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 scholarships.
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:
In the year 2007, ERD Foundation introduced a new scheme for students from very
poor (BPL) families. According to the scheme the Foundation sponsors the
complete education of meritorious students from a poor background in all its
institutes. 2007 saw 9 students in CITC and 4 students in RCHE enjoying this
facility. 12 more students from BPL families have been sponsored by ERDF in CITC
and RCHE and in Central Public School. 30 students have been given admission
absolutely free of cost and 80 students have been admitted to the School at
concessional rates in 2008. Moreover a number of students from poor families are
given admission in the institutes of ERD Foundation with concession in the
tuition fee as well as admission fees.
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.
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.
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 :
a) 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.
b) 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 country.