Jamia Hamdard

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Jamia Hamdard
Motto The Book And Wisdom
Established 1989
Type Public, Deemed University
Chancellor Saiyid Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ghulam Nabi Qazi
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC, AICTE
Website www.jamiahamdard.edu

Jamia Hamdard is a university located in New Delhi, India. It has been awarded an 'A' grade deemed university status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India.[1] It was established in 1989.


The history of Jamia Hamdard begins with the establishment of a small Unani clinic in the year 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, one of the well-known practitioners of Unani System of Medicine of his time. Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed had a vision of making the practice of Unani Medicine into a scientific discipline so that Unani medicines could be dispensed in a more efficacious manner to patients. He gave the name "Hamdard" to his venture which means "sympathy for all and sharing of pain". His illustrious son, Hakeem Abdul Hameed, carried forward the philosophy and objectives of Hamdard in independent India. Even at the time of partition of India in 1947, Hakeem Abdul Hameed was dreaming of setting up a complex of educational institutions which would concentrate on highlighting the contribution of Islam and Islamic culture to Indian civilization and development of Unani medicines for curing diseases

On 22 muharram, 1367 Hijri, corresponding to 28 August 1948, Hamdard, which was a commercial enterprise at that time, was converted into a Wakf, with the object of giving effect to Islamic teachings of public charity including health and education. In 1964, Hamdard National Foundation was created with a view to receive and disburse the profits earned by Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories. Hamdard National Foundation was to take up charitable causes in the areas of education, medical relief and the advancement of knowledge, consistent with the principles of the true teachings of Islam.

For setting up a complex of research and educational institutions, Hakeem Abdul Hameed purchased a piece of land in Tughlaqabad area of South Delhi which was hardly inhabited in those times. In order to implement and execute the objects of Wakf as enshrined in the Wakf deed, Hakeem Abdul Hameed and his Muslim associates, established several institutions for teaching and research as given below.

In 1962, Hakeem Abdul Hameed set up the Institute of History of Medicine and Medical Research with the object of promoting education and research in the history of medicine, besides appraising the principles of medicine.

In 1963, Hakeem Abdul Hameed and his Muslim friends and associates set up Indian Institute of Islamic Studies with a view to promote the study of Islamic Culture and Civilization especially its contribution to Indian society and culture.

In 1963, Hamdard Tibbi medical College was set up in Gali Qasim Jaan, Old Delhi. It was later shifted to Jamia Hamdard Campus in 1980 to provide education in Unani Medicine to students so that the heritage of Unani Medicine largely available in Arabic and Persian is passed on to the students of next generation.

In 1972, Hamdard College of Pharmacy was set up with the objective of providing education and training in all branches of pharmacy. The year 1989 saw the fulfilment of the dream of Hakeem Abdul Hameed when Jamia Hamdard was given the status of Deemed to be University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on 10 May 1989. All the above named institutions set up by Hakeem Abdul Hameed and his friends and associates were amalgamated into Jamia Hamdard. In a brief period of only ten years, Jamia Hamdard has evolved into an institution fulfilling the objects of the wakf, which has funded it.

Jamia Hamdard was inaugurated by Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi on August 1, 1989. In his impressive speech, the Prime Minister lauded the efforts of Hakeem Abdul Hameed in setting up institutions of learning which were emerging in the form of a "Deemed to be University". He said, "This will enable (the Muslim) minority to go forward and help India to march forward".

Contribution of Hakeem Abdul Hameed to promote the cause of education, health and social service was acknowledged by the Government of India in 1965 when he was awarded Padma Shri for his valuable contribution and for his personal qualities of sacrifice, devotion and commitment to the cause of education. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991.The services rendered by Hakeem Abdul Hameed to the cause of education of Muslims have been acknowledged not only in India but in other countries too.

Jamia Hamdard was conceived as a seat of higher learning in Unani Medicine, Islamic Studies, Biosciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and other areas of knowledge by its founder as a means of fulfilling the objects of the wakf. Over a period of last ten years, Jamia Hamdard has emerged as an outstanding institution of higher learning with distinct and focused academic programmes. Graduate programme in Information Technology and Computer Applications and Post-graduate programmes in Information Technology, Computer Applications, Business Management, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy have been started in the last few years. Undergraduate programmes in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are being introduced from this year. Jamia Hamdard offers postgraduate and doctoral programmes in several disciplines for which advanced facilities are available.

Founder and philosophy[edit]

The Revered Founder Janab Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb, a true Gandhian in spirit and simplicity was born in Delhi on September 14, 1908. His illustrious father, Janab Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, received and improved the ancient system of Unani medicine and therapeutics. Hakeem Abdul Majeed wanted a large number of people to benefit from its efficacy and therefore gave the name “Hamdard” to his fledging venture.

The Unani system introduced by the father was rejuvenated all over the world by the illustrious son Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb, and true to the name "Hamdard", he grew up to be an epitome of sympathy. Hakim Sahib lost his father when he was just fourteen, but he proved to the world that he had nerves of steel and muscles of iron and thus carried out the task of his father.

