The Quality Code for Design Education in India (the Quality Code) is the reference point for all Indian higher education providers. The Quality Code has been developed in association with and on the model of Quality Assurance Agency, UK. The purpose of the quality code is to make clear what higher education providers are required to do, what they can expect of each other, and what the general public can expect of them.
An Expectation expresses key principles for the assurance of academic standards and quality within the area covered by the respective chapter. Higher education providers reviewed by the India Design Council for Design Educational Quality Mark (DEQM) are required to meet all the Expectations. The manner in which they do so is their own responsibility. The council will carry out periodic reviews to check whether higher education providers are meeting the Expectations.
The Expectations are accompanied by a series of indicators that reflect sound practice, and through which providers can demonstrate they are meeting the relevant Expectation. Indicators are not designed to be used as a checklist; they are intended to help providers reflect on and develop their regulations, procedures and practices to demonstrate that the Expectations in the Quality Code are being met.
Higher education providers are responsible for meeting the requirements of legislation and any other regulatory requirements placed upon them. The Quality Code does not interpret legislation nor does it incorporate statutory or regulatory requirements.
The fundamental premise of this quality code is that qualifications should be awarded on the basis of achievement of positively defined learning outcomes (demonstrated through assessment against a standard) rather than duration of study. Learning outcomes are a statement of what a learner is expected to know, understand and be able to demonstrate after completion of a process of learning.