Universities in Delhi
Jamia Hamdard University
Jamia Hamdard is a university in New Delhi that was established in 1989 by its revered founder Janab Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb, who was a true Gandhian in spirit and simple in person. He was born on 14th September, 1908 in Delhi to Janab Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed and Rabia Begum. Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed was the main strong force behind the improvement of the ancient system of Unani medicine and therapeutics. He named the University as ‘Hamdard’ as he wanted the public to benefit from the efficacy of this ancient Medicine. This field was further introduced all over the world by his son Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb.
Jamia Hamdard University was originally established in 1906, by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, a renowned practitioner of the Unani System of Medicine, as a small Unani Clinic. He had a vision of converting the practice of Unani Medicine into a scientific discipline in order to dispense the medication of Unani Medicine in a more efficacious manner to patients. He named this venture as ‘Hamdard’ which means ‘Sympathy to all in pain’. Post partition, he was determined to set up several educational institutions who will aim at highlighting the contribution of Islam and Islamic culture to the Indian civilization and development of Unani medicines for curing several diseases.
On 28th August, 1948, the venture ‘Hamdard’, which was then a commercial enterprise, was converted into a ‘Wakf’ [the funding organisation], with the main focus of giving effect to public charity via Islamic teachings including health and education. In 1964, the ‘Hamdard National Foundation’ was formed with a view for ‘Wakf’ to take up charitable causes in the areas of education, medical relief and the advancement of knowledge which will be consistent with the principles of the true teachings of Islam.
In order to set up a complex of research and educational institutions, Hakeem Abdul Hameed purchased a piece of land in the Tughlaqabad area of South Delhi, a barren land in those times. He and his Muslim associates established several institutions for teaching and research in order to implement and execute the objectives of ‘Wakf’ in accordance with the ‘Wakf’ deed. In 1962, the Hakeem set up the ‘Institute of History of Medicine and Medical Research’ with the prime objective to appraise the principles of medicine and promoting education and research in the history of medicine. In 1963, the Hakeem and his Muslim associates set up the ‘Indian Institute of Islamic Studies’ in order to promote the study of Islamic Culture and Civilization and promote its contribution to the Indian society and culture. During the same year, ‘Hamdard Tibbi College’ was established in Gali Qasim Jaan, an area in Old Delhi, which was later shifted in 1980 to the present Jamia Hamdard Campus. This College focused on providing education to students in the field of Unani Medicine in the Indian language in order to revive and carry forward the heritage and knowledge of this ancient medicine which was then available only in the Arabic and Persian languages. The aim was to pass on the knowledge to the students of next generation.
In 1972, the ‘Hamdard College of Pharmacy’ was established and it offered education and training in all branches of pharmacy. On the 10th of May, 1989, the long venture and dream of Hakeem Abdul Hameed was finally realised when Jamia Hamdard was given the status of ‘Deemed to be University’ by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India. All the Institutions that were initially set up by Hakeem Abdul Hameed and his Muslim associates and friends were integrated into ‘Jamia Hamdard’. Within a decade, the Jamia Hamdard University had evolved into an institution fulfilling the objectives of the ‘Wakf’ who had funded this enterprise.
The Jamia Hamdard University was officially inaugurated on 1st August, 1989 by Late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. The University continued to promote the cause of education, health and social service and this effort was acknowledged by the Government of India in 1965 when the Hakeem was conferred with the ‘Padma Shri’ prestigious award and later in 1991, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award. Today, the Jamia Hamdard University is recognised as a premier Institute of higher learning in Unani Medicine, Islamic Studies, Bio-sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and other areas of allied disciplines and works towards the ideologies conceived by its founder as a means of fulfilling the objects of the ‘Wakf’.
Besides the Study of Unani Medicine, Jamia Hamdard University had introduced Graduate programmes in Computer Applications and Information Technology and Post graduate programmes in Business Management, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy over the recent years. It also offers doctoral programmes in several disciplines with advance facilities. Faculties of this university include Allied Health Sciences, Islamic Studies & Social Sciences, Management Studies & IT, Unani Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Science.
The Jamia Hamdard Campus facilities include a Central Library which was named as ‘Hakim Mohammed Said Central Library’, after the younger brother of the founder of the Institute. This Central Library homes 6 Faculty Libraries of Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Management Studies, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Science. It also features a Computer centre equipped with all the web facilities. The Scholars' House is the name of the University Guest House that accommodates the Scholars of the University and their guests including external examination auditors, examiners, members of the selection board and residential conferences. This Guest House has fully air conditioned 12 double bedrooms and 18 single bedrooms including 9 air cooled single bedrooms. It also features 4 flats with 4 air conditioned rooms with an attached living room, dining room and a small lounge area that is equipped with facilities such as a telephone, Television, refrigerator, kitchenette, and an attendant.
The Jamia Hamdard University offers complete residential facilities to its teaching and non-teaching staff and students situated in 9 residential blocks within its campus area. The University also provides separate Hostels for female and male students. Each Hostel has a reading room, common relaxation room, dining hall and visitors’ room. These Hostels are segregated as 2 Under-graduate girls’ hostels, 1 Under-graduate boys’ hostel, 1 Post graduate girls’ hostel and 2 Post graduate boys’ hostels. It has one International boys’ hostel that accommodates foreign national students who secured good marks in their academics.
The Jamia Hamdard University is equipped with Sports facilities such as a gymnasium, cricket / football ground, badminton, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts for both girls and boys, Canteen, Mosque named ‘Masjid-Rabia’ used by the local people too and a Placement cell that organises in-campus placement events for its students. The University also features an alumni community named as ‘Jamham’ that comprise of the alumni of students from the Department of Computer Science.
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