The emergence of Hamdard University on the educational scene of Pakistan is a relatively recent phenomenon but the progress it has made is phenomenal. The University, however, does not want to rest on its achievements and therefore strives hard for further expansion in order to be at par with renowned universities.
The Main Campus of Hamdard University at Madinat al-Hikmah spreads over a plain with a picturesque landscape, located in the vicinity of Sindh Balochistan border 28 km from the commercial center of Karachi, on the main highway leading to Bund Murad Khan (Dam). The location of the campus is of great historical and geographical significance. It lies on the main highway, which connects it to the Hub Chowki on the road to Quetta. It is situated along the Hub River on the borders of Sindh and Balochistan provinces. The site, according to the renowned archaeologists, is the place where Muhammad Bin Qasim, who made Sindh the gateway to Islam in the subcontinent, landed on his way to Daibal.The Campus is also close to yet another historic site i.e. the shrine of Shah Noorani in the Lasbela district of Balochistan.
Access to the university has been further extended for the people of the South West and North through the Northern By-pass which connects the Super Highway to Hamdard University on one hand and with Balochistan on the other.
The green scenery, irrigated by the Hub River, flowing at a close distance, presents an ideal site suited to academics and research pursuits, away from the hectic life of the cosmopolitan city of Karachi. The gardens, farms, fields and avenues of the main campus offer a panorama where nature seems to manifest itself explicitly. Within its boundaries, beautiful buildings of various faculties and departments merge with the well planned landscape area of over 350 acres.
It is in the proximity of this natural landscape and historical site that Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said decided to establish Hamdard University here- now one of the biggest seat of higher learning in the Private Sector.
In addition to the main campus at Madinat al-Hikmah, the University has following campuses:
Three well-equipped teaching hospitals of the University for the training of the students of medical sciences are.
Hamdard University’s sphere of activity in education of science and technology is extended to Islamabad, where its campus offers programs in pharmaceutical sciences, management sciences and engineering.
Madinat al-Hikma-Main Campus:
The resources of the University are devoted to fulfill its mission, aimed at developing qualified, knowledgeable professionals and scholars, capable of creating new horizons on the glorious foundations of the oriental heritage of knowledge. The University provides an academic and conducive environment, which is based on the philosophy that the ultimate reality can be reached through pure reason and intellectual pursuits. It is an endeavor to enliven the academic tradition of educational institutions of the “Golden Era” of Muslim Civilization and therefore an attempt to achieve success and glories through assimilating the present day rising curve of knowledge.
Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said, the Founder-Chancellor of Hamdard University, received the Charter in 1991
in a solemn ceremony from the then President of Pakistan, Mr. Ghulam Ishaq Khan. An area of about 350 acres was earmarked for the main campus. The Madinat al-Hikmah (City of Education, Science & Culture) which encompasses, in addition to the establishments of the University, Herbal Gardens, Sports Stadium, Hamdard Public School, Hamdard College and Hamdard Village School, operating as its earliest institutions, and imparting education from primary to tertiary levels.
The Hamdard Institute of Education & Social Sciences (HIESS) and Hamdard Al-Majeed College of Eastern Medicine (HACEM) were among the earliest institutions established at the inception of the University. The other institutions that appeared in the later stages include Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry (HCM&D), Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences (HIMS), Hamdard Institute of Information Technology (HIET), Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ilyas Institute of Pharmacology & Herbal Sciences (HMIIPHS), Hamdard School of Law (HSL), Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (HIPS), Hamdard Research Institute of Unani Medicine (HRIUM), and Environmental Studies Center. 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 public, has been regular. In 1996, the first city campus of the University was established at Adamjee Nagar. Afterwards another campus at PECHS follower. The city campuses offer day and evening programs in addition to the weekend programs.
The history of the academic programs, offered during the period by the constituent institutions, presents a remarkable picture of regular growth and extension. The University, starting its journey with a couple of programs
in 1992, is now offering almost 69 programs ranging from certificate courses to doctoral level studies, in the disciplines of education and social sciences, legal studies, eastern medicine, health sciences, pharmacy, management, engineering and technology. The University ensures that the faculty and staff members are employed on the principle of merit to give the University a cutting edge in human resource development and mobilization.