Seal of Hamdard University
|Motto||In Pursuit of Excellence|
|Chancellor||Ms. Sadia Rashid|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. Hakeem Abdul Hannan|
|Campus||Suburban (Main Campus)
Urban (All except Main Campus)
350 acres (Total backdrop area for Main Campus)
4.25 acres (Main campus plot area)
Hamdard University (Urdu: جامعہ ہمدرد) is a private research university with multiple campuses in Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan. The university was founded in 1991 by the renowned philanthropist Hakim Said of the Hamdard Foundation. Hamdard is one of the first and the oldest private institutions of higher education in Pakistan. In Karachi alone, Hamdard University is the largest private research university with a campus area of over 350 acres.
Hamdard University's central library Bait-ul-Hikmah is one of the largest research libraries in South Asia with a collection of over half a million books, some of them dating back to 17th century. The university includes eight faculties, nine research institutes, three separate university teaching hospitals and three affiliated engineering institutes. There are more than 15,000 alumni of Hamdard University employed in different organisations in Pakistan and worldwide.
Major programs of Hamdard University are accredited by and offered in collaboration with bodies such as the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), and the Pakistan Pharmacy Council (PCP).
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Faculties and institutes
- 3.1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology
- 3.2 Faculty of Environmental Sciences
- 3.3 Faculty of Management Sciences
- 3.4 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- 3.5 Faculty of Eastern Medicine
- 3.6 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- 3.7 Faculty of Legal Studies
- 3.8 Faculty of Pharmacy
- 4 Campus facilities
- 5 Student bodies and activities
- 6 Notable people
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|HEC University Rankings|
Hamdard University was established on October 9, 1991, by a provisional act of the Sindh Assembly. The founding chancellor, Hakim Said, had been long advocating for the establishment of private-sector higher education learning institutions. He received the university's charter from then-President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in a solemn ceremony. The university is named after Said's philanthropy and education lobby organisation, the Hamdard Foundation.
For the university, an area of about 178 acres was earmarked at Madinat al-Hikmah: "a City of Education, Science and Culture", 30 km north of the commercial center of Karachi.
Stretching over an area of 350 acres, Madinat al-Hikmah includes, in addition to the establishments of the university, Hamdard Garden, sports stadium, Hamdard Public School and college, operating as its earliest institutions, imparting education from primary to higher secondary level and Bait al-Hikmah library. Institute of Education & Social Sciences (HIESS) and College of Eastern Medicine (HACEM) were among the earliest institutions, established after its inception. The other institutions that appeared in the later stages of its development include Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry (HCM&D), Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (HIMS), Hamdard Institute of Information Technology (HIIT), Faclty of Engineering Sciences and Technology (FEST), Usman Institute of Technology (UIT), Hafiz Mohammad Ilyas Institute of Pharmacology & Herbal Sciences, Hamdard School of Law (HSL), Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (HIPS), Bait al-Hikmah Institute of Research and Regional CISCO Networking Academy.
In 1996 the first city campus of the university was established at Adamjee Nagar. Later on, another city campus operating both weekend and evening programs was started in PECHS, Karachi. The number of campuses increased with the establishment of Islamabad and Faisalabad campuses in 1998 and 2000 respectively. During the period, five Lahore-, Islamabad- and Karachi-based organisations, imparting professional education in different disciplines, also became affiliated with the university.
Hamdard University has 6 major campuses in 3 main cities of Pakistan: 3 in Karachi – the financial hub of Pakistan; 2 in Islamabad – the capital city of the country (one of the 2 Islamabad campuses is under construction); and 1 in Faisalabad.
Out of the three campuses in Karachi, the one located at Northern Bypass is the oldest and the largest. It is known as the Main Campus. The others are located in downtown Karachi and are known as the City Campuses.
The main campus of Hamdard University is located in the vicinity of the Sindh—Balochistan border, 28 km from the commercial center of Karachi, on the main highway leading to Murad Khan Dam (Bund), situated against the backdrop of over 350 acres of Madinat al-Hikmah: the city of Education, Science and Culture.
