Dr. Rafiq Zakaria was a renowned educationist, politician, scholar, and author of international repute. He is also known as the Architect of modern Aurangabad. Among his varied notable achievements, three were areas where pioneering strides were made. His untiring efforts brought water to the city of Aurangabad through the Jayakwadi Dam Project in Paithan. He established CIDCO in the State, developing new Township and Industrial areas nest to large cities. That is how New Aurangabad came into existence.
Thus his grand vision for Aurangabad began to come true, for soon thereafter, it was recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in the state with highest industrial growth potential
Dr. Rafiq Zakaria passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2005. He was laid to rest in a pristine white Tomb of the Exalted (Mazar) an ode in marble a few paces inside the Gate (Path) of knowledge “Baab-Ul-Ilm” which is the main entrance to the Campus. Dr. Rafiq Zakaria Campus today stands testimony to the enduring efforts of our visionary mentor. The ever prevalent aura of the presence of the founder inspires every person associated with the campus to achieve results, both efficiently and effectively in every field of activity.
Dr. Rafiq Zakaria’s contribution to education has been immense and invaluable. He founded Schools, Colleges and Institutes in Aurangabad (and in Bombay as well) in fields where these were most needed. He established a women’s college in the heart of the city, for girls who could otherwise not have been able to go beyond school education. Today over 2000 girls study and graduate the Arts and the Science from our campus II to take challenging careers so as to take their rightful place in society.
The great crusader of secularism and modern reform also ensured that his institutions remained free of communal bias. Dr. Rafiq Zakaria remained Chancellor of the Jamia Urdu, Aligarh for over 25 years.