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History

History

This Institution was started by  Hakim Abdul Majeed Khan in 1883 in Gali Qasim Jan, in the old part of the city  and was named as Madarasa e Tibbia. It was formally inaugurated on 23rd, July,  1889 by Mr. R. Clark, the then Deputy Commissioner of Delhi. Study of Modern  Medicine and Science was a part of Syllabus. After his death, his younger  brother Hakim Wasil Khan took over the institution in 1903. In 1911 youngest of  the brothers Hakim Ajmal Khan got the reins of the college. He established  Hindustani Dawakhana as a trust in 1911 with Vaid Munshi Man Singh as its first  trustee. He took special interest in the development of Indian Systems of Medicine.  British Viceroy Lord Harding had intended to ban all indigenous systems of  Medicines in favour of the Allopathy. Hakim Ajmal Khan, a great nationalist and  freedom fighter rose to oppose this and established Vedic and Tibbi Conference  in Delhi in 1910 to unite all practitioners of indigenous systems. Eventually  the ban was lifted in 1916.Hakim Sahib had decided to establish a world class  institution of Ayurveda and Unani in Delhi. He travelled to various European  Countries including England to learn about a modern medical college. He shifted  Madarasa e Tibbia at the present site in Karol Bagh, New Delhi on a 33.33 Acre  plot of Land purchased by him for this purpose. It was renamed as Ayurvedic  & Unani Tibbi College which later came to be known as Tibbia (Medical) College.  The same Lord Harding laid the foundation stone of the college on 29th March,  1916. The college was inaugurated on 13th February, 1921 by the Father of the  Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It was run by a managing board established as a trust  by Hakim Ajmal Khan. After independence, this college and allied units were  managed by a Board established under Tibbia College Act, 1952. This Act has now  been replaced by a new Act known as Delhi Tibbia College (Take Over) Act,  1998.Under this Act the College was taken over by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi  w.e.f. 1st May, 1998. The college is affiliated to the University of Delhi  since 1973 and is under the faculty of Ayurvedic & Unani Medicine.

Our Founder :

  Hakim Ajmal Khan’s (I868-1927)  ancestors, a distinguished line of physicians, had come to India during the  reign of Babar, the founder of the Mughal Empire in India. All members of the  family of Hakim Ajmal Khan were Unani doctors. The family had been practicing  this ancient form of medicine from the time of the Mughal rulers.
 Hakim Ajmal Khan was born  on 12th February, 1868.His father Ghulam Mahmud Khan was a renowned Unani  Physician of his times. He learnt Quran by heart and studied traditional  Islamic knowledge including Arabic and Persian in his childhood, before turning  his energy to the study of medicine under the wise guidance of his senior  relatives, all of whom were well-known physicians. His grandfather Hakim Sharif  Khan had setup his clinic at his residence Sharif Manzil, Ballimaran, in old  Delhi which was later handed over to Hakim Ajmal Khan. Once qualified, Hakim  Ajmal Khan was appointed chief physician to the Nawab of Rampur. No praise is  too high for Hakim Sahib, hailed as "Massiha-e-Hind" (Messiah of  India) and "a king without a crown". He could affect miraculous  cures, and is said to have possessed "magical" medicine chest, the  secrets of which were known to him alone. Such was his medical acumen that it  is said that he could diagnose any illness by just looking at a person’s face. Hakim  Ajmal Khan charged Rs.1000 for a visit. That was his daily fee if he went out  of town, but if the patient came to Delhi he was treated free, even if he was a  Maharaja.
 Hakim Ajmal Khan took much  interest in the expansion and development of the Indian systems of Ayurveda  & Unani medicine. Hakim Ajmal Khan built great institutions – the Jamia  Millia Islamia College (Now a University), Hindustani Dawakhana & Ayurvedic  Rasayanshala, the Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College, in Delhi, a research  center in herbal medicines and a publication division by the name Dafter ul  Masih in Tibbia College Campus in order to expand the research and practice  hence saved Indian Systems of Medicine from extinction in India. He also  established females only Madarasa e Tibbia zanana in Gali Qasim Jan, Delhi  which was inaugurated on 13th January 1909 by Lady Dane, the wife of then  Governor of Punjab. His untiring efforts in the field of Indian medicine  infused a new force and life into an otherwise decaying Indian medical system  under the British regime. He established Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbi Conference  in 1910 to unite all Vedas and Hakims of his time against the British rule and  their efforts to ban all indigenous Systems of Medicines.
 The life history of Hakim  Ajmal Khan changed its course from medicine towards politics after he started  writing for an Urdu weekly 'Akmal-ul-Akhbar' that was launched by his family in  1886. It was Hakim Ajmal Khan who introduced Mahatma Gandhi to the leaders of  Indian National Congress on his return from South Africa. He was one of the  founding members of Muslim League but later left it. At a time when many Muslim  leaders were arrested, Gandhiji united with him and other Muslim leaders like  Maulana Azad, Maulana Mohammad Ali and Maulana Shaukat Ali in the famous  Khilafat movement. Hakim Ajmal Khan is also the sole person who has had the  honor to be elected the President of the Indian National Congress (1921), the  Muslim League (1919) and the All India Khilafat Committee (1920) as also the  Hindu Maha Sabha .He was also the founder and first Chancellor of Jamia Millia  Islamia, Delhi from 1920 till his death. In fact he sustained Jamia from his  own finances and he also established Maktaba Jamia to provide for Jamia.
 Hakim Ajmal Khan’s whole  life was a portrayal of altruistic service and sacrifice. He was also a poet of  Urdu and Persian and wrote under the pen name –Shaida. His book of poetry  Diwan- e- Shaida contains very subtle verses and shows a very humane persona.  His other book, on Unani treatment-Haziq is a must read for every aspiring  Unani Physician. He has also written 12 Treatise on Unani Medicine. In 1920  Hakim Ajmal Khan had renounced his government title, - Haziq ul Mulk (Healer of  the Nation) which was given to him in 1908 and Qaiser e Hind given in 1915 by  the British Government. His Indian fans awarded him the title - Masih-Ul-Mulk  (Messiah of the Nation). Hakim Ajmal Khan died on December 29, 1927 while  visiting Rampur.

Hakim Mohammed Ajmal Khan proved  to be the most outstanding and multifaceted personality of his era. His  contribution to the cause of India’s freedom, National integration and communal  harmony is matchless. He was a sound and far sighted statesman and an  educationist of highest caliber. Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College & Hospital,  in Delhi is a living and thriving memory of this great man.


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