Even before the inception of ERD Foundation, Central IT
College has been providing scholarships to meritorious
students of the College. After ERDF came into the picture
the trust has been providing scholarships and financial
assistance to meritorious and poor students in institutes
under it. Merit cum Award Tests are held every year by the
Foundation and the students who do well are awarded
ERDF also extends merit cum means scholarship for
brilliant students pursuing higher education elsewhere in
India. The grants range from token cash award, provision
for text books, hostel facilities etc.
Sponsorship for Poor Students:
This is an unique initiative emerged from the kind hearted
Hoque to give free Education & fee relaxation to
meritorious students belonging to families living Below
Poverty Line (BPL) & economically weaker sections
specially from underprivileged rural areas. Already more
than 1000 students are availing this facility studying in
courses like B. Tech, BCA, MCA etc. in various institutes
run by the foundation. More than 500 of these students
have already passed out & are successfully placed in
different organizations making the efforts of ERDF
fruitfull. Special relaxation in fee & free admission
facility is also benefiting the deserving students in the
two CBSE schools situated in rural areas.
Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Scholarships:
Introduced in the year
2009,this merit cum means scholarship is for the BPL &
rural students pursuing higher education in different
reputed institutes in the name of Prof. Qoumrul Hoque
Memorial Scholarships, the elder brother of Mahbubul Hoque,
who died early in tragic circumstances & who was also the
founder of different educational institutions in his birth
Nessa Memorial Womens’ Endowment:
This initiative have taken
from the year 2010for poor & old aged widows giving cash
of Rs.500/- per month initially for 25 women from his
locality in the name of late beloved mother of Mr. Hoque.
reservation for Girl students:
ERD Foundation has been in the
forefront as far as education of the girl child is
concerned. This is more evident in its different
Institutions mainly in Central Public Schools situated in
remote rural areas of Barak Valley districts of Assam
where there are lots of constraints in educating girl
child as most of the families residing there are from the
minority community. More than 40 per cent students are
girls presently studying in these two schools. Mr. Hoque
has made a special consideration for girl students
reserving 33% seats for them in each and every institution
Community Leadership Award
There are a few dedicated persons belonging to minority
community who are going beyond their call of duty have
worked tirelessly to uplift the community and excelled in
their professional fields and hence have emerged as role
models for others of the community. ERDF is confident that
if they are given appreciation and recognition for their
good work in a public forum, it would not only encourage
them to work with greater dedication in future but also
motivate others to come forward in larger number and
follow their footsteps for the betterment of the
community. Therefore it has been proposed to honour such
persons with Community Leadership Awards. This Community
Leadership Award (CLA) instituted by ERD Foundation in the
year 2013 aims at giving recognition to the pioneering
works done by members of the Muslim Minority Community in
different walks of life and contributing greatly to the
development of the society.
Interest Free Loan:
ERD Foundation believes in providing better working
environment to its employees. To facilitate the same and
boost the morale of its employees, the Foundation provides
interest free loan for the purpose of marriage, purchase
of car/ two wheeler, house hold items etc.
ERDF also takes interest in entrepreneurial development of
the unemployed youth by way of conducting training &
development programmes, helping the deserving candidates
with financial and material help such as preparation of a
viable project, and arrangement of interest free venture
capital. The Foundation has already helped a number of
people with amounts ranging from Rs. 10, 000 to Rs.
Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Endowment
ERDF has set up the Professor
Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Endowment in fond memory of late
Prof Qoumrul Hoque, the elder brother of Mahbubul Hoque,
who was a pioneer in establishing many educational
institutions in Karimganj district of Barak Valley. But
Prof Qoumrul Hoque passed away at a very young age leaving
the mantle to his younger brother Mahbubul Hoque,
Chairman, ERD Foundation.
endowment fund will be utilised for the following
Implementation of micro
finance scheme to finance small and medium business
initiative of needy and economically weaker section of
Minority Welfare Society, a Society of Minority Community
of Barak Valley of Assam, now settled in Guwahati and
registered under Societies Registration Act.
Support, out of surplus
generated from the endowment, the initiatives of the
enterprising but needy members of Minority Welfare Society
in acquiring intellectual property.
Initial Fund: The Prof
Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Endowment has been set up with
initial fund of Rs. 100000.00 (One lakh). Based on the
efficient management of the endowment and benefit derived
by the target group, the ERD Foundation will contribute
additional fund to the endowment from time to time.
Medical Assistance :
ERDF provides free medical assistance for treatment and
operations of the poor. Till now eight gravely ill
patients have been provided this facility and two of them
are fully cured.
Award of Excellence:
Every year the Foundation confers an Award of Excellence
to a person who has shown excellence in his /her field of
work and/or contributed to societal causes on the occasion
of -TECHNO QUEST- the annual event of Central IT College.
This award was conferred first in 2005 and has continued
2005: The award was conferred on Dr. Dhrubajyoti Bora,
Joint Director, Medical Education Assam, who has dedicated
his life in service to the society and has become a living
example for all.
2006: The award was conferred on students who had attained
positions in HSLC, HMLC, HSSLC (Science, Arts and
2007: Award of Excellence 2007 was conferred on Dr.
Satyendra Kumar Choudhury, Lecturer, Deptt. of Chemistry,
Cotton College. A doctor of philosophy from University of
Delhi in 1985, Dr. Satyendra Kumar Choudhury is presently
Senior Lecturer in Deptt. of Chemistry Cotton College and
is heading the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Cotton
College. His contribution to the field of Education and
Entrepreneurship Development is immense.
