College of Military Engineering, Pune

Coordinates: 18°21′14″N 73°30′05″E / 18.354°N 73.5014°E / 18.354; 73.5014
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College of Military Engineering, Pune
A 1993 stamp dedicated to the 50th anniversary of CME
Former names
School of Military Engineering (SME)
TypeEngineering Training Institute
Academic affiliation
Indian Army Corps of Engineers
18°21′14″N 73°30′05″E / 18.354°N 73.5014°E / 18.354; 73.5014

College of Military Engineering (CME) is a technical and tactical engineering training institution of the Indian Army Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. Training of Combat Engineers, Military Engineering Service, Border Roads Engineering Services (BRES) and Survey is done here.

The college it is situated at Dapodi on NH 4, adjacent to the Khadki cantonment, a large army base in Pune district, north of the Pune city. Established in 1943, as the 'School of Military Engineering' (SME) at Roorkee, apart from imparting training to Indian army officers and those from friendly countries, the college also plays an advisory role to the Indian Army, and is involved in research projects and experimentation.[2][3][4]


Prior its establishment, the officers of Corps of Engineers were trained at the Royal School of Military Engineering, United Kingdom along with the Corps of Royal Engineers. Between 1934 and 1943 they received training at Thompson College of Engineering, Roorkee, now IIT Roorkee.

During the World War II, the dedicated school to impart combat engineering training to officers was set up at Roorkee, the School of Military Engineering (SME) in 1943, though it continued to depend on Thomason College for technical training, subsequently post-independence in 1948, SME moved to Dapodi in Pune, its present location. In November 1951, the SME was upgraded to the status of a college, with it degree engineering courses recognised by the Institution of Engineers.[2]

Work on permanent construction began in 1948 and most of the accommodation was completed by 1958. The second phase of expansion took place after 1963 necessitated by the expansion of the Indian Army.

  • Faculty of Civil Engineering,
  • Faculty of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma wing (Courses for subordinates)[5]


CME offers training for personnel, both Officers and Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBOR) of the Corps of Engineers, other arms & services, Navy, Air Force, Para-Military forces, Police and also civilians. Its students also include soldiers from friendly foreign countries like the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. The college is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for its B Tech and MTech degrees. And its graduate and post graduate courses are recognised by The 'All India Council for Technical Education' (AICTE) and University of Pune.[6][7][8]

  • Courses for Engineering Officers for 3 years duration;
  • For Corps of EME Officers first 3 semesters of B Tech degree for 112years;
    • B Tech in Mechanical Engineering
  • For Corps of Signal Officers first 3 semesters of B Tech degree for 112 years;
    • B Tech in Communication Engineering
  • Two years Diploma courses for subordinate staff in Electrical, Civil and Draughtsperson category.

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The campus[edit]

Today, the campus situated on the banks of Mula river, is spread over 3,600 acres (15 km2) and with a population of 11,000, and evolved into a small township.[2] Access is available only to military personnel and civilians working or living inside CME. A gate pass (identification) is required to enter the CME premises.

Notable places in CME[edit]

  • The CME lake – A lakeside, also includes a restricted fishing area
  • The CME rowing channel - A beautiful 5 Km (to and fro) rowing channel with a restricted bird watching area.
  • Sarvatra Bir – A bird sanctuary by the CME lake
  • Harkirat Singh Theatre – An open-air theatre which screens Hollywood and Bollywood movies
  • CME shopping complex – A shopping complex for CME residents. Almost all facilities exist inside the campus
  • CME Information Technology Wing – IT learning and development centre
  • IT courses held for Army Engineering Groups. Latest software are being developed here
  • Saravatra Hall – A concert hall where important events are staged, including school events
  • Officers Institute – An institute for all to Officers. It has a bar, a restaurant and a dance floor
  • HQ Mess Corps of Engineers
  • Corps Equipment Museum
  • Corps of Engineers Archives & Museum
  • CME Library
  • CME Cyber Cafe – A cyber cafe providing internet facilities, mainly to the YOs (Young Officers), children and teenagers
  • CTW (Cadets Training Wing) – An institute that provides proper army training to new cadets

Schools in CME[edit]

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV CME) – CBSE education school.
  • Holloway School – Raised where the former KV was, a school offering Maharashtra State Board education.
  • Regimental School – Another school offering Maharashtra State Board education.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "HQ CME". wikimapia.
  2. ^ a b c "CME marks 50 eventful years". The Indian Express. 15 September 1998.
  3. ^ Kulkarni, Prasad (3 May 2009). "CME conducts grand passing out parade". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Foreign officers from National Defence College visit CME". The Indian Express. 18 July 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Faculties and Wings". Indian Army.
  6. ^ "Pune Notes: Graduation ceremony". The Indian Express. 24 October 1998.
  7. ^ "CME awards diplomas". The Indian Express. 25 April 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  8. ^ "RECOGNISED INSTITUTIONS (RI): PUNE DISTRICT (PN)". University of Pune. Archived from the original on 6 August 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2009.

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