revised IAM 2020 will be  distributed to the Universities, HEIs and relevant agencies for their reference to ensure continuous quality enhancement of higher education in the country.

The 19th Council Meeting  also oriented the new members on the functions and mandates of the Council. Further, the Secretariat  updated the Council on the important tasks that the Secretariat has initiated in this financial year despite the pandemic. The Hon’ble Council members provided valuable comments and directives for the seamless conduct of the ongoing activities initiated by the Secretariat.