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Founder's Profile


Mr. Mahbubul Hoque - a brief profile

Born in Village Purbogool under Patharkandi of Karimganj District of Assam on December 1, 1973, Mahbubul Hoque did his matriculation from Karimganj with star marks, HS (Science) from G.C. College, Silchar, B.Sc(Hons) & MCA from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) securing first class second rank in the year 2000.

Mahbubul Hoque is brought up with lots of struggle since his childhood days. He lost his father when he was studying in Class VII in the year 1981 who was a govt. service holder & the only earning source of the family. Then he started to take tuitions to bear the costs of his study, he even sold home cultivated vegetables in the market. Later he also lost his mother while he was studying in Class XII in the year 1991. To add to his woes, his elder brother also died suddenly in a tragic accident suspected to be a conspiracy in September 1998 who was partially helping him financially for his higher studies.

Although he had lucrative job offers in Multinationals & IT industry, he started his career as an Educational Entrepreneur. He started Central IT College with one computer & 4 students in the year 2001. He managed finance by assembling computers which was sold in the market to establish a computer lab which is now the 2nd largest centre in India under SMU having enrollment strength 3000+. That was the mere beginning, after that he did not have to look back. He continued his struggle in the field of education & succeeded to achieve milestones one after another. 

In order to strengthen the education infrastructure of the North East, Mahbubul Hoque set up theEducation Research & Development Foundation (ERDF) in 2005 under his chairmanship. Today, under the aegis of the Foundation, he has established the following institutions:

  • Founder & Chancellor of University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya; nominated as Chancellor of the University by His Excellency, the Governor of Meghalaya, the Visitor of USTM.

  • Founder & Chairman Regional Institute of Science & Technology, 9th Mile, both are affiliated to NEHU, Shillong & approved by All India Council of Technical Education, New Delhi.

  • Founder & Chairman of Regional College of Higher Education, Guwahati, a professional College affiliated to North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

  • Founder of two CBSE affiliated schools at Karimganj namely Central Public School-Patharkandi & Central Public School-Badarpur.

  • Founder of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Centre for Coaching & Guidance, Guwahati

  • Founder of HOQUE 20 (a scheme to fully sponsor 20 brilliant poor students for IAS coaching)

  • Founder of CENTRE FOR EDUCATIONAL REHABILITATION under which 100+ students from BTAD were fully sponsored by different institutions & 115+ higher educational students have been offered scholarships another 2000+ in pipeline for next academic session to be adopted outside the state.

Initiated the schemes :

  • Prof Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Scholarship

  • Khairun Nessa Begum Womens Endowment

  • Dr Bhupen Hazarika Fellowship

  • Prof Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Endowment for Microfinance

Established & dedicated :

  • Prof SD Phukan Science Block

  • Gandhiji Block

  • Sir Syed House (North & South)

  • Prof. Qoumrul Hoque Academic Complex

  • Maulana Azad Block

  • Dr BR Ambedkar Block

  • U. Tirot Singh Boys Hostel

Present Strength of ERDF :

9-Institutions including one University, 5500+ students under Roll , 45 Departments, 85+ courses including PhD, 650+ Human Resources, 6000 Alumni, 50 scholarships, 5 journals & 5-publications.

Additional Responsibility :

  • Mr. Hoque is also Chief Patron of a number of professional and research bodies which have been set up by ERDF.

  • Member, Standing Committee, National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India

  • Member, National Monitoring Committee for Minorities’ Education (NMCME), Ministry of HRD, Govt of India,

  • President, North East Forum for Technical Institutions (NEFTI)

  • General Secretary, Minorities’ Citizen Council (MCC), Assam.

Awards & Recognitions :

  • Awarded with the prestigious “Edupreneur Award” by Engineering Watch from Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development at the Engineers’ Conclave 2013, selected by a jury of Vice Chancellors of 5 Technical Universities of India & other high level officials including officials from Ministry of Communications & IT and Member Parliament, Govt. of India.

  • Received “Maulana Abdul Jalil Choudhury Memorial Award” for the year 2013 from North East India Emarat-e-Shariah

  • Minority Educational Leadership Award by MOMEIN, New Delhi handed over by Chairman, Minority Commission, Govt of India

  • Received SMU Excellence Award when Central IT College was ranked 2nd in all over India for consecutive 6 years.

  • Felicitated by the Minority Welfare Society, CABSFORD Public Relations, Public Relations Society of India, Eid Ujjapan Samiti, Silchar & various other organisations for his contribution to the field of education & social work.

Seminars & Conferences organized by M. Hoque :

Under the guidance & Chairmanship of Mr. M. Hoque, several national and international seminars have been organised by the Foundation such as:

  • National Level Seminar on “Biodiversity - Exploration, Conservation & utilisation of Plant Resources with Special Reference to North east India.” (2008).

  • International Conference on “Global Warming Climate change vis-à-vis management of Natural Resources in North East India.”(2009).

  • Panel Discussion “NER VISION -2020 role of Universities & R & D Institutions”. (2009)

  • A Seminar on “Traffic and Transportation Problems in the city of Guwahati.” (2010).

  • A Seminar on ‘Right to Education and the Role Of Media.’ (2010).

  • Regional conference on “Empowerment of Minority Women through Education.” (2010).

  • Interaction with IAS Topper Dr. Shah Faesal with the students of College & Universities at Guwahati (2010).

