Jamia Hamdard (Deemed University), New Delhi
Updated on: May 16, 2014 , Author: Nishatha Abraham Bijeesh
Jamia Hamdard has its roots from a small Unani clinic established in 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed. He has envisioned putting Unani Medicine under scientific discipline and improving human and thus social health through the Unani System of medicine. He named his clinic Hamdard which meant sympathy to all. The Hamdard, a commercial enterprise was converted into a Wakf (religious charitable set up) on August 28, 1948. Later in 1964, Hamdard National Foundation was established for receiving and disbursing the earnings of Hamdard (Wakf) laboratories. Hamdard National Foundation was also made responsible to work on charitable causes in the domains of education, medical relief and the advancement of knowledge, consistent with the principles of the true teachings of Islam. For establishment of educational and research institutions Hakeem Abdul Hameed bought a land piece in South Delhis Tughlaqabad area and established several institutions with help from his friends as given under.
Year 1962: Hakeem Abdul Hameed established Institute of History of Medicine and Medical Research.
Year 1963: Hakeem Abdul Hameed, his friends and other associates established Indian Institute of Islamic Studies.
In the same year Hamdard Tibbi College was established in Gali Quasim Jaan, in Old Delhi, later, this institution was moved into campus of Jamia Hamdard.
Year 1972: Hamdard College of Pharmacy was established.
Year 1989: All the above-mentioned institutions amalgamated together to form Jamia Hamdard. The Ministry of Human Resources Development Government of India accorded the Deemed University status on Jamia Hamdard.
The then Prime Minister of India Shri Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated the Jamia Hamdard Deemed University on August 1, 1989, he said, "This will enable (the Muslim) minority to go forward and help India to march forward". Its founder Hakeem Abdul Hameed visualized Jamia Hamdard as a seat of higher learning in Unani Medicine, Islamic Studies, Biosciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and other knowledge domains.
Jamia Hamdard Deemed University offers numerous programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Faculties of Jamia Hamdard are intensively involved in research and development work. Diploma and Certificate courses are also offered through various faculty departments. Courses are offered in various areas of health and other applied sciences as well as humanistic disciplines. To help needy and deserving students Jamia Hamdard has institutionalized various scholarships.
The Hamdard Study Circle established in 1992, offers coaching facilities for Civil Services Exam to minority and poor students at affordable price.
The courses offered from Jamia Hamdard Deemed University are in high demand. Since providing education to everyone is not possible under one roof, Jamia Hamdard started offering various study programs through Open and Distance Learning mode. The degrees and certificates awarded from Jamia Hamdard are honored both in India and overseas for pursuing higher education and applying for jobs.
Jamia Hamdard Deemed University, though a minority institution opens its doors to all interested candidates both national and foreigners. The University conducts its own entrance examination for admission. Foreigners need to apply through separate admission channels. The University has limited numbers of hostels for men and women. Admissions into these hostels are exclusively made on the basis of merit.
Jamia Hamdard has placement cell to assist students of professionals programs, viz, Computers, Pharmacy, Management etc. in finding jobs. The placement cell makes necessary arrangements for interviews of final year students with prospective employers. In past years many national and international recruiters visited Jamia Hamdard for recruitment and offered lucrative pay packages.
In addition, Jamia Hamdard offers following facilities to its students and staff members
- Campus Wide Information System (CWIS)
- University Library
- Computer Centre
- Convention Centre
- Scholars House
- Majeedia Hospital
- Central Instrumentation Facility
- Residential Facility for Staff
- Hostel for Students
- University Mosque
Important Dates for Admissions, 2014
Applications to most courses at Jamia Hamdard have to be made online (visit www.jamiahamdard.edu). Deadlines vary for different courses. Get the complete details on Jamia Hamdard's important dates page.
Following are the currently active departments at Jamia Hamdard, Delhi that offer a multitude of UG, PG, Diploma and Ph.D programs to students:
1. Hamdard Institute of Medical Science & Research (HIMSR)
2. Faculty of Pharmacy
3. Faculty of Management & Information Technology
4. Faculty of Science
5. Faculty of Nursing
6. Faculty of Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences
7. Faculty of Islamic Studies and Social Science
8. Jamia Hamdard Off Campus, Kannur
9. Faculty of Medicine (Unani)