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Jamia Humdard, Delhi

Jamia Hamdard is a university located in New Delhi, India. It was established in 1989.

Janab Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb Our Revered FounderJanab Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb, a true Gandhian in spirit and simplicity was born in Delhi on September 14, 1908. No account of Hakeem Saheb can be complete without the mention of his illustrious father, Janab Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed and his mother Rabia Begum. 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” Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb, 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. His mother was indeed a source of perennial strength to her children. 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 fifty rich men, he continued with the same life style. 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 by Md. Faizan Class VI B Hamdard Public School.

he 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 Shawwal, 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 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.

November 1, 2010

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