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Military College of Engineering (Pakistan)

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 1
  • History 2
  • Location 3
  • Faculty 4
  • Grading system 5
  • Student categories 6
  • Accommodation 7
  • Facilities 8
  • MES School 9
  • Combat Engineering Wing 10
  • Disaster Management and EOD Wing 11
  • Discipline 12
  • Life at Military College of Engineering 13
  • References 14

About the college

Military College of Engineering, Risalpur, is one of Pakistan's 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 construction and engineering firms in Pakistan and the world.College offers both Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses.


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]


The college is located in Risalpur, in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, and is located right next to Pakistan Air Force Academy.


Faculty comprises both civilian and military faculty. They include professors who are graduates from 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

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

  • 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 education in reputable foreign universities and are selected as military instructors in the Military College of Engineering.


Students are provided with 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).


Students are provided 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. Fitness Centre is also located in Farhad Sports Complex that have equipment for personnel training.

Free Medical facility is available to students. Minor problems are dealt by a 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 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

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

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 Management and EOD Wing

Disaster Management 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 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.


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

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


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