Nepal Engineering College, popularly known as nec, is the first private sector Engineering College of Nepal.
It was established in 1994 as a not-for-profit social academic institute by a group of visionary Nepalese eminent professionals, academicians, managers and industrialists who realized the need of an institution serving the higher educational needs in engineering, technology and management reaching out to a wider section of Nepalese youths and making quality education accessible and affordable. Their aim was to produce technically competent engineering graduates ready to contribute in the accelerated social and economic growth of the country. This pioneering example set by nec led to the establishment of a number of engineering colleges in the country in the private sector in the later years. nec is committed to retaining its long earned reputation as 'an institution with concerns for quality education and academic freedom', again an example set by it for others to follow.
Since its establishment, nec is engaged in designing, upgrading and standardizing academic curriculum and its delivery at Bachelor and Masters level courses in engineering, technology and allied disciplines. nec intends to continue with this initiative, offering more innovative and applied courses in the established and emerging areas in the days to come. In doing so nec has succeeded in establishing a "brand" of its own.
Initiated with limited physical and instructional resources, nec has now grown into an institution with its learning resources comparable to any institution of repute in the country and in the region. The physical infrastructure and instructional resources, built on 210 ropanies (10.69 ha) of land at the lap of Changunarayan in Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world heritage site, right beside the Manohara river bank provides an ideal ambience of learning.
Currently, nec offers Bachelor level courses in Civil Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Civil and Rural Engineering and Civil Engineering for Diploma Holders leading to B.E. (Bachelor of Engineering) degree, Bachelor level course in Architecture leading to B. Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) degree, and Postgraduate courses leading to Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Construction Management (CM), Natural Resource Management (NRM), Interdisciplinary Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Transportation Engineering and Management (TEAM). B.E. Civil for Diploma Holders course is organized at nec-BDH Mahalaxmisadan in Lalitpur and all the Postgraduate courses are organized at nec - Center for Postgraduate Studies (nec-CPS) located at Prayag Pokhari, Lagankhel, Lalitpur.