The Main Campus houses different institutes and faculties which include Hamdard Institute of Information Technology, Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences, Faculty of Eastern Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
There are two major City Campuses of the university too, in addition to the Main Campus, in Karachi:
- City Campus I (CC-I) – SNPA 30, Kathiawar Hall, "B" Block, Adamjee Nagar, off Tipu Sultan Road, Karachi ( )
- City Campus II (CC-II) – 164-G, Block 3, off Khalid Bin Waleed Road, PECHS, Karachi ( )
CC-I is basically an extension for the Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (HIMS) and CC-II is the campus of Hamdard Institute of Information Technology (HIIT), and is also utilised for offering different training courses, certifications and diplomas. It also houses the Graduate School of Engineering Sciences and Information Technology and Hamdard School of Law. A summer semester, for the students who want to improve their grades or apply for the courses which they previously failed to complete/pass, is also offered at CC-II during the months of July–September, every year.
The main Islamabad campus for the university was constructed in 2000. It is located at Plot No. 2, Johar Road, F-8 Markaz, Islamabad. The Islamabad Campus houses three institutes which offer different disciplines in Engineering, IT, Management Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences. These institutes include Hamdard Institute of Information Technology, Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences and Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Islamabad Campus offers different facilities for students and faculty-members which include an Auditorium, Wireless Internet Access, Hospital training for Pharm.D. students, Student-teacher Centre and different laboratories.
As of 2012, a second campus in the city of Islamabad is planned. Land for new campus building, at a site on Kurri Road near National Institute of Health, has been acquired and construction is planned in the near future.
The Faisalabad Campus of Hamdard University is situated at East Canal Road. Its facilities include a library, audio-visual systems for classrooms, an auditorium and seminar halls. It offers education in the fields of Management Sciences and Information Technology.
Faculties and institutes
Hamdard University offers undergraduate and post-graduate education through its different institutions/faculties which are based in the different campuses of the university.
Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology
FEST (Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology)headed by Dean, Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin, offers its Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees through its three institutions: GSESIT, HIIT – Karachi and HIIT – Islamabad.
"Graduate School of Engineering Sciences and Information Technology" was established in 1997 with the name of Hamdard Institute of Information Technology (HIIT). Later on, due to its main focus on graduate programs, it was renamed as Graduate School of Engineering Sciences and Information Technology (GSESIT). Initially, Master of Sciences in Information Technology – MS (IT) was offered with the inception of the institute. In Fall 2002, Master of Science in Software Engineering – MS (SE) program was introduced. Recently, new Masters, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programs are being offered to take active part in research and development and to concentrate toward the area of specialisation, and the institute is also catering the needs of professionals through short courses, certificates and diploma programs. Currently, GSESIT offers following graduate and research programs:
|Master of Sciences/Philosophy:
HIIT – Karachi
"Hamdard Institute of Information Technology, Karachi" was established in 1997 at the Main Campus of Hamdard University. Initially it offered graduate programmes only. Later on, the graduate studies were started to offered under the institute of GSESIT and HIIT – Karachi was dedicated for the Bachelors programs only. Currently, the institute offers following programs:
|Bachelor of Engineering:
||Bachelor of Sciences:
The faculty for HIIT – Karachi includes 6 professors, 6 associate professors, 24 assistant professors, 12 lecturers, 20 laboratory engineers and few members of visiting/adjunct faculty. As of July 25, 2013, the Acting Director of Hamdard Institute of Information Technology is Asco. Prof. Dr. Choudhry Fahad Azim.
HIIT – Islamabad
"Hamdard Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad" is a constituent institute of Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus which came into being with the establishment of Islamabad Campus in 2000. HIIT – Islamabad initially offered Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in Computer Science, Information Technology and Computer-Systems Engineering. Later on, the institute introduced Engineering programs in Telecommunications and Electronics in 2003. Recently, on the advice of PEC, the two engineering programs (T.E. and E.E.) were merged to form one program as B.E. (Electrical Engineering). This is applicable from the intake of 2007 and onwards. The institute is thus offering B.E. (Electrical Engineering) with two streams, i.e. Telecommunications and Electronics at present. Pakistan Engineering Council has granted conditional accreditation to the engineering programs of HUIC for the intakes of 2004, 2005 and 2006, for Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering programs. Currently, the institution offers following programs:
- B.E. (Electrical Engineering)
- B.S. (Computer Science)
The teaching faculty for HUIC includes 4 professors, 7 assistant professors, 16 lecturers and 11 members from visiting faculty. Laboratories for the campus include a Research Laboratory, an Electronics Laboratory, a Communications Laboratory, an Industrial Control Laboratory and a Simulation & Modelling Laboratory.
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
The Faculty of Environmental Sciences offers the degree of Bachelor of Sciences in Environment & Energy Management.
