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 Shawwal, 1367 Hijri, corresponding to 28th 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 10th 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 was a day of great joy for Hakeem Abdul Hameed, founder and the
moving spirit behind all the institutions promoted by Hamdard and
his large number of friends and associates. As a means of thanking
the Almighty Allah for His guidance to its founder and his associates,
Jamia Hamdard adopted a Seal with the following ayat from Sura al-Jum'a
from the Holy Quran
"he (The Prophet, may peace be upon him) instructs them in
`the Book And Wisdom'.
Since the founding of Jamia Hamdard, this ayat from the Holy Quran
is a source of inspiration and guidance for those connected with
Jamia Hamdard management and administration.
Jamia Hamdard was inaugurated by Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi on August
01, 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.