This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (December 2018)
|Rector||Lt Gen (Retd.) Naweed Zaman|
|Affiliations||National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan |
Higher Education Commission (Pakistan)
Pakistan Engineering Council
The Military College of Signals, also known as MCS, is a co-educational military school located in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. It is a constituent college of the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan, Islamabad. MCS consists of two engineering departments. The college puts a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.
It is located in the heart of Rawalpindi on Humayun Road (Lalkurti) and Adiala Road, close to the General Headquarters and Combined Military Hospital. The College is approximately 5 kilometres from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport and 3 kilometers from the Rawalpindi Railway Station. Prime shopping center of Saddar is about 2 kilometers from the college.
Military College of Signals was raised immediately after partition of the Indo-Pak Subcontinent in 1947 as "School of Signals", with the task of training officers and selected Non-Commissioned Officers of the Corps of Signals of Pakistan Army. The School had to be raised from a scratch because the signal training facilities of undivided Indian Army were located either at Poona or Jabalpur which became a part of India at the time of independence. Lt Col C.W.M. Young, a British Officer of the Royal Corps of Signals was the first commandant of the school. During the early years, due to the shortage of training facilities in the country in the field of telecommunication, a number of officers were trained at School of Signals, UK and subsequently at US Army Signal School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. The College, since its raising has undergone various phases of expansion to meet the requirements of the Corps of Signals.
The college became a constituent campus of National University of Sciences and Technology in 1991 and since then it has progressed phenomenally as a center of quality education. Today the curriculum is not only confined to merely undergraduate level but also MS and PhD level.
The college has kept military traditions alive. Military rules are applied and National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan (NUST) policy is followed too. It provides opportunities to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities. There are students' societies and clubs which organize different activities. Presently, the college has two societies. Both were established in June 2001.
The College of Signals is functionally and administratively controlled by the General Headquarters through Signals Directorate. It is headed by Major General/ Brigadier and is sub-divided into four functional groups.
MCS offers undergraduate degrees in two streams namely Electrical (Telecommunication) Engineering and Software Engineering. Each year a standard NET (NUST Entrance Test) is conducted for the undergraduate enrollment in these courses. The students are also enrolled via SAT subject tests. Some students are also selected as Gentlemen Cadets of Pakistan army through ISSB. Moreover, wards of army personnel are also selected as PC's(Paying Cadets) and ASC's (Additional Selected Cadets).
The college also offers master degrees in Electrical (Telecommunication) Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Security and Systems Engineering. The master degrees also lead to PhD. Students are enrolled after passing the GAT (Graduate Assessment Test).
The college has four departments.
There are seven different categories of students at college.
The rector of the college is Lieutenant General (Retd) Muhammad Asghar (pictured). MCS has about seventy faculty members who are responsible for teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Imran Rashid is the current Head of Electrical Department while Dr. Adnan Ahmed Khan heads the Department of Computer Science and Dr. Muhammad Ashiq is responsible for heading the Department of Humanities and Basic Sciences.