Kohsar University, a breakthrough in the educational development of Murree and its adjoining areas, was recently established by the Government of the Punjab vide Kohsar University, Murree Act-2020, (IX of 2020). The University with its beautiful existing 4 Campuses is located Punjab House, Boys Campus-Jhika Gali near Kashmir point with its amazing view, Girls Campus near GPO, Mall Road and Resocurce Center Murree (Admn/Activities) at Kashmir point. The other campuses/centers of excellence including Murree Campus has been recently approved by the Government. The university comprises of these spacious and beautiful buildings surrounded by natural and scenic beauty of the Queen of Hills-Murree. The university is offering BS 4 year degree in the fields of Botany, English, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Urdu then Bio informatics, Microbiology, Computer Science, Forestry & Tourism & Hospitality.
The university will cater all the educational needs of the students of Murree and its adjoining areas in its future initiatives as well. The university will provide the best opportunities for the personal and educational grooming of the students through its highly qualified faculty enabling the students to cope with the challenges of modern age. It will be a great source of research work for all the concerned students; thus, sharpening their wisdom and capabilities for the future development of the country. Moreover, Intermediate classes will continue under the patronage and supervision of the university. Thus, students who pass their Intermediate examination will be able to get admission to BS classes as per University criteria because a vast range of BS subjects shall be available to them higher studies. It is expected that new vistas of research work and learning available to the learners of this area with a bright future ahead.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
The Kohsar University, Murree (KUM) envisions itself as a premium higher education institution that offers quality education in diverse academic disciplines, especially those in line with the needs of Mountainous areas through sustainable development and competitive excellence nationally and internationally.
As a public sector University, KUM mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives of communities in particular by providing access to quality higher education, entrepreneurship and conducting research of the highest caliber. This will answer emerging questions and create solutions to the local needs and advances outreach engagement of vibrant and promising young brains especially those of Mountainous areas. KUM will be recognized as a University that develops a diverse and inclusive community of globally engaged, dynamic and skilled young leaders contributing in growth and development of communities.
The Paradise for Tourists “Murree”
Murree is a popular hill station and a summer resort in Pakistan. It is also visited as one of the most favourite destinations for Pakistani tourists in Sumer and during snowfall in Winter. Murree is located along Islamabad-Kohala highway N75, some 30 km (19 mi) Northeast of Islam-abad.The name Murree is derived from ‘Marhi’, “High Place” although there is a popular belief that it was named after the Virgin Mary during the British rule.
It is situated on the southern slopes of the Western Himalayan foothills as they ascend to the Northeast towards Kashmir. During British Rule in the nineteenth century, its altitude was measured at 7,000 feet (2,100 m), but its actual altitude has now been determined as 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above sea level.
The permanent town of Murree was constructed at Sunny Bank in 1853. The church was sanctified in May 1857, and the main road, Jinnah Road, formerly known as The Mall was built. The most significant commercial establishments, the Post Office, general merchants with European goods, tailors and millinery, were established opposite to the church.
Tehsil Murree has occupied total area of 434 sq kilometer and according to 2017 census has a population of 233,471 people of which 155,051 live in the rural areas while others live in Murree city as well as different cantonments spreading over different hill tops. Dhund (Abbasi) tribe has occupied most of the rural areas of Murree. This tribe has origins from Hazrat Abbas, uncle of Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be Upon Him). Dhund (Abbasis) have considerable presence in all areas surrounding Murree. There are some other tribes that are present in Tehsil Murree which include Sattis, Kathwals and Danials inhabiting southern parts of the Tehsil. Sattis form overwhelming majority in Kotli Sattian Tehsil and some parts of Tehsil Kahuta of District Rawalpindi while some of the majority Danial-populated areas have been merged into Islamabad Capital Territory as well as Tehsil Kotli Sattian. Other than these tribes a large number of people who belong to Gujar and Jat families as well.
Until 1876, Murree was the summer headquarters of the Punjab local government; after 1876 the headquarters were moved to Simla.
In the summer season it was the headquarters of the Lieutenant General of the Northern Command. The Commissioner of the Rawalpindi Division and the Deputy-Commissioner of Rawalpindi also resided here during part of the hot season, for which period an Assistant Commissioner was placed in charge of the subdivision consisting of Murree Tehsil. The site was selected in 1850 almost immediately after the annexation of the Province, and building operations commenced at once. In 1851 temporary accommodations was provided for a detachment of troops; and in 1853 permanent barracks were erected.