The University was established in 2002 by a charter from the federal
government on the orders of General Pervez Musharraf, President of
Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The University is situated against a dramatic backdrop of steep mountains
at the confluence of the Gilgit and Hunza rivers.
The main campus of the university is located in Gilgit, the central
town of Gilgit Baltistan. Gilgit has an airport, providing daily flights
to Islamabad, punctuated by adverse weather conditions. The famous
Karakoram Highway (KKH) connects Pakistan with China, passing through
Gilgit. An offshoot of the KKH connects Gilgit with Skardu (Baltistan).
Gilgit gets very hot in June and July, whereas it is severely cold
in December and January. However, travel by road and by air continues
throughout the year.
The campus, situated on the University Road, is easily accessible
from the airport and the bus station. Taxis are found all around the
town and are a convenient method of transport.
Skardu Campus of KIU was inaugrated by the Cheif Minister Gilgit
Balitistan Syed Mehdi Shah in July 2011. It is located at Hussainabad
According to its charter, KIU is to be a multi-campus
university and is seeking to establish additional campuses where feasible,
according to the availability of special support, local resources and
indigenous expertise. Currently, the main campus has nearly 2300 students,
nearly 100 faculty members and over a hundred administrative staff in
sixteen academic departments. Skardu Campus has been started with four
diciplines i.e. English, Computer Sciences, Business Management and