Abstract :

Education in India, especially the Engineering Education is facing a lot of disinterest and disruptions. Further, the onset of Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected the quality of education and revolutionized the entire method of teaching, learning, assessment and examination system in our nation. For the last one year, there is an almost absence of face-to-face teaching, there are no proper practical classes or hands-on practice or project work either in the laboratory or in industry. Everything has turned out to be online, virtual, simulation, etc. But the efficiency and effectiveness of involving both the students and teachers in the online/virtual classes/teams is a big challenge. In such circumstances, the question about the quality of education and the graduates is a pertinent one as some industries resorted to conduct additional tests to double-check the quality of the final year students or graduates appearing in placement interviews. So many people involved in technical education, are very much concerned about the quality of engineering education. The author defines the quality of engineering education and its variation in the present context. He describes the role of Management, Governing body, Academic leadership and Faculty members in academic and overall quality of engineering education. The author strongly recommends the use of TQM principles to make the institutions to be holistic, transparent and purposeful. The paper also describes the use of ICT tools and techniques to enhance the involvement of the learners and teachers. The ICT tools and techniques will cater to a wide range of learners to learn at their own pace. The TQM principles and ICT tools are also used for the measurement and improvement of quality of online education.