The National Institute of Modern Languages (NIML) was established in June 1969 at Satellite Town Rawalpindi, Pakistan under administrative control of Pakistan Army. It was initially affiliated with the Islamabad University (now Quaid-i-Azam University) from 1970 to 1974 and 1976 to 1979. In between it was affiliated with Allama Iqbal Open University from 1974 to 1976. In due course, the Institute was moved to its present location and in 1979 it was awarded a full autonomous status under the Pakistan Army. In the beginning only selected languages and selected courses, having utility for the Armed Forces and relevant Government Departments of Pakistan were taught in the Institute, which included Certificate, Diploma and Interpreter ship level courses. The majority of the students came from the Defence Forces of Pakistan and some Government departments, while only a limited number of civilian students who were interested in learning such languages were enrolled.
The National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad was elevated from the National Institute of Modern Languages (NIML), Islamabad to its present status in May 2000. It is the only University in Pakistan and a unique one in the region, which is playing a pivotal role in promotion of around 24 national/international languages and the culture of respective countries. Present location of the University is spread over an area of 25 acres in Sector H-9, Islamabad. There are more than 35 teaching Department of Languages, Social Sciences, Management, Engineering and Information Technology. Total students strength ranges from 8500 to 10000 in each semester. The University has more than 500 teaching faculty. It has seven regional campuses located at Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar and Quetta. Main Campus Islamabad consists of seven teaching blocks, a central library and five hostel buildings. As per charter of the University the President of Pakistan is the Chancellor of the University and Chief of the Army Staff acts as Chairman Board of Governors.
The University since its establishment as an Institute has made tremendous contribution particularly in the field of promotion and learning of languages. Major beneficiaries being the Armed Forces of Pakistan, Government/Semi Government Department; the Armed Forces Personnel of friendly countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Oman, Libya, Myanmar, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, etc also received language training of various durations at the University. In addition to the nominees of the foreign Armed Forces and Governments, a large number of civilian foreign students also graduated from this Institute. As the University grew in size and scope, a number of new contemporary disciplines such as Education, Economics, Engineering, Governance & Organizational Sciences, Information Technology, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Management Sciences, Mass Communications, Pak Studies/History, etc have also been introduced.
In addition to regular academic activities the University lays emphasis on extracurricular and co-curricular activities including community based services. It has developed keen interest in its students to perform and participate in these services / activities. In the process university conducts regular camps for blood donation to various organizations of the country including Red Cross, holds seminars on various awareness activities, like Thalassemia, Diabetes, Breast Cancer and camps for collecting donations for effected people of natural calamities on as required basis. University is conducting rafter school English Language Program for poor and disadvantaged students of schools of Rawalpindi and Islamabad with the assistance of State Department as community service.