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 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 Campustoday 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.