  • Regional Conference on “Educational scenario of Muslims in North East : Issues, Problems & Prospects” (9th October, 2011)

  • Workshop titled “Perception of Educational Need of NE India towards creation of Knowledge based society and sustainable livelihood” (17th December, 2011)

  • Seminar on Human Rights (12th February, 2012)

  • North East Graduate Congress (29th & 30th May,2012)

  • Panel discussion on “India -Bangladesh Relations : Beyond Trade and Commerce” attended by His Excellency Tariq Ahmed Karim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India & His Excellency Shri R. S. Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya (June 13, 2012)

  • International Seminar on “Genres of Belief from a folkloristic perspective” attended by 43 no.s of foreign delegates (4th & 5th February,2013)

Collaborative and R&D initiatives :

Mr. Hoque has already signed MoUs with different national & international organizations for initiating different R&D activities such as CSIR-NEIST; CRRI, New Delhi; Bamboo & Cane Development Institute; Starmass Environment Technologies Corporation, USA; Hi-Tech Education Centre, Ireland; Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and NIIT Ltd. Collaborations with other national & international organizations & Universities are also under process.

Publications :

M. Hoque is the publisher of different journals, News Letters & Magazines which are released time to time such as Messenger, RISTimes, Future Beckons, CITCian, Archean, Biovision, Abacus, Invent-Update, Image, Luit Pran-Padmashree Rongbong Terang, Effective Speaking, Kabitar Subash & Souvenirs on Climate Change, Global Warming and NE India; Empowerment of Minority Women, NE Regional Perspective etc. He had also published articles on different current topics in leading dailies.

Comments :

Many VVIPs have visited his established institutions & commented on his efforts as :

  • “Mahbubul Hoque is a Dynamic & Visionary Educational Entrepreneur of the region who has changed the whole education scenario starting from KG to PG”- His Excellency Shri R. S. Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya.

  • “This young entrepreneur has helped a lot in educational upliftment of the region”- His Excellency Shri J. B. Patnaik, Governor of Assam.

  • “The untiring efforts of Mahbubul Hoque to set up educational institutions has brought quality education to the doorsteps of the downtrodden at affordable costs”- Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui, Chairman, NCMEI

  • “More entrepreneurs should come forward for the development of the state following the footsteps of Mr. Hoque”- Shri Tarun Gogoi, Honourable Chief Minister, Assam

  • “The team of ERD Foundation is wonderfully guided under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Hoque”- Dr. A. C. Bhagabati, Former VC, Rajiv Gandhi University

  • “Mahbubul Hoque is the real Educational Entrepreneur of the region” - Dr. N. K. Chaudhury, Former VC, Gauhati University

  • “Ideal example for the minority community stake holders. We have talents & we have performers who are really working for this great country”- Shri K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister for Minority Affairs

  • “His visionary zeal & analytical approach for Collaborative research with Bangladesh. He must come forward for better bilateral relationship through research & culture with Universities of Bangladesh”- His Excellency Tariq Ahmed Karim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India

  • “His dedication towards infrastructure development is appreciable”- Dr. Gautam Barua, Director IIT Guwahati.

  • “He is a visionary & great humanitarian. I am attracted by his work on Educational Rehabilitation”- Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, Reformist Writer & Activist

  • “The institutions set up by Mr. Hoque is helping to stop our students going out of the state for higher studies”- Dr. M. K. Choudhury, VC, Tezpur University

  • “I am moved by seeing the enthusiasm & strong determination of Mahbubul Hoque” - Dr. Amarjyoti Choudhury, Pro VC, Tezpur University

  • “The example of visionary entrepreneur like Mr. Hoque is very rare in our society”- Dr. Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia, Chairperson, AHRC

  • “Within a very short span of time, he has transformed the whole educational scenario of North Eastern region”- Dr. G. N. Talukdar, Former VC, Gauhati University

  • “The idea of Mr. Hoque for setting up an University in such a place amidst the natural beauty of hills is indeed superb” - Shri Homen Borgohain

  • “The works of Mr. Hoque is exemplary to other young youths of the nation”- Padmashree Arun Sharma

  • “For his commendable achievements in the field of education, he must be awarded with Bharat Ratna Award” - Dr. Lakhi Nandan Bora

  • “Mr. M. Hoque is an excellent motivator for others”- Dr. P. G. Rao, Former Director, CSIR-NEIST

  • “Knowing an enthusiastic person like Mahbubul Hoque is a great learning experience”- Dr. G. D. Sharma, Former PVC, Assam University

  • “The country needs people like Hoque for overall development”- Mr. P. A. Sangma, Former Lok Sabha Speaker

  • “The institutions established by Hoque with world class infrastructures is reducing the brain drain from North East”- Mr. Donkupar Roy, Former Chief Minister, Meghalaya

  • “I am happy & amazed to see the fast growth of Mr. Hoque’s institutions”- Dr. D. D. Lapang, Former Chief Minister, Meghalaya

  • “The efforts of young & dynamic entrepreneur like Mr. Hoque will accelerate the development process of the NE Region” - Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya

Upcoming Projects:

Mahbubul Hoque has a strong determination to continue his mission of spreading Education to every nook & corner of the region. Under the VISION 2020, the foundation has a plan of establishing number of Institutions listed below :

  • Another eighteen CBSE affiliated Schools in Minority dominated rural areas in phase wise

  • Centralised Women’s Hostel with Library and Coaching Facility for Administrative Services

  • Three ITI is for women

  • Ten B.Ed Colleges

  • College of Architecture

  • Cultural Centre having Guest House facility

  • One Educational TV channel namely "Gyan Vigyan"

  • Centre for Innovation and Rural Development

  • Entrepreneur College, Pharmaceutical College, Physiotherapy Institute

  • Five Star Hospital with Medical College.


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