NUST Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (NIPCONS) with its Department of Military Art and Science was established in Dec 2009 to conduct the four years Undergraduate education of the Pakistan Army officers. Bachelor of Military Art and Science (BMAS) degree; a Higher Education Commission (HEC) recognised programme, has an average yearly enrolment of over 1000 students. As stipulated by HEC rules; BMAS degree encompasses 130 Credit Hours of studies, spread over 8 x semesters and is conducted in a multi-campus environment. This was a totally new and unique educational programme; since never before had a multi-campus degree programme been implemented in the Army. Besides working out the conduct methodologies, detailed syllabus and study material for the students as well as for the teaching faculty had to be specially formulated. The associated institutions, support organisations and the faculty proved fully up to the task and BMAS studies commenced in May 2010. Subsequently, the 1st convocation was successfully held on 4 Sep 2014 which was presided over by the COAS General Raheel Shareef, NI(M).
The major objective of the undergraduate programme (Bachelor of Military Art & Science) is to educate the future military leaders in the art and science of warfare while developing a sound knowledge base for further professional development. While maintaining a high academic standard, second to none, the degree programme offers a broad-based academic curriculum to widen the mental horizon of young leaders of the Army and deepen their know how in social sciences, besides professional subjects. The course while focusing on building the capacity of students to absorb the essentials of professional education is also designed to laying a firm academic foundation for higher studies. A NUST undergraduate degree opens multiple educational possibilities for the future for its graduates.
While the overall performance of the students has been highly encouraging, however, along the road, some challenges were also faced. The evolving security environment and Army’s operational / employment requirements necessitated certain changes. We took due cognisance of the Army’s requirements and seamlessly incorporated these, ensuring that the aims and objectives of the programme were never compromised. As we continue to move forward, I am confident that In’shaAllah the BMAS programme will grow from strength to strength. I am confident that our alumni will prove themselves as officers of sterling qualities of head and heart, dedicated to the service of the motherland.
Wishing you all the very best in your future endeavours.