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Aurangabad Icons : Dr Rafiq Zakaria Father of New Aurangabad Project

Dr. Zakaria, a Kokani Muslim, spent over 25 years in public service, including some time as a cabinet minister in state government of Maharashtra and later as a Member of the Indian parliament. He served as deputy to Indira Gandhi, the leader of the Congress Party, in the Lok Sabha. Zakaria represented India abroad, including at the United Nations in 1965, 1990 and 1996. Zakaria founded a number of schools and colleges in his constituency of Aurangabad. These included a women's college of arts and sciences and the Indian Institute of Hotel Management, which is now known as the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad (IHM-A). The Maulana Azad Education Trust Aurangabad is a mini university in itself. He was Chancellor of the Jamia Urdu, Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), and President of Maharashtra College in Mumbai.

There has always been a demand from locals for naming the Aurangabad airport after Dr Rafiq Zakaria. (Father of New Aurangabad Project). But Govt. of Maharashtra is yet to take a call on the issue. Dr. Rafiq Zakaria was a scholar & was closely associated with India's freedom movement, who spent over 25 years of his life in public service. Dr. Zakaria was MLA from Aurangabad city and Minister for Urban Development in Govt. of Maharashtra. Later he also became a Member of Parliament. He had represented India in many countries and also at the United Nations in 1965, 1990 and 1996. Dr. Zakaria had won the Chancellor's Gold Medal in the MA examination of Bombay University and received a Ph.D. from the University of London. He was called to the bar from Lincoln's Inn in England and practised law in Mumbai, where he was appointed Chief Public Prosecutor.

He was instrumental in development of New Aurangabad (CIDCO) as an Urban Development Minister which led to the planned development of the city and it’s Industrialization. He was associated with many educational institutions in India & started  Maulana Azad Educational Trust in Aurangabad. He was father of Fareed Zakaria (Editor of Newsweek Magazine USA) & Arshad Zakaria.( New Vernon Capital LLC, USA).

Dr. Zakaria contested the first election of the newly created Maharashtra state in 1962, from Aurangabad, and was elected to Maharashtra assembly. He was made Minister for Urban Development in the new ministry. It was under his guidance that planning for New Aurangabad was initiated. The responsibility for the new city was given to CIDCO which started development in the 1970s.

Links to various institutions under Maulana Azad Educational Trust Aurangabad:
Links to website of Cidco:

source : wikipedia

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