His Early Age

Mahbubul Hoque, vegetable seller to Founder & Chancellor, USTM


“I had to sell home-grown vegetables in the market to meet the expenses of my studies as I lost my father, the only bread earner in the family at a very young age and I have no inhibition to acknowledge the fact that I was a vegetable seller and the struggle I had gone through only inspired me to be more steadfast in my goal and determination. All institutions that are running under the auspices of ERD Foundation were established singlehandedly without any financial grant or subsidy from any government of private agencies”- he reminiscences.

In every success story there is something extraordinary that makes a man take a courageous decision. And there is no denying the fact the decision to take up the challenges, to move on an untrodden path is the essence of entrepreneurship or entrepreneurial venture. Mahbubul Hoque, the man unstoppable, the visionary educational entrepreneur from North East, has proved that nothing is impossible on this earth, provided one has the courage to fight against all odds, an innate ability to dream, to pursue the dream and to execute it. He has truly iconized the epithet that “dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep”. He had also proved that for being an entrepreneur one needs not to belong to a highly affluent family or have sufficient monetary resources and that ascending the ladder to success from zero to zenith, is also not an impossible task. Being an ardent educator, Mahbubul Hoque believes institution building and entrepreneurship will only bring about a change in the society and education sector that needs more and more participation by the upcoming young generation of students. He further added that he wants to send out a message to the students, “Just believe in yourself and do it, even if you don’t have finance or any resources, start an institution at your home with one blackboard, chalk, pencil and duster and get the students from your adjoining areas. Eventually you will see that your institution has started growing, All you need is dedication, commitment and perseverance”.

Birth of an educationist: He was not born with a golden spoon and his tumultuous journey began on the day he was born, i.e., December 1, 1973. Hailing from a remote village namely Purbogool under Karimganj district and Patharkandi sub-division, his early life was filled with adversities, pain and sufferings. He had lost his father at a very tender age while he was in class- VII in the year 1981, the only bread-earner in his family and later his mother in the year 1991 while he was at class XII. “In the morning I had to sell home-grown vegetables to meet the expenses of my studies after my father died and I have no inhibition in unfolding the truth that I was a vegetable seller and the struggle I had gone through only inspired me to be more steadfast in my goal and determination”-he reminiscences. What was more pathetic is that in the midst of unending sorrows, a slim ray of light was his elder brother whom he had lost at a tragic accident in September, 1998. Amidst all those difficulties he had completed matriculation from Karimganj with high marks and 10+2 with star marks from G.C College, Silchar. Then he joined Aligarh Muslim University from where he had done B.Sc(Hons) with distinction and MCA securing first class second rank. But all those hurdles had never made him loose heart or retreat, his undaunted spirit kept him move on and the man whom we see today as Chancellor, University of Science & Technology Meghalaya & Chairman ERDF, Mahbabul Hoque has become the epitome of success, endurance and optimism.

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