Maulana Azad College of Arts and Science was founded in 1963 by Rafiq Zakaria, who formed a trust called Maulana Azad Education Society to manage the affairs. The college building is the Naukhanda palace, a royal palace of the Nizams, once occupied by Nizam Ali Khan, Asaf Jah II.History
In the 17th century Peer Ismail Shah a Sufi and tutor of the Mughal prince Aurangazeb laid the foundation stone of a Madarassa at Rauza Bagh Aurangabad where children of noble lineage were to be taught Arabic and Persian. The Madarassa, which later became the mausoleum of its founder fell into the hands of British and was ruined. The mansion, which is a fine blend of Mughal style architecture interlaid with Pathan features, was deteriorating. It caught the eye of Rafiq Zakaria the scholar-politician, who was making rounds of the Aurangabad constituency during the 1962 Assembly Elections. He set about the task of restoring the Madrassa.Moved by the extreme poverty and backwardness of the peo
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