Marathwada College of Education was established in 1970. It is located in the historical city of Aurangabad. It was established under the auspices of the Late Dr. Rafiq Zakaria, renowned scholar, a politician of great integrity, an educationist of great foresight and an eminent author of international repute. The College bears testimony to Dr. Rafiq Zakaria’s foresight and vision in recognizing the need for a college of education that would focus on training teachers of Urdu, Marathi, and English and imbibe in them the spirit of secularism and national integration.
The realms of learning and teaching were darkened with his sad demise in 2005 but his better-half Padmashri Madam Fatma Rafiq Zakaria emerged as a new light with new dreams and desires, with new vigor to accomplish the task. In fact, she has always walked in his footsteps, spoken his words and dreamt his dreams. She provided the college with revitalizing inspiration and encouraging guidance. Absolutely open and accommodative in her approach to education, she has always done her best to technologically and educationally modernize the institute in her supervision. Today our Institute is most competent equipped with highly sophisticated means and methodologies. Madam Fatma Zakaria has left no stone unturned in the field of pedagogy and discipline of knowledge. According to her “Knowledge alone can redeem our nation and reach it to the height of secularism”.
The college is in the beautiful premises of Dr. Rafiq Zakaria Campus – I, housed in the magnificent building with excellent infrastructural facilities and well-equipped laboratories, ideal for imparting quality teacher education.
The College is highly acknowledged and is considered to be among the best institutes of its kind in the state today with its track record of high attainments in academics. Adding to its lure is the “A+” accreditation which has been given by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council, Bangalore (NAAC) in 2004.
Marathwada College of Education is credited as the only college in Maharashtra with an intake capacity of 350 students at B.Ed. level and 100 students at M.Ed. level. The medium of instruction at B.Ed. is Urdu, English and Marathi while the practice teaching is done in Urdu, Marathi, Hindi and English languages. This is the only Urdu medium college to get cent percent grant and caters to the education of weaker sections of society. The college is included in the category of 2(f) and 12(b) of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The college has obtained the religious minority status. The college is also the study center for IGNOU and the courses activated are B.Ed., M.A.(Edn), M.Ed., M.A. (Adult Education), and PGDSLM, YCMOU Study Center for M.A.(Edn). The college is also upgraded as College of Teacher Education (CTE) catering to the in-service training of Urdu Medium school teachers throughout Maharashtra and 4 districts namely Jalna, Beed, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad for Marathi and English medium teachers.
Spread on Maulana Azad Educational Trust’s sprawling Dr. Rafiq Zakaria Campus at Aurangabad, the College provides training for the degree of Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) on the most modern lines. As the Ex. Prime Minister of India, Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi said following her visit here, “The campus seems to be a fine example of what can be done in engrafting on the old, the requirements of the present.”