2008: Award of Excellence 2008 was conferred on Dr.
Akashitora, noted film actor and media personality Dr.
Akashitora is a multifaceted personality who has achieved
expertise in the field of art and culture. Winner of
several National and State level awards in acting Dr.
Akashitora has also worked in the field of academics.
2009: Award of Excellence 2009 was conferred to Mr.
Gamliel Sherio, Mr. Mrinal Talukdar, Dr. Noni Gopal
Mahanta, Mr. Wasbir Hussain & Dr. Hitesh Deka.
2010 : Award of Excellence 2010 was conferred to Dr.
Dinesh Baishya, Mr. P. J. Barua, Dr. A. C. Kataki, Mr.
Inam Uddin Ahmed, Dr. Sangita Datta, Dr. M. L. A. Rahman,
Dr. A. N. S. Ahmed & Mr. Naba Thakuria.
Felicitation of Eminent Personalities :
2011 : Former Vice
Chancellors of Universities of North East
Dr. Jamini Mohan Choudhury,
Former VC, Gauhati University
Dr. A. C. Bhagabati, Former
VC, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh
Dr. D. N. Barthakur, Former
VC, Assam Agriculture University
Dr. Kishori Mohan Pathak,
Former VC, Tezpur University
Dr. Kulendu Pathak, Former VC,
Dr. Gajendra Nath Taluldar,
Former VC, Gauhati University
Dr. Hiralal Duarah, Former VC,
Shri Kamaleswar Borah, Former
VC, Dibrugarh University
Dr. NK Choudhury, Former VC,
2012 : Literary Stalwarts
2013 : Senior Citizens of
Smt. Nirupama Borgohain, Noted
Shri Abdul Mazid, Film &
Prof. Md. Taher, Retd.
Prof.,G.U (Dept. of Geography)
Shri D. N. Barua, President,
Guwahati Management Association
Shri Hareswar Talukdar, Former
Chief Engineer, PWD, Meghalaya
Abdul Khaleque Mazumder, ACS
Officer, Social Worker
Shri B. K. Nath, Chairman,
Sankha Press Pvt. Ltd
Mr. D. N. Singh, Office
Secretary, Guwahati Press Club
Shri H. N. Das, Former Chief
Shri Abdul Malik, Former
Election Commissioner, Assam
ERD Foundation and the institutions under its banner in
association with various agencies like GNRC, NHRM, NACO,
GPC, Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute, Assam Science Society
etc, annually conducts social campaigns on :
World Peace Day : World Peace Day is commemorated every
year by students of the institutes under the trust on 21st
of September with a Rally in the city.
Rose Day in aid of Cancer Patients: On Rose Day students
travel to B. Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) to meet the
patients and carry gifts for them.
Abolition of Child Labour: The trust has also taken up
cudgels against the evil of child labour and every year
organises an event (photo exhibition/talk/seminar) to
spread awareness on the issue.
Health Awareness : ERDF periodically organises seminars/
workshops to create awareness among the students.
Solid Waste Management & Environment Protection: The trust
also takes interest in environmental issues and organises
events to spread awareness on the issue. It has already
organised a seminar on Solid waste Management in 2006 and
photo-exhibition and performance of street plays by
students of Central IT College in 2007.
AIDS awareness: Every year on the 1st of December (World
AIDS Day) the institutes under the trust organise a foot
rally. Moreover students perform street plays in different
areas of Guwahati to spread awareness on the issue.
Prarthana Sabha: ERD Foundation, had also organised a
“PRARTHANA SABHA”(All Religion) at GANESH UDYAN, Dispur at
3 p.m. on Wednesday, 5th of November, 2008 for eternal
peace of the departed souls and speedy safe recovery for
the innocent victims of the Serial Blasts that shook Assam
on 30th October, 2008.
Relief Drive in Udalguri and Darrang: The Foundation and
both its colleges had carried out a Relief Drive in the
affected areas of Darrang and Udalguri on the 9th of
November 2008. Students from both colleges had organised
this drive in Kharupetia Higher Secondary School and
Kharupetia Camp-C in Darrang and Kaziamati Camp in
Udalguri. They distributed blankets, sweaters, clothes for
the aged and baby food, health food and dresses & uniforms
for the children.
Talk on Safeguard for Journalists : The Deptt. Of
Journalism and Mas Comm. of Central IT College had
organised a talk on “Safeguard for Journalists” on 27th
November, 2008 in Guwahati Press Club. The event was
addressed to the issues arising out of the brutal murder
of Jagajit Saikia of Kokrajhar and K Rishikanta Singh of
Imphal Free Press.
Talks, rallies, street plays, photo exhibitions, trade
fair booths etc are the media used by the Foundation to
spread awareness on issues mentioned above. Students from
the institutes under the Foundation take active part in
these social campaigns thus, instilling a strong sense of
social responsibility has always been a part of the
education the trust provides for its students. The trust
not only shows its students the way to be successful
professionals but also responsible citizens of the
Presently, ERDF is actively conducting research on various
socio-economic and environmental issues. It also actively
participates in collaborative programmes with other
developmental agencies and offices. In mid 2007, a 45 days
project was conducted in collaboration with Guwahati Press
Club to study causes and effects of the following problems
Garbage Disposal System in Guwahati
Drainage System in Guwahati
Drinking Water Crisis in Guwahati
Vanishing Wetlands of Greater Guwahati
Devastation of Hills in Guwahati
Students from the Department of Journalism and Mass
Communication, Central IT College had also taken part in
the above mentioned projects as a part of their field