Pakistan Engineering Council was established
as a body corporate under an Act of the Parliament on January 10, 1976 for the regulation
of engineering profession and education in Pakistan. This was achieved after a long
drawn struggle waged by the engineering community and great deal of sacrifices.
It was a landmark decision on the part of the Government, who piloted the bill leading
to the Act.
The Council, with the approval of the Federal Government, made its byelaws in 1976
for carrying out the purposes of the PEC Act. Other landmarks include the framing
The Code of Conduct for its members in 1978,
Regulations for Engineering Education
in 1985, Consulting Bye-Laws in 1986
Engineering Works Bye-Laws in 1987.
The foundation stone of PEC Headquarter building in Islamabad was laid by Gen Muhammad
Zia-ul-Haq on 28 July 1987, and the HQ started its operations form this building
on 14 Oct 1992 after its inauguration by Mr. Nawaz Sharif.
In the course of establishment PEC opened branch offices in provincial capitals
to facilitate its operations & public dealing.
Karachi Branch Office is operating since 23 June 1987,
Lahore Branch Office since 30 Jan 1988,
Quetta Branch Office since 17 Feb 1988
- Peshawar Branch Office since 27 Mar 1988.
PEC has also established three Liaison offices for its assistance
Sukkur Liaison Office was established on 18 Nov 1987,
Multan Liaison Office on 17 Feb 1988 and Hyderabad
Liaison Office on 28 Sep 1988.
Ever since its establishment, 25 years ago, the Council has been untiringly serving
the engineering profession. It has relentlessly followed and succeeded in establishing
a forum within the country which serves the entire engineering community. PEC has
always played a cooperative role and participated actively in Consultative and Advisory
Committees/Boards constituted by successive Governments and provided necessary inputs
in the decision making process.
Over the past quarter century PEC has grown into a mature professional regulatory
body with an unblemished record. It is not too difficult to conceive the scenario
in the country, had there been no PEC on the landscape. Not only the international
recognition of our engineering degrees would have been perilously set aside, our
own market would have been flooded with under and sub-qualified engineers.
Pakistan Engineering Council in the supreme interest of the country has been trying
hard to contest the Agreements entered into by the Government Ministries and various
other Development Organizations with the International Financing Agencies which
are overwhelmingly in favour of the foreign consulting engineering firms and construction
companies and patently in violation of the PEC Byelaws. Furthermore, visualizing
the implications of the conditionality of the WTO and GATS on our domestic services
sector PEC prepared a position paper for taking policy decision by the Government
The question of service structure for Engineers has been dragging on for long. The
Council has been emphasizing adoption of the recommendations of the Civil Services
Commission headed by Justice (Retd) S. Anwarul Haq made in 1979. We have continuously
been pursuing the Government at all forums that the posts involving professional
engineering works should be manned only by engineers qualified at tertiary level.
Over the years, PEC has become an effective bridge between the Government, industry
and engineering universities/institutions and has been performing its functions
in totally professional manner, a feature that needs to be jealously protected and
safeguarded in the national interest.