National Fertilizer Corporation of Pakistan is one of the largest employers of qualified engineers particularly in the field of Chemical Engineering. In order to meet the requirement of trained manpower for chemical process industry especially in the fertilizer sector, a Training Center was established in 1985 with the technical assistance of M/s. COSMO International Co., Ltd., Japan. The Center trained managers, engineers, supervisors, operators/ technicians through multi-dimensional programs that vary widely in content and duration for all types of process and engineering industry.
To further diversify the activities of the Centre and in line with the education policy announced by the Government of Pakistan, NFC with the approval of Ministry of Industries & Production, Government of Pakistan upgraded the Centre in 1994 and started graduate engineering classes initially in Chemical Engineering discipline and changed its nomenclature as “NFC Institute of Engineering & Technological training”. This was also the need of the country and particularly of this area.
The degree programs at NFC IET are affiliated with Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. Pakistan Engineering Council, the apex body to regulate Engineering education in the country has recognized and accredited “NFC Institute of Engineering & Technological Training, Multan on the basis of its facilities and high standards of Engineering Education.
The under-graduate engineering programme in NFC IET was introduced in 1994 when a batch of 40 students was admitted in chemical engineering discipline. Since then, IET never looked back and it grew wit each passing year. The number of students admitted to chemical engineering programme was gradually increased to 122 per batch in the year 2001, two new disciplines Electronic Engineering & computer Systems Engineering (E&CE) were added, so that, as of now, 292 students are admitted each year in the fields of Chemical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering. Over 1000 engineering graduates have been passed and are well placed in some of the reputed organizations of the country. Others have opted for higher studies abroad. Recently, a four year B.S program in Computer Science was introduced in 2008 to cater for the arousing need of specialists in this basic and very essential science. The instituted started a four year BS program in Environmental Science in 2011 and 40 seats are reserved for this program each year.
The institute is spread over 40 acres of land. The main blocks include old & new Chemical Engineering blocks and Electronic & Computer Systems Engineering block. In addition, the institute has an Admin block, a Training block and a Central Workshop in the academic premises. These buildings, apart from the class rooms and labs, include two libraries one each for Chemical Engineering & Electronic & Computer Systems Engineering, a Seminar hall and a couple of committee rooms. The labs have the latest equipment including a DCS, PLC and a miniature plant. The hostels include a Boys and a Girls hostels having a capacity of 440 and 100 respectively.
The new Electrical Engineering building is equipped with latest laboratories and an on-line library. The first five batches of EE and CSE students have got excellent job placements.
The Institute is located in close proximity to Pakarab Fertilizers Ltd., which is one of the biggest chemical process complex in the country, and provides a strong technical backup to t he Institute. The practical engineering education facilities which are available in the Institute, such as Distributed Control System (DCS), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Miniature Plant provide added benefits to students in learning actual plant operation, process control and plant optimization. These facilities have no parallel in other engineering institutions/ universities of Pakistan.
Mid-Country Oil Refinery is a newly established petrochemical complex by PARCO and is the biggest employer of IET graduates. The refinery is about 60 kilometers from Multan and provides opportunity for Internships, student training, industrial tours and has proved a source of learning and technical collaboration for the IET students.