Muslim students should cast off ”discriminated against” mindset, says: Jamia Hamdard VC Dr Hasnain

Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard University Prof (Dr) Syed Ehtesham Hasnain


By Naz Asghar

March 11, 2019

New Delhi: Around 20 crore Muslims in India have no other way than education to rise up the ladder of development, and the first thing that students of the country’s largest minority should do is to shed off the mind-set that they are discriminated against, says eminent scientist Prof Dr Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard university, which is the only minority  institution to be ranked among top ten universities of the country within just 30 years of its existence.

”I believe excellence never goes unrewarded. Muslim students should work hard to excel, to get recognition. As for discrimination, it would be wrong to say that it does not exist in the society but this is not exclusive to Muslims. And then,  there is some kind of class, caste discrimination within different communities themselves,” Dr Hasnain said talking to India News Stream.

The country cannot progress unless over 14 pc of its people do not progress economically, so promotion of education among Muslims is a must for their advancement, and advancement of the country as a whole, the Jamia Hamdard Vice Chancellor, who is also Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, said.

Dr Hasnain, who has earned several prestigious national and international awards, including Padmshri, Shanti Swaraup Bhatnagar Award, GS Bira Award a and Germany’s highest civilan award Das Verdienstcreuz, besides being the only India to have earned very exclusive Robert Koch fellowship, said he had never felt in any hindrance in any anyone of his educational and professional endeavours because of his religious belief.

He said he took over the vice chancellorship of Jamia Hamdard two and a half years ago and tried his best to build further on the work done by his predecessors, and their emphasis has been on professional courses and that’s why 95 per cent of the courses offered by the university fell in that category.

”Our university has today earned name in science research. We are the only private university whose publications are widely cited, with the rate of 15 times per paper per year, which is second only to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and we are the only private university that asked for accreditation with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to raise the ranking of the degrees awarded by the institution,” he said.

”We are getting grants of the Department of Science and Technology,” he added.

The university has been raked among the top 5 highest ranking private university, and is the only minority institution to be among the top 10 universities, whether government or private.

”Being in the top 10 means that the government has freed us from going to the UGC for approval of every programme. While the Government would be giving Rs 1000 crore to its universities which fall under this category, it would not give us money( we being a private university)  but had given us freedom to pursue whatever programme we decide, he said

He also pointed out that Jamia Hamdard medical college was the 11th highest raking one in the country and its nursing programme was the best.

The emphasis is on improving the quality of education and that was the reason that the university admits students to its professional courses only through common national examination like JEE, NEET, GMAT.

Last year, the university started the five year law course with the Bar Council approval of 120 seats, and this year admission to the course would be done through Common Law Entrance Test, and this year the university is starting a course in hotel management too, he said.

Besides five-year integrated MSc course in bio-technology, Jamia Hamdard is today offering degrees in toxicology, food technology, basic engineering, management, and pharmacy. Its college of Unani medicine has made its own mark in the field.

Jamia Hamdard had its origin in the the establishment of a small Unani clinic in 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 son Hakeem Abdul Hameed worked hard to carry forward the work started by his father and after Independence, on 28th August, 1948, Hamdard, a commercial enterprise at that time, was converted into a Wakf, for promoting health and education, and it was in 1964,t hat Hamdard National Foundation was created to fund activities in the areas of education, medical relief and the advancement of knowledge through the profits earned by Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories.

Earlier 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.

This was followed by setting up of 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.

And in 1963 came the Hamdard Tibbi College, which was first set up in Gali Qasim Jaan, Old Delhi, but was later shifted to Jamia Hamdard Campus in 1980, and 1072 saw the coming up of Hamdard College of Pharmacy was set up with the objective of providing education and training in all branches of pharmacy.

It was on 10th May, 1989 that Jamia Hamdard was given the status of Deemed to be University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on 10th May, 1989, and the university was finally inaugurated on August 01, 1989.

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