Madinat al Hikmah


Past and Present

Hamdard University was established on October 9, 1991 by an act of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh. Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said, the founder-Chancellor of the University received its charter in a solemn ceremony by the hands of the President of the country Ghulam Ishaq Khan. For the university an area of about 178 acres was earmarked at Madinat al-Hikmah, a City of Education, Science and Culture, 30 km North to the commercial center of Karachi. Stretching over an area of 350 acres, Madinat al-Hikmah include in addition to the establishments of the university, Hamdard Garden, sport stadium, Hamdard Public School and college, operating as its earliest institutions, imparting education from primary to higher secondary level and Bait al-Hikmah Library. Institute of Education & Social Sciences (HIESS) and College of Eastern Medicine (HACEM) were among the earliest institutions, established after its inception. The other institutions that appeared in the later stages of its development include Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry (HCM&D), Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (HIMS), Hamdard Institute of Information Technology (HIIT), Faculty of Engineering Science & Technology, Usman Institute of Technology (UIT), Hafiz Mohammad Ilyas Institute of Pharmacology & Herbal Sciences, Hamdard School of Law (HSL), Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (HIPS), Bait al-Hikmah Institute of Research and Regional Cisco Networking Academy. In addition to this process of institutional multiplication, which is continuously going on, the growth of the university, in terms of the extension of its services to an increased public, has been regular. In 1996 the first city campus of the university was established at Adamjee Nagar. Later on two more city campuses, operating both weekend and evening programs were started in the localities of Clifton and Karsaz. The number of campuses increased with the establishment of Islamabad and Faisalabad campuses in 1998 and 2000 respectively. During the period, five, Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi based organizations, imparting professional education in different disciplines, also got affiliated to the university.

The history of the academic programs, offered during the period by the constituent institutions, presents a brilliant picture of regular growth and extension. The university, starting its journey with a couple of programs in 1992, is now offering almost 40 programs ranging from certificate courses to post graduate studies, in the disciplines of education, legal studies, eastern medicine, health sciences, pharmacy, and management, technological and information sciences.

The enrollment in these programs has also been on constant increase. This fact manifests itself in the number of degree-holders in the six consecutive convocations held till 2002. In these convocations 250, 260, 502, 692 , 810 and 1020 students received degrees respectively. The total number of students enrolled in the different programs of the university is about 10,000.

These ten years of Hamdard University are also the ten years of financial stability and continuous growth. Starting from a rather weak and dependent economic situation, the university has now established itself as a financially sound organization, continuously growing both in terms of resources and volume. The number of teaching and non-teaching employees working in the different institutes and departments of the university is an indicator in this regard. The number of employees has now crossed the figure of one thousand and is on further increase.

The development process of the university is thus progressing on all the various levels with quite an unparalleled rapidity. Newer branches in the form of faculties, campuses, institutes and departments being continuously sprouting and developing, the university has already acquired the position of a large-size organization and is likely to maintain its brilliant career in future.

The Constituent Institutions

• Hamdard Institute of Advanced Studies & Research (HIASR)
• Hamdard Institute of Education & Social Sciences
• Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences
• Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry
• Hamdard Al-Majeed College of Eastern Medicine
• Dr. HMI Institute of Pharmacology & Herbal Sciences
• Hamdard Institute Of Information Technology
• Hamdard School of Law
• Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Usman Institute of Technology
• CISCO Regional Networking Academy
• Graduate School of Engineering Sciences & IT
• Hamdard University Hospital ( Taj Medical Complex Ltd.)
• Hamdard University Dental Hospital
• Hamdard University Islamabad Campus
• Hamdard University Faisalabad Campus