The founder of Jamia Hamdard was a multi-dimensional personality, a dreamer, a visionary and more than anything else, a philanthropist, who always had public service as his driving force. Even during the traumatic events of partition of the country, he had a dream of setting up a complex of educational institutions, which would revive interest in India's enormous contribution to the world of medicine and science. The first institution in the Tughlaqabad campus was Institute of History of Medicine and Medical Research (IHMMR), whose foundation stone was laid on November 15, 1962 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India. Pandit Nehru, in his speech had said that this unique institution for research on history of medicine would provide a new insight into India's unique contribution to the development of Unani-tibb in the subcontinent. Hakeem Abdul Hameeed had realized that Unani-tibb is a unique heritage of interaction between Indian and Central Asian knowledge streams and it was only in India that tibb had flourished under the patronage of great Mughals. He continued the mission of Hakeem Ajmal Khan in providing new dimensions to Unani-tibb by way of research on different aspects of its healing potential. The institutions set up by him over a period between 1962 and 1989 were later amalgamated into Jamia Hamdard which was granted the status of a 'Deemed University' by the ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Jamia Hamdard has made rapid strides in the field of higher education by providing quality education at affordable cost, and has evolved as an institution of excellence which lays emphasis on research in emerging areas of herbal, pharmaceutical and biological sciences. It has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as an 'A' grade University, the only one in Delhi, so far. With the humble, the University now consists of Nine faculties, namely, HIMSR, Pharmacy, Science, Medicine (Unani), Management, Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, Nursing and Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technology
Hakeem Abdul Hameed aimed at all-round growth and happiness to the society by providing opportunities for education and development of services and health care. It was his pioneering spirit that has always inspired Jamia Hamdard to successfully undertake multi dimensional projects in the service of society and nation at large.
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 object of the wakf. Over the past two decades Jamia Hamdard has emerged as outstanding institution of higher learning with distinct and focused academic programs. The university offers a number of postgraduate and doctoral programs in several disciplines in realm of life sciences and health sciences.
Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research (HIMSR) at Hamdard Nagar in New Delhi is an ambitious project of Jamia Hamdard aimed at furthering its scope in the life sciences and health domains and providing quality healthcare at an affordable cost.
HIMSR has been established as an institution of national importance with the objects to develop patterns of teaching in Undergraduate and Post-graduate Medical Education in all its branches so as to demonstrate a high standard of Medical Education in India; to bring together in one place educational facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all important branches of health activity; and to attain self-sufficiency in Post-graduate Medical Education
In the first phase, the institute is supported by two teaching hospitals, namely, the 606 Bedded Hakeem Abdul Hameed Centenary Hospital and 240 Bedded Sayeeda Memorial Hospital. These are currently being upgraded in conformity to Medical Council of India guidelines. In addition a 200 Bedded Hamdard Specialty Hospital is planned, deploying state of the art in medical technology to deliver tertiary level medical care while at the same time affording the best in infrastructure at HIMSR for advanced learning and research in medicine.
Deemed as a Self Financing, Unaided Private Institute HIMSR is affiliated to Jamia Hamdard and is designed to become a parallel private healthcare system in New Delhi.
Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research is the great leap forward in line with the vision of the founders of Jamia Hamdard and in fulfilling the dream of Hakeem Abdul Hameed to create an institute for suffering humanity. It shall establish the philosophy of Hamdard "Compassion, Concern, Care and sharing in pain."