New Delhi, December 8, 2014:
Jamia Hamdard University has appointed Dr. Habil Khorakiwala as its new Chancellor. Dr. Habil Khorakiwala will occupy the esteemed position for a period of 5 years beginning December 2014. Dr. Habil Khorakiwala is the Chairman of Wockhardt Group, India's leading healthcare conglomerate with presence across Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, and Super Speciality Hospitals.
Talking on the appointment, Dr. Habil Khorakiwala, said, "I intend to create a vision for the Jamia Hamdard University - to be at the forefront of imparting right education and knowledge in the 21st century."
Now a deemed University, the history of Jamia Hamdard goes way back with the establishment of a small Unani clinic in the year 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, one of the well-known practitioners of Unani System of
Medicine of his time. It 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 objects of the wakf
, a property dedicated to the society. The foundation stone of Jamia Hamdard was laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962 and Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated the University in May 1989. Over the last ten years, Jamia Hamdard has
emerged as an outstanding institution of higher learning with distinct and focused academic programmes. Besides having a medical college and health care facility, it also has Graduate programmes in Information Technology and
Computer Applications and Post-graduate programmes in Information Technology, Computer Applications, Business Management, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy have been started. Undergraduate programmes in Physiotherapy and
Occupational Therapy are being introduced from this year. Jamia Hamdard offers Post-Graduate and Doctoral programmes in several disciplines for which advanced facilities are available.
Every year, around 6000 bright minds
pass from the various streams of the University. Of which, around 1500 are doctorate students. The male to female student ratio stands 40:60; the university also houses around 450 international students from 34 developing and
developed countries of Asia and Africa. The University has seven hostels for boys and girls offering hostel facilities to its students. The University also has a fully equipped hospital, equipped with all modern diagnostic
equipments, for providing medical facilities, to its students, employees and outsiders.
Dr. G. N. Qazi, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University, said, "We are indeed happy that Dr. Habil Khorakiwala has accepted to be
the Chancellor of our University. With his established leadership and interest in science and technology, the University would benefit from his direction and guidance."
Dr. Habil Khorakiwala, an alumnus of Purdue
University and Harvard Business School, he was honoured and bestowed by the Purdue University, their prestigious title of 'Distinguished Alumnus' for significant contribution to the Profession of Pharmacy.
In March 2010
Purdue University further honoured him with their highest award they offer, the Honorary Doctorate for distinguished service to the University and great achievements in career and life. He is the only non-American in the 125
year history of the University to be awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Pharmacy School. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Shiromani Vikas Award for his 'Outstanding and Inspiring Contribution towards National Development'
received at the hands of Mother Teresa (1992). He has also served as the President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) and IPA (Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance), and has sat on the board of several
prestigious advisory boards for the Government of India.
Dr. Habil Khorakiwala has also served as the Honorary Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai.