The history of Ordnance College is as old as the British legacy itself. The art of equipping the soldier and training was supervised under various Ordnance arsenals established by British in the subcontinent. The College traces back to the training of officers at Royal Military Academy Woolwich which was established in 1741 to educate the military branch of the Board of Ordnance. Ordnance College in undivided India was originally established in 1925 at Kirkee. On independence of Pakistan, it was moved to Malir Cantonment. This institution remained a part of Ordnance Centre till 1984. Since then it was given a status of an independent entity as Ord School, later the School was upgraded to Ord College in 2012. The institution is training 800 to 900 Ordnance Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, soldiers and civilian students including students from allied countries. With the strenuous efforts and urge to achieve professionalism par excellence, the College has emerged as the first quality training institution of Pakistan Army certified by ISO 9001:2008.
Ordnance College is located in Malir Cantonment 30 Kilometers north east of Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, and is the biggest and most thickly populated city of Pakistan. Karachi is located in the south of the country on the shores of Arabian sea and experiences moderate climate throughout the year. The months of December and January are slightly cold. At time cold spells lasting two to three days, caused by cold Siberian winds blowing over Balochistan province, may be experienced during these months. May and October are hot; the maximum temperature occasionally exceeds 35°C. It rains normally during the monsoon in the months of July and August.
The institution has been assigned the mission to impart training on Ordnance matters to all ranks of Ordnance corps, Students from friendly countries and Defence Procurement to officers of all arms/services and sister services. The Syllabi of courses are quite comprehensive, realistic and embrace a wide range of subjects in accordance with latest trends in the changing scenario.
The faculty members of Ordnance College including Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers are amongst the selected lot of the Corps who are appointed as instructors, based on their performance in various domestic / foreign courses and practical experience in respective fields. Being custodians of all general and technical stores used by the three services of Pakistan, Ordnance Corps is looking after an inventory of above 50,000 items. To have efficient handling of these stores in Ordnance base and field units by all ranks, and to be operationally ready for all types of eventualities, faculty members put their best to train all ranks for the job. This is achieved by imparting both theoretical and practical training. The faculty members also keep themselves abreast with the latest research and developments taking place in the specialist fields of Ammunition/Mechanical Transport/ General Stores, Clothing, Signal, Electro-Medical, Armament and Engineers Equipment including latest trends and procedures related to various disciplines.
Students in pursuit of their professional training resort to various extra curricular and sports activities to neutralize the effects of the training schedule. The following extra curricular activities/sports are pursued by the students:
Ordnance College is prospering day and night in the fulfillment of its assigned tasks through untiring efforts of its faculty and other administrative staff. More emphasis is being laid on the practical training aspects in all fields by introducing latest teaching techniques and eliminating the examination oriented efforts by the students. May Allah Almighty help us in producing better professionals for better Pakistan.