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Jamia Hamdard: high standards in research

education Updated: Apr 09, 2014 11:20 IST
Aanchal Bedi
Aanchal Bedi
Hindustan Times
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What began as a establishment of a small Unani clinic in the year 1906 is now an institution of higher learning with distinct and focused academic programmes. Jamia Hamdard is a government-aided deemed university accredited in category ‘A’ for two consecutive terms by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC). It is “perhaps the only university in Delhi accredited by NAAC for two consecutive terms,” says Shakir Ali, controller of examinations at the university.

Located in south Delhi, the university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD/MPhil and diploma and certificate programmes in medicine, pharmacy, paramedical and allied health sciences, nursing, computer science, engineering and federal studies.

According to Dr Firdous Ahmad Wani, registrar, “Our university is known for its strong research base in health and basic sciences and is recognised both nationally and internationally. It has state of the art facilities and recently received a grant of US$ five million for international collaboration. Every year, approximately 2,300 students apply for various courses, out of which almost 15% students are foreigners from 32 different countries.

Jamia Hamdard is also planning to introduce three new courses in law, inclusive journalism and teacher’s education, Dr Wani adds. Admission to all undergraduate courses offered by the university is done through NEET and JEE (Main), whichever is applicable. For other courses, the university conducts entrance tests or admits students on merit in qualifying examination-cum-interview, with a weightage of 15% for interview.

For MBBS and all undergraduate programmes where admissions are conducted on the basis of NEET, the last date for submitting applications is May 30, 2014. For programmes where admission is made through entrance test/merit in qualifying examination-cum-interview, the deadline for submitting ­applications is April 30, 2014. For BTech and BCA/BSc (IT) courses, candidates must submit their applications by May 15, 2014. The last date for submission of application forms for the MBA course is April 10, 2014. All entrance tests/interview will be held from May 12 to 19, 2014. Entrance test for PhD courses is expected sometime in July-August 2014. “The quality of medical education provided at the university is at par with any other medical institution in Delhi. Everything that makes for a good institution faculty, infrastructure, teaching methods we have it here. A combination of both old and modern teaching methods is in place depending on the course. We get a lot of exposure to latest technology in the first year itself, unlike students of other institutes who have to do the full course to learn everything,” says Shauriya Mehra, an MBBS student.

Another student Mohd Ayub, who is pursuing bachelor’s of pharmacy from Jamia Hamdard, says, “The teachers are so cooperative and approachable that despite my Hindi medium background, I have been able to perform well consistently.” From this year onwards, applications to various programmes will be accepted online. For details, visit www.jamiahamdard.edu

At a glance

The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD/MPhil and diploma and certificate programmes

Jamia Hamdard was established as a small Unani clinic in the year 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, a ­well-known practitioners of the Unani System of Medicine

Library, computer centre, convention centre, Scholars’ House, Hah Centenary Hospital, hostel, sports facilities, canteen

The university doesn’t have a common placement centre. Each department and faculty has a placement officer. Some of the major recruiters include Tata Consultancy Services, HCL Technologies Ltd, NIIT Technologies, Max Newyork Life Insurance Co.Ltd, Escort Heart Institute & Research Centre


Bachelor of ­physiotherapy
BSc in optometry
BA (Hons) Islamic studies
Bachelor of business ­administration
Bachelor of computer application
MSc - nursing
PhD in management, health ­management, computer science
Certificate course of Unani ­dispenser
Diploma in general nursing and midwifery
MBA (health and hospital ­management)
MBA (pharmaceutical ­management)
MTech (bio-informatics)
MTech (computer science)
MSc (computer science)
MTech (information science and cyber forensics)
MA (Islamic studies)
MA , (human rights)
PhD (pharmacology and ­pharmacology with specialisation in pharmacy practice)
PhD (pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry)