Curriculum Vitae of
Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar
Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar
Dr. A. R. Zafar




Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was the youngest son of Mohammadi Begum and Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader of Kholapur. He was born on 26th July 1926 (or earlier) in Kholapur (a village, Pin Code: 444802, in Amraoti District, Maharashtra, Map to Kholapur). His father died in 1943 when A. R. Zafar was just a teenager. With a rich family heritage, he completed high school and then migrated to Hyderabad in 1947, to pursue higher education at Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad. He spent rest of his life in Hyderabad.

Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was one of the senior most limnologists of India. He has been working on various aspects of freshwaters around Hyderabad since 1952 and has traveled all over India and Europe to get himself acquainted with the lakes of various climatic regions. Most of his academic career and education, commencing with his Bachelor of Science, was cultivated at Osmania University (OU, Logo). Dr. Zafar did PhD in 1955. The PhD of Dr. Adul Rafeeq Zafar was under the supervision of renowned Phycologist & Ecologist, Professor Mahendar Raj Suxena (Picture). He was the first person from the progeny of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (died, 1897, 1315 Hijri, Picture) of Kholapur not only to do PhD, but the first one to go to College. He joined the Department of Botany as lecturer in 1957. Dr. Zafar held many distinguished Fellowships: Research Fellow (Government of India, 1952-54); National Research Fellow (Government of India, 1955-58); UNESCO Fellow (UNESCO, Logo, 1961); and Sponsored Fellow (University Grants Commission, Logo, 1966).

Prof. A.R. Zafar has held several responsible positions, viz., Chairman, Board of Studies and Head, Department of Botany, Osmania University (1983-87); Member, Andhra Pradesh Water Pollution Control Board (APPCB, Logo, 1978-81); Visiting Professors, University of Kashmir, (Logo), Srinagar (1986-87); and Member, Advisory Committee on Environmental Planning and Coordination, Government of India Dr. Zafar became the Head of the Department of Botany in 1983. Dr. Zafar superannuated as the Head of the Department of Botany, in 1986 after a long and distinguished teaching and research career. Even after his retirement he actively participated in various educational committees in India and abroad. These include, Mumtaz Degree & P.G College (Logo), Hyderabad; Asafia High School, Hyderabad; Centre of Post-Graduate Studies and Research, Anwarul Uloom College, (Logo), Hyderabad.

Professor Zafar gave numerous Radio Talks on a range of topics including: Education; Science Popularization; Environment; and the Lakes of Hyderabad. These were broadcast by the All India Radio (AIR, Logo).

Dr. Zafar was a staunch promoter of the Ecosystem Approach and hence strongly supported the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, (AEHMS, Logo) and its global activities and publications. He was an active member of the Editorial Board of its Journal: Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, as well as the Ecovision World Monograph Series.

He had travelled abroad attending international conferences in the UK, France and Switzerland. He also served as a member of several committees as advisors such as: the Advisory Committee on Environmental Planning and Coordination, Government of India; Research Guide for Limnology and General Ecology, Osmania University, since 1964; Vice-President, Indian Botanical Society (IBS, Logo) in 1986; Andhra Pradesh Water Pollution Control Board (APPCB, Logo, 1978-81); and Convener of the WHO Workshop on Bio-indicators of Pollution. His research career left behind a legacy which will last for a long time in the field of Indian ecology and limnology. His outstanding work on the Projects will never be forgotten:

Dr. Zafar was an excellent teacher and extremely devoted researcher. He supervised and advised several PhD students of hydrobiology.

He published several papers (see some selected samples below) in international journals, including a contribution to the Encyclopaedia of Lakes, Published by UNESCO. He also edited an important manual entitled The biological indices and indicators of water pollution, sponsored by the Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, (Logo). Dr. Zafar recently edited a book (Zafar et al., 2005) which provides the first comprehensive account of limnology in the Indian subcontinent and covers a variety of aquatic environments. It will be invaluable for students, researchers and managers.

Dr. Zafar was not only a great professor and ecologist but also a great philanthropist and a fine citizen concerned with the welfare of society. His contributions will last for a long time to come in the annals of Indian limnology and he will always be remembered and missed by a great many people.

Throughout his stay in Hyderabad, Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was an enthusiastic participant of the Circles for the Study of the Quran (Halqua Mutalai Quran). These Study Circles, which boasted many eminent members, are still functioning. They drew scholars from Department of Arabic, Department of History and the Department of Islamic Studies, of Osmania University (OU, Logo), among other institutions. Thus Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar, was able to interact one-to-one with renowned Islamic Scholars including: Manazir Ahsan Gilani, Abu Nasr Muhammad Khalidi, among many others. The contemporary scholars include, Shahid Ali Abbasi (Picture) who is the Rector of the Centre for Islamic Education (Logo), Hyderabad. Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar served as the Secretary of the Halqua Mutalai Quran, for about two decades.

Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar (Picture-1 and Picture-2) had cancer with metastasis (including: liver, portal vain, gall-bladder and lungs). He died at 6:53 on the morning of Sunday the 17 July 2011 (14 Shabaan 1432) at his residence in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. When he breathed his last, his wife, niece Bushra Khan, nephew, Sameen Ahmed Khan (Picture) and his wife, Noama Khan (Picture) were present by his side. The Salaat-ut-Janaza (Funeral Prayers) took place after Maghrib, at Masjid Rahmat-e-Alam, Road No. 11, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The Salaat-ut-Janaza was conducted by Professor Shahid Ali Abbasi (Picture), who is Professor in the Department of Islamic Studies, University College of Arts & Social Sciences, Osmania University (OU, Logo). Professor Shahid Ali Abbasi is also the Rector of the Centre for Islamic Education (Logo), Hyderabad. Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was laid to rest on the same evening in the Qabrastan/Makbara (Graveyard) attached to the Masjid Hazrat-e-Bilal, Habshiguda, Hyderabad, (see the Map). Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar's eldest sister, Khurshid Begum (died in December 1994) and her husband Syed Iqbal Ilyas (died in May 1990) were also laid to rest in the same Qabrastan/Makbara (Graveyard).


Doctoral Students

  1. Mohiuddin Munawar,   (Picture)   (1966)
    Limnological Studies in certain Polluted and Unpolluted Freshwater Ponds of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India,
    PhD Thesis, Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad, India, (1966).
    * Thesis Advisor: Abdul Rafeeq Zafar.

  2. V. S. Rao,   (1968)
    An ecological study of three freshwater ponds of Hyderabad, India,
    PhD Thesis, Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad, India, (1968).
    * Thesis Advisor: Abdul Rafeeq Zafar.

  3. Gunda Seenayya,   (1968)
    Ecological Studies of the Plankton of Certain Freshwater Ponds of Hyderabad, India,
    PhD Thesis, Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad, India, (1968).
    * Thesis Advisor: Abdul Rafeeq Zafar.

  4. Atiya Khanum,   (1980)
    Ecological Studies of the Hussain Sagar and Saroonagar Lakes with Reference to the planktonic and mat-forming algal communities,
    PhD Thesis, Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad, India, (1980).
    * Thesis Advisor: Abdul Rafeeq Zafar.

  5. K. Satya Mohan   (1981)
    Limnology of the Osman Sagar and Mir Alam Lakes,
    PhD Thesis, Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad, India, (1981).
    * Thesis Advisor: Abdul Rafeeq Zafar.











MPhil Students










TECHNICAL WRITINGS

  1. A. R. Zafar,
    On the periodicity and distribution of algae in certain fish ponds in the vicinity of Hyderabad, India,
    PhD Thesis, Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad, India, (July 1955).
    * Thesis Advisor: Mahendar Raj Suxena (Picture).

  2. A. R. Zafar,
    Biology in World Affairs,
    Award Winning Article, (1956 or so).

  3. A. R. Zafar,
    Taxonomy of lakes,
    Hydrobiologia, Volume 13, Number 3, Pages 287-299 (1959).
    Digital Object Identifier (DOI, Logo): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00041333.
    Hydrobiologia (Journal Cover), published by Springer (Logo).

  4. A. R. Zafar,
    An apparatus for sampling water and mud from the deeper strata of the lakes,
    Journal of the Indian Botanical Society, 38 (1), 109-113 (1959).
    J Indian Bot Soc (Journal Cover) Published by the Indian Botanical Society (IBS, Logo).

  5. A. R. Zafar,
    Two years’ observation on the periodicity of Euglenineae in two fish-breeding ponds,
    Journal of the Indian Botanical Society, 38 (4), pp. 549-560 (1959).
    J Indian Bot Soc (Journal Cover) Published by the Indian Botanical Society (IBS, Logo).

  6. A. R. Zafar,
    On the ecology of algae in certain fish ponds of Hyderabad, India,
    Hydrobiologia, Volume 23, Numbers 1-2, Pages 179-195 (January 1964).
    Digital Object Identifier (DOI, Logo): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00043729.
    Hydrobiologia (Journal Cover), published by Springer (Logo).

  7. A. R. Zafar,
    On the ecology of algae in certain fish ponds of Hyderabad, India,
    Hydrobiologia, Volume 24, Numbers 3-4, Pages 556-566 (November 1964).
    Digital Object Identifier (DOI, Logo): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00142002.
    Hydrobiologia (Journal Cover), published by Springer (Logo).

  8. A. R. Zafar,
    Limnology of Hussain Sugar Lake, Hyderabad, India,
    Phykos, 5 (1-2), pp. 115-216 (1966).
    (Journal of Phycological Society, India, Logo).

  9. M. Munawar and A. R. Zafar,
    A preliminary study of vertical movement of Eudorina elegans and trinema lineare during a bloom caused by them,
    Hydrobiologia, Volume 29, Numbers 1-2, Pages 140-148 (March 1967).
    Digital Object Identifier (DOI, Logo): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00142059.
    Hydrobiologia (Journal Cover), published by Springer (Logo).

  10. A. R. Zafar,
    On the ecology of algae in certain fish ponds of Hyderabad, India,
    Hydrobiologia, Volume 30, Number 1, Pages 96-112 (July 1967).
    Digital Object Identifier (DOI, Logo): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00135012.
    Hydrobiologia (Journal Cover), published by Springer (Logo).

  11. A. R. Zafar,
    Certain Aspects of Distribution Pattern of Phytoplankton in the Lakes of Hyderabad, India,
    In Proceedings of Symposium on Recent Advances in Tropical Ecology, Varanasi, India.
    pp. 368-375 (1968), Editors: Brijj Gopal and Ramdeo Misra,
    Publisher: International Society for Tropical Ecology (ISTE, Logo), Banaras Hindu University (BHU, Logo), (1968).

  12. A. R. Zafar,
    Limnological studies of freshwater ponds of Hyderabad, India. ii. The Biocenose distribution of unicellular and colonial phytoplankton in polluted and unpolluted environments,
    Hydrobiologia, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 105-128 (1970).

  13. A. R. Zafar,
    Thermal Structure of certain freshwater bodies of Hyderabad,
    In Proceedings of the School on Plant Ecology, 1968, Banaras Hindu University (BHU, Logo), Varanasi, India.
    pp. 286-296 (1971), Editors: Ramdeo Misra and R. R. Das,
    Publisher: Oxford & IBH Publishing, Calcutta, India (1971).

  14. A. R. Zafar,
    On the Assessment of Organic Pollution in the Lakes of Hyderabad, India,
    In Proceedings of The Hazards of Environmental Pollution, ,
    All India Seminar on Environmental Pollution, pp. 72-77, (1975),
    Publisher: Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay (Logo), Mumbai (Bombay), India (1975).

  15. A. R. Zafar,
    Economic significance of certain species of Scirpus L.,
    Proceedings of Aquatic weeds in South East Asia: A Regional Seminar on noxious aquatic vegetation in tropics and sub-tropics,
    12–17 December 1973, New Delhi, India.
    pp. 387-391, (1976).
    Editors: Julian Rzóska and C. K. Varshney, (Kluwer, 1976, Book Cover).

  16. A. R. Zafar, K. R. Khan, G. Seenayya, N. S. Reddy, K. S. Mohan, M. E. Cynthia, and A. Khanum,
    A Study on the Organic and Industrial Pollution and Ecological Reclamation of the Hussain Sagar Lake,
    Report Submitted to the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA, Logo), 24 pages (1976).

  17. G. Seenayya and A. R. Zafar,
    An Ecological Study of Mir Alam Lake, Hyderabad, India,
    Indian Journal of Botany, 2 (2), pp. 214-220 (1979).
    Indian J Bot is published by .

  18. M. R. Suxena and A. R. Zafar,
    Assessment of the Industrial and Organic Pollution, Biological Production and Rate of Eutrophication of Lakes of Hyderabad (MIMEO),
    Department of Botany, Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad, (1979).

  19. A. R. Zafar and G. Seenayya,
    An Integrated Approach to the Trophy, Pollution and Production in the Lakes of Hyderabad, India,
    Seminar on Environmental Engineering Problems, Control and Prospects,
    pp. 4.1-4.5 (1980).
    Souvenir Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Institution of Engineers (India) (Logo), Andhra Pradesh Center, Hyderabad, India.

  20. A. R. Zafar,
    Algological evaluation of water pollution,
    Conference Proceedings: Biological indicators and indices of environmental pollution,
    (21-23 September 1981, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India), under a WHO Grant (WHO: World Health Organization, Logo).
    Editors: A. R. Zafar,
    pp. 67-76, Book Cover, Contents,
    Foreword and Preface,
    Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, (Logo), New Delhi, India, (1982).

  21. G. Seenayya and A. R. Zafar,
    Algal Bloom patterns indicating organic pollution,
    Conference Proceedings: Biological indicators and indices of environmental pollution,
    (21-23 September 1981, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India), under a WHO Grant (WHO: World Health Organization, Logo).
    Editors: A. R. Zafar,
    pp. 101-112, Book Cover, Contents,
    Foreword and Preface,
    Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, (Logo), New Delhi, India, (1982).