Hakim Sahib had his early education in Madarsa Rehmani and in 1915 was admitted in a school. He obtained knowledge of English from an English teacher of the Anglo Arabic School named Aziz Ullah Begh and Persian from Maulvi Naseeruddin. In 1925 he was admitted in Tibia College from where he completed his education. Simplicity was the hallmark of his personality. He was a man of great poise who took every adversity in its stride, bearing a smiling face. He led an austere and disciplined life. All through he woke up before dawn, prayed and went for long walks. He ate simple food and led a simple life, sleeping on a plain cot. Even as India's one of the top 50 rich men, he continued with the same lifestyle. He imbibed Islamic values in his life completely and was a model par excellence of Islamic code of conduct. He dedicated himself to the cause of Education, which alone, he thought, was the way to betterment of society. He founded many institutions including Hamdard Dawakhana, Hamdard National Foundation, Majeedia Hospital, Hamdard University, Hamdard Education Society, Hamdard Public School, Rabea Girls Public School and Ghalib Academy.


The school is accredited by NAAC in 'A' grade.


Graduate programmes in Modern Medicine leading to award of MBBS, Information Technology and Computer Applications and post-graduate programmes in Information Technology, Computer Applications, Business Management, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy have been started in the last few years. Undergraduate programmes in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and Post Graduate Diploma in Preventive Cardiology are being introduced from this year.

Faculties include:

  • Pharmacy: The Faculty of Pharmacy is the oldest Pharmacy institute in New Delhi and one of the oldest in India. It is highly reputed among Pharmacy colleges in India. The Faculty offers diploma, undergraduate, graduate and PhD courses to the students.
  • Science
    • Biotechnology
    • Biochemistry
    • Botany
    • Toxicology
    • Chemistry

Campus facilities[edit]


The library system consists of central library and six faculty libraries: the faculties of science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, Islamic studies, and management studies and information technology. The central library is named ‘Hakim Mohammed Said Central Library’, after the younger brother of the founder.

Computer centre[edit]

The university's has a computer centre which works as lab of the Department of Computer Science, computing facilities, and system analysis units, as well as all necessary peripherals and requisite software. There are five laboratories in the computer centre, with facilities for their respective development fields.

Scholars' House[edit]

The Scholars' House is a guest house for scholars, university guests, outside examiners, members of the selection board, and residential conferences.

It has 12 double-bed air-conditioned rooms, 18 single-bed air-conditioned rooms, 9 single-bed air-cooled rooms, and 4 flats with 4 air-conditioned rooms, living room, dining room and a small lounge equipped with telephone, TV, fridge, kitchenette, and an attendant.

The kitchen also serves doctors of Majeedia Hospital and outsiders upon request.

Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research ( HIMSR ) & Hakeem Abdul Hameed Centenary Hospital The great founder of the university Janab Hakeem Abdul Hameed had conceived of starting a medical college way back in 1953 side by side of Unani system of Medicine. His dream became a reality in July 2012 when Medical Council of India gave its nod to Jamia Hamdard to start amedical college in its campus. Much before that Universityhad taken a momentous decision to rechristine the erstwhile Majeedia Hospital as Hakeem Abdul Hameed Centenary Hospital (HAH Cenetary Hospital ) and to attach this to newly established medical Institute - namely Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences of Research (HIMSR).HAH Centenary Hospital has 354 teaching beds currently housing all broad clinical disciplines and state of art 'blood bank'and 'hospital laboratory services'. Interestingly HIMSR is the sixth medical college in national capital territory of Delhi and the first model hospital in public -private sector in capital city of Delhi.The current leadership of the university notably Dr. G N Qazi, the Vice chancellor and the dedicated faculty of HIMSR are busy laying the solid foundation for this signature faculty of Jamia Hamdard. The first batch of MBBS students was taken in August 2012 .Institute has successfully stood to the test of MCI scrutiny for taking the second batch and has taken second batch through prestigious NEET in August 2013.

The institute aims to engage into world class research in cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases . The Institute has recently started a one year P G Diploma in Preventive Cardiology in collaboration with All India Heart Foundation / National Heart Institute, New Delhi. All efforts are being made to upgrade the present HAH centenary hospital into a 550-bed facility. A state of art ' Hamdard Imaging Centre' has been established to provide all kind of imaging modalities under one roof. Free OPD facilities are provided to University students, teaching and non-teaching staff,their family members and very poor people. The old Majeedia Hospital is being developed soon as the training place for the students of Faculty of Medicine (Unani)very soon. Besides modern medicine University continues to focus on developing Unani system of Medicine as a centre of excellence in this part of globe.

An alumnus of the HIMSR is called a 'Hamdardian'.

Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF)[edit]

Central Instrumentation Facility was established in July 1990 with the installation of L7 Backman Ultra-centrifuge, Sorval Rt-6000 low speed centrifuge, DU-64 Backman UV-VIS Spectrometer, Perkin-Elmer 8700 Gas Chromatograph, Perkin-Elmer HPLC and Mettler electronic balance. In year 1992, gamma-counter, beta-counter and DNA Electrophoresis systems were added to the CIF. Recently, Perkin-Elmer Lambda-20 Double-beam UV-VIS spectrophotometer, Perkin-Elmer LS-50 luminescence spectrometer, Bio-rad FT-IR spectrometers and mini-computer facility comprising eight computers, Internet and e-mail facilities have been included in CIF.

The objective of CIF is to provide state-of-art sophisticated instrumentation facility to the researchers of Jamia Hamdard, in addition, to train the Ph.D. and M.Pharm/M.Sc.. students on various equipment. Jamia Hamdard research students operate instruments themselves for their experiments. This training strengthens their theoretical concept and makes them confident in facing interviews for jobs and carryout post doctoral research work. Many Ph.D. students, use CIF during late hours and on week ends to complete their experiments. Nearly 50 Ph.D. students and more than 150 M.Pharm. students have used CIF during 1990-1999.

Residential facilities[edit]

Jamia Hamdard provides full residential facilities for the staff and students.


Jamia Hamdard provides residential facilities to its teaching and non-teaching staff, both in and outside campus.

There are nine residential blocks in the campus which are meant for residence of all categories of the teaching and non-teaching employees.


Jamia Hamdard has separate girls' and boys' hostels. Every hostel has a common room, reading room, dining hall, and visitors’ room. Number of hostels are as follows:

  • 2 UG girls hostels
  • 1 PG girls hostel.
  • 1 UG boys hostel
  • 1 Ibn Batuta P.G boys hostels
  • 1 International boys hostel


A gymnasium is under construction. Besides, playgrounds for cricket and football, are available.


The university has three canteens which are partially subsidised and are run by contractors. They provide tea, coffee and light snacks.


The campus of Jamia Hamdard has a grand mosque named as Masjid-Rabia. Local people also observe prayers there on Friday and other occasions. In order to facilitate worshipers, water supply, electric fans, loud speakers, etc. are provided. About 1200 people can perform prayers under the covered area of the mosque.and apart from this more than 5000 people worship out side the mosque area on Friday and eid Beside Rabia Mosque there are three separate mosques under three hostels are available.

Foreign nationals[edit]

The university welcomes foreign nationals who have a good academic record and have secured good marks in equivalent qualifying examinations. Preference is given to candidates who have secured good percentile in SAT/GMAT/GRE examinations.

Foreign Student’s Cell[edit]

The Foreign Student Cell looks after their rights and benefits. The Foreign Students' advisor looks after the affairs of foreign students. Cultural and social event are organized by the cell every year.

Placement activities[edit]

The university organizes placement activities for its students and a large number of companies visit the campus like Cisco, Aricent, Fiserv, Syntel, Qualtech Consultants, Research Endeavors, nucleus software, CSC, Headstrong, Tech Mahindra, Hewlett Packard, Sapient, Perot Systems, Impetus, American Express, TCS, Newgen, ICICI Bank, BBraun Medical, Allergan India, Novartis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Panacea, Pfizer, Biocon, Cipla, Sun Pharma, Lupin, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Ranbaxy, Max Newyork Life Insurance, Maruti Udyog, HCL Technologies, Comviva Technologies Limited and many more.

Hamdard Study Circle[edit]

A premier coaching institute founded by late Janab Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb in 1992 for preparing students of weaker section of society, particularly Muslims, for Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission.

The Circle provides coaching for all the three stages of the Civil Services Examination, viz Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Personality Test. Hamdard Study Circle has excellent boarding and lodging facilities, a well-equipped library, internet facility, office complex, recreation room, a modern dining hall and kitchen housed in the 14-acre (57,000 m2) sprawling campus of Talimabad in South Delhi. There is no fee charged for coaching but students are required to pay Rs. 1750/- per month for the maintenance of the hostel and amenities and Rs. 2000/- per month for meals. Stipends to deserving students of Minority, OBC and SC/ST Categories are available through a Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment grant.

Admission strictly on merit basis through a competitive test held at New Delhi, Patna, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram on 3rd Sunday of November each year for Prelim Examination Coaching and at New Delhi in the last week of July in the following year for the Main Examination Coaching. Admission for Personality Test Coaching is made through Personal Interview in last week of March each year. Total intake up to 10 girls and 50 boys. So far 161 candidates have qualified for various Civil Services from Hamdard Study Circle.

Alumni community[edit]

Department of Management Studies, Jamia Hamdard Alumni Association - Key Alumuni's - Mr. Babar, Mr. Sarfaraz, Shariq Saied (2007–09), Eram (2007–09), Mr. Javed Ahmad (2008-10 batch), Zohra Firdaus, Mr. Vivek, Mr. Riyazat, Mr. Ziya, Mr. Shahamat(MBA), Hooria (2008-10 Batch) and Jamia Hamdard Pharmacy Alumni are two communities on LinkedIn network. They have found great success and have become a hub of activities for alumni and current students.

Jamham is an alumni community of the students of Dept. of Computer Science.

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