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Military College of Engineering (MCE)
Established 1948
Type Military
Principal Major General Anwar-ul-Haq Chaudhry
Academic staff 50
Students 700-1000
Location Risalpur, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Affiliations Higher Education Commission
Pakistan Engineering Council
Website [1]

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

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, are hired by some of the finest construction and engineering firm in Pakistan and the world.


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. 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.

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 stay in the college. If the GPA falls below 2.00 the student is demoted to the previous semester and is put under probation, and if his GPA still doesn't improve, then the student is expelled from the college. Besides, if four subjects of a student are accumulated which he cannot pass or he was unable to appear, he is withdrawn from the college. Such a system makes sure that only those are passed out of this premier college who are really eligible. The system is relative and absolute mix, on average C is awarded to the students. Out of 100 students in a class, 4 are given A, maximum 10 are given B+, then from 10-15 are given B and C+, on average C or D is awarded, and a bunch of students are awarded F grade to improve the quality of education and competition in MCE. Any student having his aggregate 60 is given an F grade according to the absolute system, and other F holders hold this grade due to relative grading system. Grades are assigned a point value (A=4, B+=3.5, B=3.0, C+=2.5, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0.0).

A new grading system is in place for Nustians and Paying Cadets, while the Technical Cadets and Army Officers still retain most of previous grading system.

Student categories

  • NC (NUST Cadets) Civilian students selected through the NUST entrance test, join the university as NCs, they don`t undergo any sort of military training, as they are paying, civilian students.They are students that are selected through NUST entrance test and have high merit positions.
  • 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 personnels. 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 spend one year at the Pakistan Military Academy to receive officer ranks. TCs get paid by army and are not required to pay any tuition fee, and undergo strict military training.
  • Officers (usually captain rank) These are those student who get selected first in Pakistan Military Academy they get training there and then those who selected Engineers Corps, they join MCE for civil engineering.

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.


Since it's 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.


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 leading universities like National Defense University, Islamabad. The different wing of MCE provide ultimate training in civil engineering as well as combat engineering..


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