Jamia Hamdard Award to Senior NOR S.K.Wadhavan


Rare honour for Kuwait NRI; conferred with prestigious award by Jamia Hamdard University

Prominent and senior NRI from Kuwait S K Wadhawan has been conferred with the prestigious “3rd Abdul Mueed Leadership Excellence Oration Award” instituted by the renowned Jamia Hamdard University in New Delhi in recognition of his multifaceted contribution to the society and achievement in life.

Mr Wadhawan is the third recipient of this prestigious award, the earlier being Prof A V Rama Rao, Chairman AVRA Labs Hyderabad and Dr Nasir Munjee Chairman, National Committee of Aga Khan Foundation.  He is the first NRI to receive the coveted award

The award which includes a citation, a plaque, a robe of honour as well as an honorarium was given by Jamia Hamdard Vice Chancellor and India’s well known scientist Prof (Dr) Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain amidst the presence of leading academic elites and leading personalities of Delhi


While accepting the award, Mr Wadhawan told a packed audience it was a rare honour for him to receive the prestigious award and he accepted it with all his humility.   “ That a great academician and such an eminent scientists of Indian life Prof Hasnain bestowing him the honour has made me so humbled today.  I thank Dr Hasnain for his gesture”

Speaking on “My journey from nowhere to somewhere” Mr Wadhawan recalled his journey that began from a small village in undivided India to becoming a refugee and then his journey to Kuwait in late 50’s,  “ I had no money, not a  great educational background as the school I studied in Delhi was in a tent”

Paying glowing tributes to Kuwait leadership and its people, Wadhawan  told the audience that whatever he could achieve in life was due to opportunity that Kuwait gave me. “ If I could achieve what I dreamt in life was due to Kuwait which was my karma bhoomi ( place of work) and its loving people who helped, cared and motivated me”


Stating emphatically fortune does not only favour the brave, Wadhawan told the large student community  who had assembled to hear him it was your honesty, determination and hard work that ultimately guides your destiny.  “ When I set up  my business enterprise in Kuwait, I had very little capital but my  goal was in front of me and determination full to the brim.”  He narrated the growth story of his business venture

Wadhawan said that he hopes that Jamia Hamdard would play a crucial role in the academic exchanges between the two countries and would usher a new eraof cooperation. 

In his address Vice Chancellor Prof Hasnain said it was a great honour for him to welcome Mr Wadhawan whose success story is not only amazing but inspirational. 

 “People like Mr Wadhawan sets up benchmark for our future generation to seek inspiration and emulate their achievement”

“ I fully agree with Mr Wadhawan that luck does not always favours the brave but it guides people who have a Mindset and a spirit to achieve.  It is the visionary leadership that gives birth to Jamia University or the business empire that Mr Wadhawan controls ”

Prof Hasnain said he hopes to work in close association with Mr Wadhawan in future.


Jamia Hamdard, a deemed to be University, was founded by Late Hakim AbdulHameed Saheb, a well-known Unani Physician and Philanthropist of his time, who used all the profits made by the Hamdard Dawakhana to fund Hamdard National Foundation, which is the principal sponsor of Jamia Hamdard. Today Jamia Hamdard comprises of a Medical School (Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research) and 750-bedded hospital with state of art diagnostic labs, a well-known Unani Medical School and Hospital, a School of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, a School of Nursing Sciences & Allied Health, School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, School of Chemical and Life Sciences, School of Management and Business Studies, School of Open and Distance Learning, School of Law, and many others.  You will be very happy to know that Jamia Hamdard continues to be among the top Universities in the country in the area of Pharmaceutical Sciences as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Surveys 2017, 2018 and 2019 conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Jamia Hamdard has also been ranked amongst the top 20 universities in India as per the NIRF Survey 2019. For three consecutive cycles, Jamia Hamdard has received ‘A’ grade as per NAAC accreditation. 

Jamia Hamdard has been recommended in December 2018 for the Award of ‘Institution of Eminence’, as the top 5 Private University of India, by the High Powered Empowered Committee appointed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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