  22. A. R. Zafar, K. R. Khan, M. A. Khan and G. Seenayya,
    Algological Evaluation of Water pollution,
    Conference Proceedings: Biological indicators and indices of environmental pollution,
    (21-23 September 1981, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India),
    Editors: A. R. Zafar,
    Book Cover, Contents,
    Foreword and Preface,
    Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, (Logo), New Delhi, India, (1982).

  23. A. R. Zafar,
    Conference Proceedings: Biological indicators and indices of environmental pollution,
    (21-23 September 1981, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India), under a WHO Grant (WHO: World Health Organization, Logo).
    Book Cover, Contents,
    Foreword and Preface,
    Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, (Logo), New Delhi, India, (1982).

  24. K. S. Mohan and A. R. Zafar,
    Water Quality of two Drinking Water Reservoirs of Hyderabad, India,
    Pollution Research 5 (3-4), pp. 111-122 (1986).
    Pollution Research (Journal Cover) is published on behalf of the Indian Association for Pollution Chemists and Biologists by ENVIRO MEDIA, India.

  25. A. R. Zafar,
    Seasonality of phytoplankton in some South Indian lakes,
    Hydrobiologia, Volume 138, Number 1, Pages 177-187 (August 1986).
    Digital Object Identifier (DOI, Logo): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00027239.
    Hydrobiologia (Journal Cover), published by Springer (Logo).

  26. A. R. Zafar,
    Water Quality Classification and Indicator Organisms,
    Unpublished Paper, Presented in the Indo-Dutch Biomonitoring Meeting, Delhi, Inida, (1991).

  27. A. R. Zafar,
    Quran aur Maholiyat,
    (A 28 page booklet in Urdu on the topic: Quran and Environment),
    (Islamic Heritage Foundation and Iqbal Academy Hyderabad, India, February 2003).
    (ISBN: http://classic.isbn.nu/9788188279197/, ISBN-10: 81-86370-22-6 and ISBN-13: 978818827919627, Book Cover).
    (ISBN: International Standard Book Number System, Logo).
    * View the Complete Book in PDF (Book Cover).

  28. A. R. Zafar,
    Genesis of the lakes of the Indian Subcontinent,
    Chapter 2, pp. 9-25, in A. R. Zafar, Atiya Khanum and K. Satya Mohan,
    Limnology in the Indian Subcontinent,
    (Ukaaz Publications, Hyderabad, India, 2005).
    (ISBN: http://classic.isbn.nu/9788188279197/, ISBN-10: 8188279196 and ISBN-13: 9788188279197, Book Cover).
    (ISBN: International Standard Book Number System, Logo).
    * Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket Jacket.

  29. A. R. Zafar, Atiya Khanum and K. Satya Mohan,
    Limnology in the Indian Subcontinent,
    (Ukaaz Publications, Hyderabad, India, 2005).
    (ISBN: http://classic.isbn.nu/9788188279197/, ISBN-10: 8188279196 and ISBN-13: 9788188279197, Book Cover).
    (ISBN: International Standard Book Number System, Logo).
    * Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket Jacket.

  30. A. R. Zafar,

  31. A. R. Zafar,

  32. A. R. Zafar,



Listing at Open Library (Logo): http://openlibrary.org/authors/OL4207981A/A.R._Zafar


Obituaries:

  1. Munsif Daily, Hyderabad,
    Vol. 35, Issue 198, pp. 14, (Monday the 18 July 2011,   15 Shabaan 1432).
    (Munsif Daily, Hyderabad, Logo).
    * View the Obituary.

  2. Deccan Chronicle,
    (Wednesday the 20 July 2011).
    (Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad, Logo).

  3. Munsif Daily, Hyderabad,
    Vol. 35, Issue 271, pp. 10, (Thursday the 29 September 2011).
    (Munsif Daily, Hyderabad, Logo).
    * View the Obituary by Dr. Syed Islamuddin Mujahid.

  4. Mohiuddin Munawar,
    A Tribute to Dr. A. R. Zafar,
    Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp. 229-230 (2011).
    Digital Object Identifier (DOI, Logo): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14634988.2011.611091.
    (Official Journal of the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, AEHMS, Logo).
    Available online: 08 Sep 2011.
    (Taylor and Francis, Logo).





Family Related References:

  1. Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Contributed writings on the lives of Muslim Luminaries from the Berar Region, Maharashtra, India),
    Volume I (1982), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  2. Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Eminent Personalities of Barar),
    Volume II (2005), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  3. Ghulam Dastagir Khan Saheb,
    Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar,
    in Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Contributed writings on the lives of Muslim Luminaries from the Berar Region, Maharashtra, India),
    pages 56-60, Volume I (1982), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View Page-56, Page-57, Page-58, Page-59 and Page-60.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  4. See the entry, Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (Picture),
    The Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Logo): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Ghani_Saheb_Saudagar.


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