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Military College of Engineering (Pakistan)

The Military College of Engineering (MCE) is an engineering college located at Risalpur in Nowshera District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It was established by the Pakistan Army. MCE conducts courses for officers which includes combat courses and as well as civil engineering degree for officers, technical gentlemen cadets and for civil students.

Military College of Engineering
ChairpersonMajor General Jamil Masud
Academic staff
around 50
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AffiliationsNational University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
Pakistan Engineering Council

About the collegeEdit

Military College of Engineering, Risalpur is a constituent college of National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan (NUST). It is one of the premier institutes of civil engineering in Pakistan. The current commandant of MCE is Major General Jamil Masud. Its students, upon graduation, serve in Pakistan Army Engineering Corps plus also many civilian students are hired by some of the construction and engineering firms in Pakistan and the world. College offers both undergraduate and postgraduate 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, Pakistan (NUST) in 1995, Military College of Engineering became one of its constituent colleges.

Student categoriesEdit

  • NS (NUST Students/Nustians) Civilian students selected through the NUST entrance test, join the university as NCs, they pay full fee to NUST and are graduated as an Engineer after 4 years of their degree.
  • PC (Paying Cadets) Students whose parents were or still are members of Pakistan Army and they were not able to get admission in their desired field in open merit can join the college by selection from GHQ based on a separate merit list made by GHQ . Their tuition fees is waived. They are required to undergo military training after the completion of their degrees and will join Pakistan Army (Engr.corps) for three years(As a Captain).
  • ASC (Additional Selected Cadets) Student who are also sons of Army personnel and they were not able to get admission in their desired field in open merit can join the college by selection from GHQ based on a separate merit list made by GHQ. They have to pay full NUST tuition fees but 50% of it is refunded in form of stipend and they must join Army later (As a Captain).
  • TC (Technical Cadets) Students who are enrolled in Pakistan Army. They enter the college after qualifying the Inter Services Selection Board (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.These students are also paid for get trained in the Pakistan army
  • Officers (usually captain rank) These students who get selected first in Pakistan Military Academy they complete their 2 years 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 foreign universities and are selected as military instructors in the Military College of Engineering.

MES SchoolEdit

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 WingEdit

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 WingEdit

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.

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