Latha

Nominated By: Dr Antony Stella
Nominee Application Form: Part A
Title: Doctor
Family Names(s): Pillai
Mailing Address: Adviser,
National Assessment and Accreditation Council,
PO Box 1075, Nagarbhavi,
Bangalore - 560 072
Country: India
Office Telephone: 00 91 80 23005148
Office Fax: 00 91 80 23210270
Residence Telephone: 00 91 80 23682457
Email: lathapillai@naac.gov.in
Nationality/Citizenship: Indian
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 18-10-1959
Current Position: Adviser
Current Employer: National Assessment and Accreditation Council
Please indicate your fluency levels in various languages (Comma Separated)
Fluent in Reading: TAMIL, HINDI, ENGLISH
Fluent in Writing: TAMIL, HINDI, ENGLISH
Fluent in Speaking: TAMIL, HINDI, ENGLISH, KANNADA
Academic Qualifications and Training
1. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: M.A. (Applied Psychology), University of Madras, 1982
2. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: Ph.D. (Applied Psychology) , University of Madras, 1988
3. Degree, Institution, Year Completed: B.A. (Psychology), University of Madras, 1980
Nominee Application Form: Part B
Areas:
  • Institutional quality assurance reviews / audits
  • General QA consultancy
Specialisations:
  • Setting up of new QA agency
  • Training of experts/external reviewers
  • Internal QA of institutions
  • Self study guidance to institutions
  • External review of institutions
  • Quality Indicators and benchmarks
  • QA of Open learning institutes
  • Institutional assessment
  • Institutional accreditation
  • QA of cross border offerings
Examples of Experience: National & International Consultations / Audit / Review
1. Brief Description: Establishment of a national body for assessment and accreditation â?? Conceptualised and developed Manuals, Documents, promotional material related to assessment and accreditation, Internal Quality Assurance Cells, Program specific Manuals on Teacher Education and Social Work
Institution/City/Country: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India
Date: 1994-2000
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
2. Brief Description: Assessors Training Programme - Lead coordinator and facilitator of workshops for training of assessors; advocacy programs for heads of institutions; co-ordination with state and national level bodies for establishing Quality Assurance Cells
Institution/City/Country: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India
Date: 1997 till 2005
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
3. Brief Description: As Pro-Vice Chancellor of IGNOU â?? one of the largest open learning institutions provided leadership for enhanced use of technology, developing a framework for open and distance learning, established linkages with international organisations such as UNESCO, Deutsche Welle, Commonwealth of Learning. Initiated skill development programs and forged many industry-university alliances.
Institution/City/Country: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India
Date: 2007-2011
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
4. Brief Description: Invited presentations on QA nationally and regionally; Research studies, analysis of reports, Organise peer team visits , Chairperson of Reviewing Committees for Institutional Accreditation Committees
Institution/City/Country: India, Asia
Date: 1995-2007
Type of Experience:
  • Institutional Audit / Assessment
Nominee Application Form: Part C
Please write a professional profile of 500 words.
Professional Summary Description: Dr. Latha Pillai is an academic and educational administrator, with more than two decades experience of working in the field of higher education, both through the system of formal education and open and distance learning. Her areas of professional interest include quality assessment and evaluation, promotion of women in governance and academic leadership, She is presently working as Adviser, with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. Dr. Pillai has previously served as Pro Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU); and Education Officer and Deputy Secretary, with the University Grants Commission. She has been responsible for the contextualization of Association of Commonwealth Universities, set of Training Manuals for Women in Higher Education and its implementation.

As Pro Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Dr Pillai was in-charge of a number of Schools and Centres which the Chair for Sustainable Development, School of Tourism, School of Social Work, School of Agriculture, School of Extension and Development Studies, Institute for Competency Advancement for Teachers (i-CAT) amongst others. She has supported the Government of Indiaâ??s Preservation of Environment policies for a Green campus and been closely involved with the programmes for Sustainability Science. Her support to Appreciation programmes for sustainable development as well as Leadership programmes on sustainable management have ensured that these issues are brought to the forefront and the threat of climate change on sustainable development and role of ecosystems in lives of people remain in focus.

At IGNOU, Dr. Pillai has championed the use of technology to improve quality of education through greater access and effective delivery of services to the universityâ??s beneficiaries. Through such efforts, IGNOU has been able to reach the unreached in hitherto unknown sectors and sections of society. She has actively contributed to the development of joint projects on telecentres with the Telecentre Foundation.

In continuation of her efforts to ensure that the open university truly reaches out to all groups who are unable to routinely gain access to a traditional education, Dr. Pillai has also spearheaded the initiation of the first ever collaboration of an open university with the Army, Navy, and Air Force, for provision of higher education facilities for the jawans, sailors and airmen of the Indian armed forces. The provision of this valuable facility to the enlisted personnel of the defence services allows them a means to upgrade their skills, even as they serve the Nation in far flung and inhospitable areas.

With her strong communication and advocacy skills, Dr. Latha Pillai has successfully promoted causes that have impacted higher education and has helped in improving quality of this sector. Dr. Pillai has travelled abroad extensively on the professional front and participated in seminars, workshops, led delegations and is also the recipient of Indo-US Visitorâ??s Fellowship, International Resident Fellowship - University of Calgary and Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research by the Australian Government.

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