Military College of Engineering (Pakistan)

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Military College of Engineering (MCE)
Established 1948
Type Military
Principal Major General Anwar-ul-Haq Chaudhry
Academic staff around 50
Students 500-700
Location Risalpur, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Affiliations Higher Education Commission
Pakistan Engineering Council
Website Military College of Engineering Official Website

Military College of Engineering is located at Risalpur, in Nowshera District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Military College of Engineering was established by the Pakistan Army.

About the college[edit]

Military College of Engineering, Risalpur, is one of Pakistan's premier civil engineering institutes, and is one of many educational institutes that come under the umbrella of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). Its students, upon graduation,serve in Pakistan Army Engineering Core also many civilian students are hired by some of the reputable construction and engineering firms in Pakistan and the world.College offers both Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses.

Vision and Mission Statement[edit]

Vision[edit]

MCE must transform into a nationally renowned and internationally aspiring institution by optimizing potential of its each component through superior engineering education having a cutting edge research base, delivering highest quality graduates in the field of Civil Engineering, Combat Engineering, Disaster Management and for the benefit of Army and society at national and international level.

Mission Statement[edit]

Impart training and education in Combat Engineering, Civil Engineering, Disaster Management and Counter IED Explosives & Munitions to the Officers, Junior/Non-Commissioned Officers of the Corps of Engineers, other arms, selected personnel of the Pakistan Navy, PAF, Civil Armed Forces, and allied students.

History[edit]

Trials of a three-furrow plough built in the workshop of the Royal Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Risalpur
A three-furrow plough built in the workshop of the Royal Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Risalpur

Military College of Engineering is a well renowned institute in the field of civil engineering, with a rich history spanning over a half century. A year after the Independence of Pakistan, the School of Military Engineering (SME) was established at Sialkot in 1948. Having functioned at Sialkot for over four years, SME was shifted to Risalpur in 1952. Here it grew and expanded its sphere of activity beyond the combat related training and started with dispensation of civil engineering knowledge through regular Bachelor of Engineering classes. It gradually transformed into a full fledged and matured engineering college and was named College of Military Engineering (CME). In 1958, the institution was renamed as Military College of Engineering (MCE). In 1962 it was given the charter of self degree awarding and autonomous institution status by government of Pakistan. In 1988 it was affiliated in with University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore for post-graduate studies. MCE also sought collaboration with well reputed Michigan State University of the United States of America. Scores of graduates have attained their higher education degrees from reputed universities in the United States and United Kingdom After establishment of National University of Sciences and technology, NUST in 1995. Military College of Engineering became one of its constituents college and moving forward by leaps and bounds.[1]

Location[edit]

The college is located in Risalpur, in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, and is located right next to Pakistan Air Force Academy. It is located about 130 km from Islamabad accessible via G.T road and Motorway (M1) It is located about 36 km from Peshawar can be reached via G.T road and Motorway (M1) Nowshehra at 8 km and Mardan at 14 km are nearest cities.

Faculty[edit]

Faculty comprises both civilian and military faculty. They include professors who are graduates from world leading universities like Michigan State University and Illinois Institute of Technology in the field of civil engineering and who have also gone through various command and staff courses from Command and Staff College Quetta and National Defense University, Islamabad.

Grading system[edit]

The college, like all constituent colleges of NUST, follows the US semester system, in which a GPA of 2.00 or more is required to become eligible for the award of degree. Recent Changes to Grading policy has been applied fully to civilian students, but the criteria of Military students is partially based on previous policy. On average C+ is awarded to the students, detail is as below. A student has 7 years to complete and clear his all subjects. The system is a combination of relative and absolute system,Every student must score 50% aggregate to pass a subject.Grades are on discretion of Instructors and Grades are assigned a point value (A=4, B+=3.5, B=3.0, C+=2.5, C=2.0, D+=1.5, D=1.0, F=0.0).

