After the establishment of Faujderhat Cadet College in Chittagong district and Jhenaidah Cadet College in the Khulna division the foundation of Momenshahi Cadet College (former name of Mirzapur Cadet College) was planned. The objective of the new college was to prepare army officers for the Pakistan Army.
The then president of Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan laid the foundation stone of Momenshahi Cadet College at the Mirzapur Upazila in the then Mymensingh District (now Tangail district) of Bangladesh on 29 November 1963. The foundation stone is still there on the wall of the main academic building of the college.
Major General Fazle Mukim Khan formally opened the college on 9 January 1965. The first principal was Mr. Michael William Pitt.
Academic activities started from that year with intakes in Classes 7, 8 and 9.
After 7 March speech a violent procession by an angry mob entered the college campus on the 8th. Principal Wng Comd Sulaiman Haider Kayani closed the college then and sent all the cadets home. During the liberation war the college was opened in the first week of November 1971 with Mr Wahab as acting Principal.
Each year at least 900 7th graders compete to earn the 50 seats available. Other cadet colleges were established. Today there are 12 cadet colleges, including three for girls only.
Since this is an exclusively residential institution, it is assumed that special efforts will be made to devise a worthwhile daily schedule for Cadets during the term. The purpose of such a daily schedule is to indicate broadly the orientation that is required for the physical and mental development of Cadets according to the demand of time. The details of the daily schedule will determine their involvement in different activities of the day within the time frame from 0530 hrs to 2245 hrs.
The following activities are mandatory for them:
a. PT for 30 minutes in all weekdays other than days specified for parade and holidays. SSC & HSC candidates would be exempted from the same one month prior to the start of their exams.
b. Parade for 30 minutes on every Saturday and Wednesday except holiday. Principal’s parade will take place on 1st Saturday of the month. SSC & HSC candidates would be exempted from one month prior to the start of exam.
c. College Assembly for 15 minutes on 2nd Saturday of the month.
d. House Assembly for 15 minutes on every Tuesday.
e. Form Meeting for 15 minutes, on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday of the week.
f. Formal schooling and learning about 280 minutes on all workdays.
g. Meal timings from breakfast to dinner – 100 minutes every day.
h. Afternoon rest about 60 minutes every day.
j. Free time / Self study about 30-40 minutes.
k. Extra drill / Detention for 30 minutes during games time.
l. Compulsory games time 40-45 minutes for juniors and 50-60 minutes for seniors in the afternoon on all weekdays except Thursday and holidays. Optional games may be played on Friday / holiday morning and afternoon.
m. Club / Society activities for 60 minutes during games time on 1st Thursday of the month.
n. Mughrib prayer for 20 minutes every day.
p. Lesson preparation for 160 to 180 minutes in two/three shifts.
q. House Inspection by the Principal on 3rd Thursday of the month.
r. House Inspection by the House Masters on 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. If Principal’s Inspection does not take place, it will be replaced by House Master’s Inspection.
s. Film show/Cultural evening; once a week on Thursday evening.
t. College Stage Competition (CSC) during 6th and 7th periods on Thursday of the week.
u. Reading facilities at College Library / House Reading Room on workdays during free time.
v. Reading facilities at House Reading Room on holidays.
w. Letter writing hour after breakfast every Friday.
x. Sleeping time at night minimum for 6 hours.