Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Memorial Award bestowed on Mahbubul Hoque
3rd APRIL, 2017, ERDF, Guwahati : Conceptualized
and executed by Barak Education Society Silchar, the organizing committee of the
society confers “Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Memorial Award” to the eminent
personalities who have made mark in the field of education. And it has been
carried out since 2014, every two year this honor is being delivered. The
objective is to pay tribute to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s
first education minister who was as one of the most important national leaders
of the time, prominently leading the causes of Hindu-Muslim unity as well as
espousing secularism and socialism. In the year 2014, this award was conferred
to one of the leading progressive Islamist thinkers of North East, erudite
educationist and social worker Maulana Taibur Rahman Barbhuiya. This year the
organizing committee has nominated Sh. Mahbubul Hoque for his immense and
unstoppable contribution in the entire North East region to bring about a social
revolution by educating the poor, the under-privileged backward class people,
specifically minority Muslim women so that they can come out of their
conventional ghettos and take the centre-stage.
Worthwhile to mention, Mehbubul Hoque, a post-graduate alumni of Aligarh Muslim
University in computer science, had started his educational entrepreneurial
career with one computer and four students in February 2001. Presently, he is
running two CBSE affiliated schools, one engineering college, one law school,
one B.Ed college, one women’s college, one career guidance centre, one education
rehabilitation centre & one University of Science & Technology. The number of
students have now notched up to 6500 out of which 20% students hailing from the
under privileged backward class at each institution are availing free education.
Around a total of 700 teaching fraternity and other human resources are
shouldering their responsibility as partner in progress in all the institutions
to fulfill the Mission ERDF.
It was an ecstatic moment for all ERDF Family. Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Hon'ble
Chancellor USTM and Chairman ERDF, had been bestowed with the Moulana Abul Kalam
Azad Memorial Award 2016 by Barak Education Society at Silchar Gandhi Bhawan
today. Sh. Hoque in an exclusive press meet, had conveyed his message " I am
blessed that I have been chosen for this award. ERD Foundation works for the
benefit of mankind and we will keep working towards that end. By 2020, we are
planning to come up with a Bengali newspaper and Bengali news channel, solely
focused on education, as I have seen there are so many issues regarding
education which needs to be stressed on and from the audience perspective, the
channel will get wide viewers as education is a thriving sector in North East".
Amongst other distinguished guests present on the occasion were Prof. Dilip
Chandra Nath the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of Assam University Silchar and Prof
Rajat Gupta the Director of NIT Silchar.