Student categories[edit]

  • NC (NUST Cadets/Nustians) Civilian students selected through the NUST entrance test, join the university as NCs, they do not undergo any sort of military training. They usually have higher merit position than PC's and ASC's.
  • PC (Paying Cadets) Students whose parents were or still are members of Pakistan Army, can join the college as civilian students by passing NUST entrance test at high merit,but usually lower than Nustians, and not required to undergo any sort of military training.
  • ASC (Additional Selected Cadets) Student who get high merit positions in NUST entrance test,but usually lower than Nustians, and are also sons of Army personnel. They pay full NUST fees, and they may or may not join Army later.
  • TC (Technical Cadets) Students who are enrolled in Pakistan Army. They enter the college after qualifying the ISSB armed forces selection test. Upon graduation from the college, the students acquire one year training at the Pakistan Military Academy, to receive officer ranks (Captain in Pakistan Army). TCs get paid by army and are not required to pay any kind of tuition or accommodation fee, and undergo strict military training.
  • Officers (usually captain rank) These students who get selected first in Pakistan Military Academy they complete their training there and then those who selected Engineers Corps, they join MCE for civil engineering and later serve in the Engineer Corps also many army students pursue higher eduction in reputable foreign universities and are selected as military instructors in the Military College of Engineering.

Accomodation[edit]

Students are provided with well furnished accommodation and messing facilities. Technical Cadets live in their own block named as TC Block (previously O-Block), A new block is being constructed that is expected to be operational in 2015. Nustian live in two hostels; 1) Nust Block that also accommodate Nustians from College of Aeronautical Engineering, Risalpur. It has bi-occupancy rooms.(two students in one room) 2) newly constructed Iqbal block that is 3-storey hostel with a capacity to accommodate 150 students. It has single occupancy rooms.(Each student is allocated separate room) PC's also live in Nust and Iqbal Block. Officers are allocated BOQ's (Bachelors Officers Quarters) and MOQ's (Married Officers Quarters).

Facilities[edit]

Students are provided free wireless internet both in accommodation and in College. Military College of Engineering also provide ample sporting facilities for sports like hockey, football, Cricket, Basketball, Squash, Badminton, VolleyBall, Tennis, Swimming, Table tennis and others. World Class Fitness Centre is also located in Farhad Sports Complex that have high quality equipment for personnel training.

Free Medical facility is available to students. Minor problems are dealt by a qualified doctor in college also a medical attendant is always present in hostels to respond in emergency in form of first Aid. More serious cases are dealt with in CMH Risalpur for which transport is always available.

Military College of Engineering arranges educational visits for its student to sites like Tarbela Dam,Ghazi Barotha Hydel Power Project, Sangjani Water purification Plant, Cement Factory, Locomotive Factory, Pakistan Air force Academy, and Army Survey Group HeadQuarter.

For Practical Training of undergraduates in surveying 3 weeks long surveying camp is organised in Abbottabad, where Military College of Engineering have a Hostel and the students are assisted by Instructors from Army Topographical Survey Unit in Abbottabad.

MES School[edit]

MES school is an establishment and training centre of E-in-C Branch GHQ for the professional training and development of Military Engineering Service (MES) officers. It is also located at Military College of Engineering (MCE) and Commandant MCE is an administrative head of this Officer training school.

Combat Engineering Wing[edit]

Combat Engineering Wings of Military College of Engineering train Military Personnel so they can perform a variety of construction and demolition tasks under combat conditions. Such tasks typically include constructing and breaching trenches, tank traps and other fortifications, bunker construction, bridge and road construction or destruction, laying or clearing land mines, and other physical work in the battlefield. More generally, the combat engineer's goals involve facilitating movement and support of friendly forces while impeding that of the enemy.

Disaster Managment and EOD Wing[edit]

Disaster Managment and EOD Wing train the Security personnel as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians, who are specially trained to deal with the construction, deployment, disarmament, and disposal of high explosive munitions and may include other types of ordnance such as nuclear, biological and chemical weapons along with improvised explosive devices (IED). Disaster management branch deals with the mitigation and management of Disasters that may include floods, earthquakes, landslides etc.

Discipline[edit]

Since it is a military college, the college has a strict discipline policy, which includes uniform inspection every day, course drills and fall-ins twice a day, compulsory sports for technical cadets, and military protocols. Every Student is required to follow the SOPs.

Life at Military College of Engineering[edit]

Different student societies have been formed which cover varied interests such as creativity, sports and intellectual pursuits. The main societies of the College include:

1.Debating and Literacy Club

2.Drama and Fine Art

3.Science and Maths Society

4.Games and Sports

5.Aero modeling Club

6.Adventuring Club

7.Para Gliding Club

In-line with its commitment to support all student initiatives, the College facilitates club activities. Some of the activities that are organized on regular basis include:

1.Movies on weekends

2.Telecasting cricket matches on large screens

3.Course Gatherings

References[edit]

  1. ^ [joining Instructions]

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[2]

  1. ^ [NUST Pakistan]
  2. ^ [Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers]