Command and Staff College
The Command and Staff College is located at the doorway to the scenic Urak and Hanna valleys in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan. Quetta, derived from Kwatta, meaning fort in Pashto, no doubt, is a natural fort, as it is surrounded by imposing hills on all sides. These are stark, bare and ostensibly inhospitable citadels of sheer rock structure that are captivating in a strange way to the archaic memory of mankind. The Command and Staff College is a modern military Institution, renowned the World over. It is a reputed seat of military learning with a student body of about 400 including a sizeable representation from around 30 plus allied countries. The Allied Officers form an important segment of the College community, adding flavour and lending a cosmopolitan touch to the College life.
The College is dedicated to provide the highest standards of training, education and professional excellence. The faculty commits itself to the primary goal of preparing students to shoulder higher responsibilities in a multi-faceted milieu in peace and war. The curriculum is designed to develop the students' reasoning and decision making abilities, character, expression and team work. The development of the ability to take sound and timely decisions in any given situation, after considering relevant facts and applying the concerned principles, is the focal point of the educational philosophy. The curriculum also focuses on improvement of thinking, reasoning and communication skills of the students. Particular attention is paid to the development of intellectual honesty, integrity and professional values. The College provides an active and eventful campus that is unparalleled amongst Pakistan Army training institutions, which also demands total commitment from the officers and the active cooperation of their families. To ease this task, the College provides them with an enviable level of comfort, administrative support and recreational facilities. This healthy interaction and involvement helps in maintaining a highly conducive campus environment that nurtures in the officers and their families an 'esprit de corps' that binds them for the rest of their lives. Thus, the curriculum year begins on an expectant note, progresses on a fast pitch and ends with a tinge of nostalgia and lasting bonds.
The College is headed by the Commandant who is a General Officer and is organised into two wings, namely, the Headquarters Wing and the Instructional Wing. The Instructional Wing, headed by the Chief Instructor, is the mainstay of the College. The Senior Instructor Training of the rank of Colonel is responsible for curriculum management and programming of all related activities. The Faculty of Research and Doctrinal Studies, commonly known as FORADS, is headed by a Director of the rank of Colonel or Brigadier. The Instructional Wing has four instructional Divisions, each under a Senior Instructor of the rank of Colonel. The Headquarters Wing provides administrative support to the Instructional Wing. The latest addition is of the Examination Cell, headed by a Director of the rank of Colonel. This Cell has been assigned the responsibility of preparing the Staff Course Entrance Examination, based on the modern system of multiple choice questions. The Cell was geared up to conduct the first exam of this kind in November 2011.
The College has changed its designations over the past 100 years from Indian Staff College (1905); Staff College Quetta (1907); Cadet College Quetta (1915); Indian Staff College (1919); Staff, Tactical and Administrative College (1947); Staff College and Tactical Wing (1949) and finally to Command and Staff College, Quetta (1957 to date).