National Defence University (NDU) is a Pakistani military institution whose origin goes back to the year 1963, when the 1st Army War Course started at the Command and Staff College, Quetta. Subsequently, in 1971, a dedicated National Defence College was established at the old building of the National Assembly of Pakistan in Rawalpindi. In 1995, the National Defence College shifted to its present campus at the foothills of Margalla Hills of Islamabad.
By a decree of the Government of Pakistan, the National Defence College was upgraded as the NDU. An Ordinance to this effect was signed on 27 January 2007, by the President of Pakistan. The NDU will continue to operate from the same campus.
The management of the National Defence University is vested in a three Star General from the Pakistan Army, who is called the President. He is also the head of the faculty. The University is organized into four Constituent Colleges / Institutes:
There are three affiliated colleges:
The National Security College, Armed Forces War College and Institute of Contemporary Studies (ICS) are the instructional Colleges for conducting various courses / studies in Defence and Social Sciences, whereas the ISSRA acts as a brain and think-tank apart from conducting the National Security Workshops, Capstone Courses and Symposia / Seminars.
The Headquarters/Administrative Wing provides administrative and technical support to the entire University. The Wing is headed by a one Star General officer.
The origin of the National Defence University (NDU) goes back to the year 1963, when the 1st Army War Course started at the Command and Staff College, Quetta. Subsequently , in 1971, a dedicated National Defence College was established at the old building of the National Assembly of Pakistan in Rawalpindi. In 1995, the National Defence College shifted to its present campus at the foothills of the picturesque Margalla Hills of the Islamabad. The NDU stands established in the same campus.
Presently, three parallel courses of the 44 weeks each are run at the NDU on annual basis. In addition, two / three Security Workshops, each of 6 weeks duration, are also held yearly. Since 1988, officers from friendly countries (such as Nigeria) have also been attending courses at the National Defence University. So far 2574 participants have graduated from the National Defence University. This includes, 305 officers from the 31 friendly countries and 406 participants of National Security Workshops. Today, the entire military and bulk of civil leadership are graduated of this institution.
The emblem represents "National Defence" and comprises an Islamic shield in tri-service colours, with a black border and silver edging, surrounded by a golden wreath topped with a crescent and star and placed on a green background of the national colours. A crossed sword and pen placed up the lower portion of the shield represent honour, strength and achievement through learning. The motto is inscribed in gold letters on the top centre of the shield.
The mission of the NDU is to impart higher education in policy and strategy formulation at various tiers with emphasis on national security and defence, and act as a national think tank.
The National Defence University will be the premier institution of the country, distinguished because of the discipline it will be pursuing. It will be catering for the needs of the senior leadership from various segments of the society both domestic and international, in comprehending security issues and policy / strategy formulation. It will be a centre of excellence in academic and research pursuits in diversified disciplines providing well thoughts out inputs on national security at strategic level. The University will promote the cause of a free , open and critical inquiry and scholarly debate in the services of the society.
The NDU also acts as a national think tank on national security matters. Input is provided to the Government and armed forces on required basis. The NDU maintains academic links with national think tanks and defence universities of friendly countries. Close interaction with these seats of learning adds richness and depth to quality research work.
Taught man that which he knew not [Al-Quran (30:96:5)]
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