The Bangladesh National Defence College (NDC) was established following a decision of the Governing Body of the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) on 07 December 1996.
The Honourable Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the campus on 10 January 1998 in Mirpur Cantonment, at the previous site of the Military Museum. Meanwhile, the First Course commenced on 10 January 1999 at the premises of DSCSC. A 3-member British Defence Advisory Team assisted in structuring the National Defence Course.
The purpose built campus of the College was inaugurated on 22 November 2000, on the day of the Second Course's Graduation Ceremony. The First Armed Forces War Course commenced on 10 January 2001.