Humble Beginning: The Man Behind: the Educational Entrepreneurship

This great pioneer of education was at some point of time a very common and humble person who hails from a nondescript village called Purbagool, Asimganj situated in the district of Karimganj in Assam. He was raised amidst umpteen struggles against poverty having lost both his parents at an early age. From a very tender age, he had taken the onus of his studies upon himself by taking tuition classes to young students in his own vicinity and also by selling home-grown vegetables in the market. This is not all, the untimely demise of his elder brother in a tragic accident suspected to be a conspiracy, who was also financing him partially, further escalated his woes. But unfazed by all the financial difficulties, he went on with his studies and ultimately came out with flying colors from prestigious Aligarh Muslim University in the year 2000 by holding rank in MCA from the department of Computer Science.

Mahbubul Hoque after completion of his MCA got lucrative job offers from different MNCs and IT industries of the country as well as abroad, he decided to come back to his native place and mould his career as an Educational Entrepreneur. His first educational venture was Central IT College which he started in the year 2001 with only 4 students and an old computer which he carried from Aligarh and was bought with the help of his elder brother. He managed finance by assembling computers and selling them off in the market to set up a computer laboratory. In his initial days of struggle, he lived in the institution premises itself, spent his nights sleeping on office sofa as he could not afford to rent a house for permanent stay. Once upon a time, the owners of building were also not ready to offer rental house to him. That was just the beginning but after that he did not have to look back. Central IT College soon became the second best study-centre of Sikkim Manipal University in the whole country. He continued his struggle in the field of education and succeeded to achieve milestone one after another traversing several impediments to set up the institutions in Assam and later in Meghalaya with allied educational activities in other states of North Eastern Part of India.

In order to strengthen and streamline the educational infrastructure in Assam and other parts of North East, Education, Research & Development Foundation (ERDF) was set up in 2005. ERD Foundation has emerged as the largest institutional network in the North East region catering education from KG to PG to Ph.D . The brief about the institutions are:

  • CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, PATHERKANDI: The first CBSE affiliated school of ERD Foundation Central Public School-Patharkandi has been set up in Karimganj District in April 2008 with a mission to provide quality education encompassing the needs of the rural and downtrodden children of different communities, with special attention to the development of minority communities. Today, this 10+2 school has an enrollment of 542students.


  • REGIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: An engineering college of par excellence is the 4th venture of ERD Foundation, Guwahati. RIST provides B.Tech Courses approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India & is affiliated to North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, the first Prestigious Central University in the North Eastern part of India. RIST is the largest Technical campus of North east India spread over an area of 130 acres.
    RIST provide B.Tech courses in the following Departments:
    • Dept of Civil Engineering
    • Dept of Computer Sc & Engineering
    • Dept of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Dept of Electronics & Communication Engineering
    • Dept of Mechanical Engineering


  • CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, BADARPUR: This is the 2nd CBSE affiliated school of ERD Foundation and has been set up in Umarpur, near the Badarpur Town and was inaugurated by His Excellency Shri. R. S. Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya on 21st January, 2010. This 10+2 school has an enrollment of 710students studying here.


  • UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, MEGHALAYA: Established under the provisions of the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya Act (No.6 of 2008) enacted by Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya and notified vide Gazette Notification No LL(B)87/2008/21, dated 02.12.2008 of Government of Meghalaya. The University is empowered by the University Grants Commission, to award degrees as specified by the UGC under section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956. USTM offers UG, PG courses & PhD under its different schools viz.
    School of Biological Sciences –houses the Dept of Applied Biology, Zoology& Botany
    School of Applied Sciences – houses the Dept of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics & Mathematics
    School of Social Sciences & Humanities- houses the Dept of Sociology, Social Work, English, Rural Development, Political Sciences, Library & Information Sc, Psychology & Education
    School of Engineering & Technology- houses the Dept of Computer Science & Electronics
    School of Allied Medical Sciences- houses the University College of Physiotherapy.


  • FAKHRUDDIN ALI AHMED CENTRE FOR COACHING & GUIDANCE: The Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Centre for Coaching and Guidance (FACC) the brain child of the Education Rsearch and Development Foundation (ERDF) was inaugurated by Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam in 2012. The main objective of starting a coaching centre built specially to provide guidance for all Public Service Commission Examinations and other competitive examinations was to bridge the gap between potential candidates and the guidance that they lacked. Thus, since its inception, FACC has made it a point to specially focus on intelligent candidates belonging to the BPL or minority community.


  • SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SCIENCES: Established in 2013 at Techno City Campus, Baridua, Meghalaya and approved by AICTE, New Delhi, School of Business Sciences provides quality education catering to the dynamic needs of the corporate world through the following departments offering Courses like MBA, BBA, MCom, BCom, MA Economics.


  • PROF QOUMRUL HOQUE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: Established in 2014, Prof Qoumrul Hoque School of Education offers B. Ed. Programme approved by National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE), ERC, Bhubaneswar. This School of Education is named after Prof Qoumrul Hoque, a renowned educationist of Barak Valley region; Lecturer of Nabin Chandra College, Badarpur and Founder of number of institutions including one B.Ed. College, Degree College and Junior College,who died in a conspiracy in September, 1998.


  • KHAIRUN NESSA BEGUM WOMEN’S COLLEGE: In order to break the barriers in female education especially for the downtrodden rural women from minority communities the foundation has decided to set up Khairun Nessa Begum Women’s College, the 8th venture of ERD Foundation is established at Badarpur in 2015. The college is affiliated to Assam University, Silchar and offers Degree Course with major in English, Economics, Political Science, History & Bengali.


  • UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW & RESEARCH: Established in 2015, the University School of Law and Research is a fresh initiative of ERDF to impart quality education in legal discipline in the region. The basic aim of the school is to impart quality education in law as a developing discipline, thus, satisfying the requirement of legal aspirant of the region. With the approval of Bar Council of India, the school offers courses like BA-LLB & LLB.

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