Establishment of a technical institution for Bangladesh Armed Forces had been a long desired need. It had been very strongly felt since 1980's in view of growing demand for technical personnel in military service. In the absence of such an institution in the Armed Forces, the military demand for technocrats was being supplemented by nomination of military officers to undergo graduation and post graduation courses at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), former Bangladesh Institutes of Technology (BIT) and other foreign technical institutes. MIST came into existence on 19 April 1998. It throbbed into breathing when the academic programme was launched on 31 January 1999 with the maiden batch of Civil Engineering (CE). Though the pioneer batches comprised only military students (session 2001-2002), civil students (both male and female) were admitted to various disciplines from the session 2002-2003. At present most of the students are civil. MIST envisages to create facilities for military as well as civil students from home and abroad dedicated to pursue standard curriculum leading to graduation and post graduation degree. As an institution without any gender bias, MIST is already on steady stride upholding its motto "Technology for Advancement". The institute remains committed to contributing to the wider spectrum of national educational arena and plays a significant role in the development of human resources
Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), the pioneer Technical Institutes of Armed Forces, started its journey from 19 April 1998. It was the visionary leadership of the Honourable Prime Minister of People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina to establish a Technical Institute of Armed Forces. Accordingly, the Honourable Prime Minister, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina unveiled the Foundation Plaque on 19 April 1998. MIST is located at Mirpur Cantonment, which is on the northwest of Dhaka City. Mirpur Cantonment is well known to be as an Education Village of Bangladesh Armed Forces, a hub of knowledge for military and civil professionals. First Academic Program at MIST was launched on 31 January 1999 with the maiden batch of Civil Engineering (CE). The pioneer batch comprised of only military students. Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Program got underway from February 2000. Following those Programs, Electrical, Electronic & Communication Engineering (EECE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) Programs including induction of Civil Students (both male and female) to various disciplines started from the session 2002-2003. Aeronautical Engineering (AE) program started at MIST from Academic Session 2008-2009. Foreign students from Sri Lanka were admitted for the first time in the same Academic Session. Presently students from Maldives, Palestine and Afghanistan are also studying different Engineering Programs in five Engineering Departments. MIST enters into the domain of “Online Admission System” since 06 Sep 2010. It was inaugurated by Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, rcds, psc (Retd), Defence Adviser to the Honourable Prime Minister. MIST envisages creating facilities for military as well as civil students from home and abroad dedicated to pursue standard curriculum leading to Graduation Degree. As an Institution without any gender biasness, MIST is already on steady stride upholding its motto “Technology for Advancement”. MIST remains committed to contributing to the wider spectrum of National Educational Arena and play a significant role in the development of Human Resources and ardently pursuing its goal to grow into a “Centre of Excellence”.
MIST has well equipped class rooms with multimedia and web camera with internet facilities and Laboratories with modern equipments. The medium of instruction for all engineering programs is English. All academic programs of MIST are affiliated with the Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) and have close cooperation with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Dhaka University (DU). Intake of students in each of the B.Sc. Engineering Program of CE, CSE, EECE, ME and AE at undergraduate level is 65. Academic Session of MIST normally starts in the last week of January. Admission process starts in September/October and Admission Test held in November every year. Admission formalities are completed by December/January. The total number of intake in a year is 325. In general about 50% seats are allocated to Armed Forces Officers. MIST has few other miscellaneous facilities such as Medical Centre, Fitness Centre, Cyber Café, Library and Students’ Accommodation (Male & Female).