Faculty of Management Sciences
The Faculty of Management Sciences offers the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Business Administration (B.B.A. & M.B.A.) and M.S. (Management Sciences) through its two constituent institutes: HIMS – Karachi and HIMS – Islamabad.
HIMS – Karachi
"Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences, Karachi" offers a 4-year program of B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration) in undergraduate category, an M.S. (Management Sciences) program and a post-graduate M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) program which has been divided into four categories with respect to the time-span and previous education:
- A three-and-a-half year MBA plan for students having a previous 2-year Bachelors degree in any discipline,
- A regular 2-year MBA plan for students having a previous 4-year Bachelors degree in any discipline,
- A one-and-a-half year MBA plan for students having a previous 4-year Bachelors degree in Business Administration (BBA) or equivalent,
- An executive 2-year MBA plan for students having a 2-year Bachelor's degree in any discipline and a professional experience of at least 4 years in executive capacity.
City Campus – I is an extension to the Institute of Management Sciences, Karachi. The teaching faculty of HIMS – Karachi and City Campus – I includes 3 professors, 3 associate professors, 16 assistant professors, 7 lecturers and 2 research associates.
HIMS – Islamabad
"Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences, Islamabad" offers B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration) in undergraduate category and post-graduate M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) programs, similar to those offered by the HIMS – Karachi. The faculty at HIMS includes 3 professors, 3 assistant professors, 6 lecturers, 2 teaching assistants and 9 members from visiting faculty.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences was inaugurated in 1992 and it offers its degrees through Hamdard Institute of Education and Social Sciences (HIESS), which was established as the first constituent institution of Hamdard University's Main Campus. The institution's mission, as described on the official site, is "the production of the unconventional, capable, dynamic, creative, democratic and innovative teacher". HIESS offers the degree of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.).
The teaching faculty of Hamdard Institute of Education and Social Sciences (HIESS) consists of one Associate Professor (also the Acting Director), two assistant professors, two lecturers and a Research Associate.
Faculty of Eastern Medicine
The Faculty of Eastern Medicine provides education in the field of Herbal Medicine, which continues to be practised in many of the Islamic countries today. The countries where it has, to some extent, enjoyed an official status are: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa. In Pakistan, in the mid sixties, the government under the then-President ordered the official registration of "Hakims".
The Faculty of Eastern Medicine was established "[to] produce graduates with knowledge of Eastern Medicine with latest technology for diagnosis and modern methods for the management of diseases and health care". Hamdard Research Institute of Unani Medicine (H.R.I.U.M.) was included in the Faculty of Eastern Medicine as approved by the Academic Council held on 24 April 2008. Currently, the faculty offers following degrees:
- Bachelor of Eastern Medicine and Surgery (Regular five years)
- Bachelor of Eastern Medicine and Surgery (Condensed Three years)
- M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs are also offered for regular bases.
The degree programs offered by the faculty are accredited by the National Council of Tibb, Ministry of Heath – Government of Pakistan and by the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. Most of the B.E.M.S. graduates start their own practice by establishing their clinics and other are employed in various hospitals and research institutes and organizations such as Hamdard Foundation and Hamdard Laboratories, Pakistan, Ibn-e-Sina Institute for Tibb and University of Western Cape, South Africa and Qarshi Industries, Pakistan.
The teaching staff of the Faculty of Eastern Medicine currently consists of 5 professors, 9 assistant professors, 9 lecturers, 3 MOs (Medical Officers) and an RMO (Resident Medical Officer).
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences offers the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.).
The Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry (H.C.M.D) is recognized by Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC), World Health Organization (WHO) , Medical Board of California (USA) and FAIMER (Foundation of Advancement of International Medical Education and Research)
Faculty of Legal Studies
The Hamdard School of Law, as a constituent institution of the Hamdard University opened for admission in January 2001, on the initiative of its former Chancellor, Justice (R) Ajmal Mian, former Chief Justice of Pakistan and the then-Vice Chancellor. Faculty of Legal Studies offers the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) through the Hamdard School of Law which is located in the vicinity of the City Campus II (CC-II). Unlike most of the Pakistani institutions which offer the LL. B. courses in evening lecture sessions, the Hamdard School of Law offers a full-time semester-based course. Activities held during the three-year course include:
In addition to success in the semester-wise examinations, students are required to complete the prescribed number of class hours for attaining the LL. B. degree. In order to fulfill its objectives of "providing and promoting study and research in the field of law and allied subjects", the following Boards were established:
- Advisory Board
- Executive Board
The Executive Board was entrusted to look after the administration and management of the School. The main function of the Advisory Board is extend guidance to the Law School on policy matters with the prime objective to develop the Law School as a leading “Centre of Excellence of Law and Research” in the country and international recognition of the credentials, the degrees and diplomas awarded by the Law School. The teaching faculty of Hamdard School of Law currently consists of 3 professors, 2 associate professors, 18 assistant professors and a Lecturer.
Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Pharmacy was established in the year 1997 with the aim of "[providing] high quality education in healthy academic environment with a commitment to produce competent pharmacists with managerial skills." The faculty initially offered following programs in its early phase (1997-2001):
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D. - Condensed one-year Program)
- M.Phil (Pharmacology & Clinical Practices)
- M.Phil (Pharmaceutics)
- M.Phil (Pharmacognosy)
- M.Phil (Pharm. Chemistry)
- Ph.D. (Pharmacology & Clinical Practices)
- Ph.D. (Pharmaceutics)
- Ph.D. (Pharmacognosy)
- Ph.D. (Pharm. Chemistry)
In 2001, the Faculty of Pharmacy introduced an innovative B. Pharm, MBA program combining Pharmaceutical and Management Sciences for the first time in Pakistan. It has the support of two major faculties of the University, namely the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Management Sciences.
Keeping in view the changing global trends and recent advances in the field of pharmaceutical sciences, the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan and Higher Education Commission have upgraded the pharmacy syllabi and introduced an advanced program of Pharm.D. extending over a period of five years. It is a professional doctoral program that is designed to prepare practitioner and researcher who can provide patient oriented pharmaceutical care in contemporary setting including community practice and hospital environment.
In the light of the recommendation of Pharmacy Council of Pakistan and Higher Education Commission, the Faculty of Pharmacy, Hamdard University, has adopted Pharm.D. as the basic degree in Pharmacy.
HIPS - Karachi
"Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Karachi" offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree to the students who complete their 5-year education form the institution. HIPS - Karachi provides education to the students in collaboration with Hamdard University Hospital, Taj Medical Complex, which is 300-bed hospital; K.V. Social Security Hospital, SITE, which is 335-bed hospital and a 50-chair Hamdard Dental Hospital. The students work and gain experience in Pharmacy Stores, Pharmacies, Cardiac Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency, General Medicine Ward, Blood Bank and Laboratories, and they are evaluated for attachment by submission of projects, ward reports and presentations.
The teaching faculty for HIPS - Karachi includes 5 professors, 10 assistant professors and 11 lecturers.
HIPS - Islamabad
"Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Islamabad" offers its Pharm. D. degree in collaboration with Federal Government Services Hospital (FGSH) in Islamabad. This is a 508-bed hospital with over 500 doctors working in 27 different specialities. The hospital has an average daily turnover of over 2000 patients. The students also have the opportunity to interact and visit the 27 allied dispensaries attached with the hospital.
Teaching faculty for HIPS - Islamabad includes 2 professors, 1 associate professor, 7 assistant professors, 9 lecturers and 11 teaching assistants. Laboratories for the campus includes a Basic Medical Sciences Laboratory, a Pharmaceutical Chemistry Laboratory, a Pharmaceutics Laboratory, a Pharmacognosy Laboratory, an Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory and a Quality Control (QC) lab.
For pharmacy students, Federal Government Services Hospital (FGSH) in Islamabad provides an excellent opportunity of interaction and learning. This is a 508 bed hospital with over 500 doctors working in 27 different specialties. The hospital has an average daily turnover of over 2000 patients. The students also have the opportunity to interact and visit the 27 allied dispensaries attached with the hospital. The students work and gain experience in Pharmacy Stores, Pharmacies, Cardiac Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency, General Medicine Ward, General Out Patient, Pediatric Ward, Surgery, Nephrology, Gynae Ward, Blood Bank and Laboratories. Students are evaluated for attachment by submission of projects, ward reports and presentations.
For the undergraduate students of the Main Campus, Karachi, the facility of 5 hostels has been provided. One girls' hostel and 4 boys' hostels serve as dormitories for the undergraduate students of the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, the Faculty of Easter Medicine, the Faculty of Management Sciences and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The hostels located in the vicinity of Main Campus, Madinat al-Hikmah are:
- A 5-storey girls' hostel ( )
- Two 4-storey and one 5-storey boys' hostel ( )
To accommodate the increasing number of students, one extra building was acquired on lease in 2011. This dormitory serves as boys' hostel and is situated at 4-K Chowrangi, North Karachi, which is located at a distance of about 14 kilometres from the Main Campus.
