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Founder's Profile

Mahbubul Hoque
-An Educational Entrepreneur

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 had later become the 2nd largest centre in India under SMU. 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 the Education 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 of Regional Institute of Science & Technology, 9th Mile, affiliated to North Eastern Hill University, 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 of strife affected children.

  • Founder of Prof. Qoumrul Hoque School of Education

  • Founder of University School of Law and Research

  • Founder of K.N. Begum Women's College, Badarpur

Initiated the schemes :

a) Prof Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Scholarship
b) Khairun Nessa Begum Womens Endowment
c) Dr Bhupen Hazarika Fellowship
d) Prof Qoumrul Hoque Memorial Endowment for Microfinance

Established & dedicated :

1) Prof SD Phukan Science Block
2) Gandhiji Block
3) Sir Syed House (North & South)
4) Prof. Qoumrul Hoque Academic Complex
5) Maulana Azad Block
6) Dr BR Ambedkar Block
7) U. Tirot Singh Boys Hostel

Additional Responsibility :

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

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

  • Former 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 :

  • Received Educlusion Award at Re-engineering India Summit-2014 held at Singapore from Prof. Thomas L Magnanti, President of Singapore University of Technology & Design on the occasion of Engineers’ Day.

  • Received the prestigious "NEDFi Award 2015" from Shri B P Muktieh, the Chairman and Managing Director of NEDFi on August 9, 2015.

  • Felicitated at Chicago, USA by Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations in their thirteenth convention.

  • 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

  • Awarded by "maeeshat"-India's 1st Magazine focusing Minorities Business & Economy at the 6th All India Minorities Business Summit & Awards 2014.

  • 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)

  • Organised National Seminar on “Indian Higher Education in the 21st Century : Constraints and Possibilities” in the event of “North East Teachers’ Congress-2013” (March 22-24,2013)

  • Conferred “Community Leadership Award” (CLA) to 25 persons of Muslim Minority Community to give recognition to their pioneering works in different walks of life and contribution to the development of the society. (2nd April, 2013)

  • Conducted a Conclave on Minority Educational Institutions of NE India (COMEI) to make a network among the institutions for their overall growth. (13th April, 2013)

  • Seminar on Interest Free Banking (17th August, 2013)

  • Scholastic Discourse on Life & Creation of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (7th September, 2013)

  • Ten days Research Methodology Course (December 9-18, 2013)

  • National seminar on “Challenges in Higher Education : A North East Perspective” (29th Jan, 2014)

  • 2nd North East Graduate Congress (22nd & 23rd February,2014)

  • National Seminar on “Educational Status of Minority women in NE India” (1st March, 2014)

  • North East College Principals’ Conclave (23rd July, 2014)

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.

Welfare activities :

Mr. Hoque has initiated lots of welfare activities like Free education to poor meritorious students, Scholarships, Endowment Funds, Fellowships, Emergency treatment & medical assistance for poor & economically weaker sections of society, Interest free Loans, Marriage Loans, Awareness Campaigns & rallies/street plays, Relief drives, All religion prayer meetings etc.

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