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Ali Mohammad Jan, better known as Dr. Ali Jan or sometimes simply referred as Ali Jan, or Prof. Ali Jan, also called as The Luqman Of Kashmir,[1] was a well known noted and excelled physician of Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir. He was known for his exceptional skills in medical diagnosis all over India and is regarded as one of the best physician, the valley has ever known.[2]

Early Life

Born at Gojwara, Srinagar on 3rd December 1914, of late Ghulam Rasool Fazili, Dr Jan resided in Doctor’s lane, Magarmal Bagh, Srinagar.


Dr. Ali Jan secured his MBBS honours from King Edward Medical College, Lahore in 1937 at the age of 23 years. In 1950-51, he passed DCH and MRCP (Edinburgh) in a minimum period of 9 months at first attempt.[3]

Medical Career

Dr. Ali Jan started as a Medical officer, in charge eradication of venereal diseases in the hilly areas of Jammu Province. During the years 1938-39, when transport was a rarity, Dr Jan travelled from village to village in Doda and Udampur areas on foot and pony. He also worked as a District Medical Officer in Baramulla, Anantnag and Gulmarg. Later he rose to the position of Physician specialist and Pediatrician SMHS Hospital. He would often be seen engrossed in study in his SMHS hospital chambers. He also worked as Tuberculosis Officer and Superintendent Chest Diseases Hospital, Srinagar. He had a major contribution in shaping medical education in Kashmir and giving a scientific approach to Medicine in Kashmir Medical College. He rendered free medical advice and treatment through community service programmes in remote villages through Rotary Club of Kashmir. He was the founder and the President of the Rotary club and Tuberculosis Association of Kashmir. He was also a member of Kashmir University Central Council, and was helping the cause of the students community especially of far flung areas. Dr Ali Jan was the Vice Chairman of the governing body of the Medical Institute Soura, Srinagar. He was the chairman of the faculty, member of the apical selection committee, member of finance, purchase and other committees of the institute. He was also the member of the Health & Family Planning Advisory Committee of J&K state. He was also the fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences India in 1980. He had many awards and gold medals to his credit. He was also awarded Padma Shri in 1975, by the then President of India for his meritorious services in Medical and Health Education.[4] He got immense recognition and awards, some of them are:

1) Nelson Raghbir Singh Gold Medal for being the most distinguished graduate of King Edward Medical College in 1937. 2) Dr Rahim Khan Gold Medal for standing first in Surgery. 3) Neil Memorial Silver Medal for standing first in Midwifery and Gynecology. 4) Honours in Pathology. 5) Honours in Forensic Medicine[5]

Personal Life

Dr. Ali Jan was interested in poetry- Kashmiri, English as well as other languages. He had a great sense of aesthetics, enjoyed classical Indian and Kashmiri music, qawallis, ghazals and also western music especially Beethoven, Mozart and Schakowsky. He was very fond of fishing especially trout and he would venture to far flung areas to enjoy his weekends. He was also fond of duck shooting and would visit hilly areas to enjoy it. On weekends he would retreat to Pehalgam to his personal hut and indulge in trout fishing. Dr Jan was also a member of Golf Club, Nagin Club and the President of Srinagar Club.[6]There are also certain monuments and roads in Srinagar that are named after him.[7]


He passed away on 31st October, 1988 suffering from cancer of Pancreas.[8]



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