Mehdi Nawaz Jung

Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung
Born Syed Mohammed Mehdi
(1894-05-23)May 23, 1894
Dar-ul-Shifa, Hyderabad, Hyderabad State (now Telangana, India)
Died June 28, 1967(1967-06-28) (aged 73)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (now Telangana, India)
Nationality Indian
Other names Baba Mian
Occupation Bureaucrat and Politician
Known for Social Work, Cooperative Movement & Health Concerns.
Awards Padma Vibhushan
Governor of Gujarat
In office
Succeeded by Nityanand Kanungo
Vice Chancellor of Osmania University
In office

Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung (23 May 1894 – 28 June 1967) was an Indian bureaucrat and was Secretary to the Executive Council during the Nizam rule.[1] He also served as the Governor of Gujarat from 1960-1965.

His house known as Banjara Bhavan, located at Banjara Hills was a very Picturesque Area of Hyderabad which was promoted by Mehdi Nawaz Jung for habitation, is a Grade-I notified heritage building by HMDA.[2][3]

Early life

Mehdi Nawaz Jung was born in Darulshifa, Hyderabad Deccan in a middle-class family of a very religious father Moulvi Syed Abbas Ali (Abbas Sahab).[4][5]


Mehdi Nawaz Jung was also the first commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad. He contested a general election in 1952 from the Hyderabad constituency and won the election with a very big majority. From the year 1952 to January, 1960, Shri Mehdi Nawaz Jung was a Minister in the former Hyderabad State and then in Andhra Pradesh Government, holding various portfolios such as Public Works Department, Roads & Buildings Department, Irrigation & Power, etc.[6]

He was the first President of Indian Council of Social Welfare. He was instrumental in setting up Niloufer Hospital and Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institute of Oncology - the first government cancer hospital of its sort in India. One of the pioneers in using Radio-Iodine ablation in Thyroid Cancers. It is one of the Regional Cancer Centres, presently approved and funded by the central government.[7]

Personal life

Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung was married to Tahira Begum, daughter of Nawab Aqeel Jung and had four sons.

Positions held

  • Secretary, Executive Council - Hyderabad State 1926
  • First Municipal Commissioner - MCH
  • Member of the Assemblies of Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh 1952 to 1959
  • Minister in the governments of Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh 1952 to 1959
  • Governor of Gujarat - 1960


The locality Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad is named after him.


  1. "Hyderabad's heritage Rock House razed to set up club". The Times of India. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  2. "HMDA blames GHMC for heritage buildings razing". CNN IBN. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  3. "HMDA halts Banjara Bhavan demolition". The Times of India. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
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  5. "Former Vice Chancellors". Osmania University. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  6. "Raj Bhavan" Check |url= value (help). 1967-06-28. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  7. "The man who gave Hyderabad its 'Banjara Hills', Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung". The News Minute. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
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