- A 2-storey boys' hostel at 4-K Chowrangi, Karachi ( )
The Students-Teachers Centre (STC) is the central cafeteria of the main campus, which provides food and a facility for student-teacher interaction. Cafeterias and teashops are also present at various campuses of the University.
Transportation for students, faculty and staff members between the Main Campus and different parts of the city is provided by a fleet of University-owned and on-contract vehicles which include buses, Coasters, HiAces and mini-vans.
Bait al-Hikmah, named after the famous library, House of Wisdom in Baghdad, is the central library of Hamdard University's Main, Karachi Campus. It houses over half a million modern volumes as well as thousands of ancient manuscripts, millions of clippings, translations of Quran in over 60 languages, A.V. cassettes, as well as postage stamps, coins and photographs of Hamdard University/Foundation activities, making it one of the largest libraries in South Asia.
The foundation-stone of Bait al-Hikmah was laid on 17 June 1985 by the then-President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. It was established by Hakim Mohammed Said, the founder of Madinat al-Hikmah, a humanitarian and a philanthropist. After the completion of the Bait al-Hikmah as the first major and important institution of Madinat al-Hikmah, Hakim Said invited the then-President Ghulam Ishaq Khan to inaugurate the library on 11 December 1989.
The Bait al-Hikmah as a central library and center for academic research is used by students, faculties, researchers, scholars and freelancers nationally and internationally. The library is fully computerised.
The collection of Bait al-Hikmah Library ranges from books and journals on different subjects and in different languages, covering Science and Technology, Medicine, Management Sciences, Indo-Pakistan History, Islam and Religion, Traditional/Alternative Systems of Medicine, Social Sciences and Jurisprudence, to Literature in Urdu, English, Arabic and Persian.
Almost every institute of Hamdard University has a dedicated library which contains books related but not limited to that institute. These include:
- HIIT Departmental Library, for the registered students and faculty of Hamdard Institute of Information Technology, Karachi. It houses books related to Information & Technology, Applied Sciences and different engineering disciplines. The facility of Book Bank is also provided to the students of HIIT through the same library.
- HIMS Departmental Library, for the registered students and faculty of Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences, Karachi
- HIESS Departmental Library, for the students and faculty of Hamdard Institute of Education & Social Sciences, Karachi
- Departmental Library of Faculty of Eastern Medicine
- Departmental Library of Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Departmental Library of Faculty of Legal Studies
Initiated in 2011, the Book Bank (currently available for the students of Hamdard Institute of Information Technology only) provides students with reference- and text-books for a minimal fee of Rs. 50/book (equivalent to USD 0.5) for the duration of a semester (which lasts for 6 months). Any student of HIIT can register for the facility of Book Bank free of cost and the registration remains effective for a maximum duration of 4 years (or until the completion of the degree in which the student is currently enrolled).
Student bodies and activities
HIIT Students' Wing
HIIT Students' Wing (also referred to as HSW) is the main functional student body of Hamdard Institute of Information Technology.
IEEE HIIT Student Branch
IEEE HIIT Student Branch is a student branch of the international organization, IEEE, which controls and monitors the student activities of IEEE members of Hamdard University. Currently Chairman of IEEE HIIT Student Branch, Hamdard University, Karachi Section, Mr. Sohail Sarang Mengwar.
Faculty and staff
The renowned Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan was Hamdard University's first registered professor of physics in Islamabad and once held the chairmanship of Department of Physics; he still continues to lecture on physics and science. As of 2012, Abdul Qadeer Khan remains associated with the university, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the university.
Other prominent persons include Ms. Sadia Rashid, who is the current chancellor of the university and also the president of Hamdard Foundation Pakistan. Prof. Dr. Hakeem Abdul Hannad is the vice chancellor and Prof. Dr. Vali Uddin is the Acting Registrar who are contributing a lot to improve the university standings.
Many scholars have produced cutting-edge research in their respective disciplines, including Islamic scholars Zakariyau Oseni, Zulkadir Siddiqui, historian Mohammad Ishaq Khan, and economist Matin Ahmed Khan. Other faculty members include Sarwar Munir Rao (Mass Communication), electrical engineer Atta-ur-Rehman Memon, and Zillur Rahman (who has been serving as visiting professor of medicine since 1997).
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