LATE DR. RAFIQ ZAKARIA
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, there 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 mazaar, an ode in memorable 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.