Military College of Signals (MCS)
Military College of Signals was raised immediately after partition of the Indo-Pak Sub Continent in 1947 as School of Signals, with the task of training officers and selected Non Commissioned Officers of the Corps of Signals of Pak 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.
Both these cities are now part of India. 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 and men were trained at School of Signals, U.K, 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 status of the School was raised to that of a College in 1977, when it was affiliated with University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore for Telecommunication Engineering Degree programme.
The College was affiliated with 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 MCS is also running MS and PhD courses.
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:-
■Administrative Wing (Adm Wing). Comprises Administrative Branch (Administration and Quartering Sections), Training Branch, NUST Branch, Examination Branch and MCS Training Battalion
■Combat Wing (Cbt Wing). Comprises Tactical Branch, Telecommunication Branch, Security and Research Branch and Information Technology Branch
■Engineering Wing (Engg Wing). Comprises Electrical Engineering, Computer Software Engineering, Information Security, Humanities and Basic Sciences Departments and Library.
■Research and Development Wing (R&D)
YOUNG OFFICERS SIGNAL COURSE
Aim: To train newly Commissioned Officers of Signals Corps as efficient Platoon Commanders and Junior leaders to plan and provide Communication at Brigade / Division level.
■Employment as Signal Platoon Commander and staff appointment at battalion level
■Tactical / technical handling of Signal Platoon in all operations of war
■Planning and provision of communication at division / brigade level
■Handling of all types of signal equipment held in Pakistan Army
■Familiarization with modern trends in communication
MID CAREER COURSE
Aim :To train Signals Officers and Allied Officers from friendly countries as Company Commanders.
■Use/ application of modern communication equipment and systems held by Pakistan army.
■Handling of Signal units /sub units in all Operations of War.
■Communication planning and employment of signals assets for all operations of war up to corps level.
JUNIOR STAFF COURSE
Aim :To prepare newly commissioned officers of the Corps of Signals and Allied Officers from friendly countries as junior commanders making them proficient in planning and provision of communication at formation level in Army.
■Tactical/Technical handling of signals platoon in all operations of war at Brigade/Division level.
■Peacetime unit functions.
■Functions/responsibilities of Regimental Staff Officers.
■Understanding of modern trends in communication and Information Technology.
FOREMAN OF SIGNALS COURSE
Aim :To impart technical training to selected Non Commissioned Officers of Pakistan Army and Allied Non Commissioned Officers for maintenance and operation of different types of communication equipment, held in Pakistan Army and prepare them to undertake repair of all types of signal equipment.
Scope : To provide in-depth knowledge in
■Basic sciences required to understand communication system.
■Knowledge of all signal equipment being used in the Army.
■Planning parameters of communication at various levels.
■Computer hardware and software.
■Basic knowledge of Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Limited Exchanges.
■Minor/major repair of communication equipment.
OTHER ARM OFFICER SIGNAL INSTRUCTOR COURSE
Aim :To train selected Artillery, Engineers, Infantry and Military Police Officers and Allied Officers from friendly countries in the provision of signal communication and as instructors for organization of signals training of their respective units and establishments.
■Technical handling of signals platoon and signals paraphernalia in all operations of war in respective units and establishments.
■General understanding of communication aspects
■Introduction to Modern Trends in Communication Field.
OTHER ARM SIGNAL JUNIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICER/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER COURSE
Aim :To train selected Artillery, Engineers, Infantry, Military Police and Allied Junior Commissioned Officers/Non Commissioned Officers in the provision of signal communication and as instructors for organization of signals training of their respective units.
■Assist the Signal Platoon Commander in technical handling of signals platoon and signals paraphernalia in all operations of war in respective units and establishments.
■Be prepared to act as Signal Platoon Commanders.
■General understanding of communication aspects.
■Introduction to Modern Trends in Communication Field.