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“Edupreneur” Mahbubul Hoque

Mahbubul Hoque, a living “Sir Syed”, has been selected for the prestigious Edupreneurs’ Award by Engineering Watch - India’s prestigious magazine dedicated to Engineering Community. Mr. Hoque, chairman of ERDF (Education, Research and Development Foundation) will receive this award at the hands of Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development on 15 February in New Delhi.

Mr. Hoque has established a chain of technical institutions in the Northeast, particularly in Assam and Meghalaya, during the last 10 years, has been selected for the award by a jury of eminent academicians including VCs of five government technical universities and professionals.

“Congratulations, you are being recognized for your contribution in transforming engineering education in India,” said Mr. Ravi Pokharna, Director Relationships, Engineering Watch in the invitation letter to Mr. Hoque.

Born on December 1, 1973 in village Purbogool in Karimganj district of Assam, Mahbubul Hoque did his matriculation from Karimganj, higher secondary in science from G.C. College, Silchar, B.Sc. (Hons) and MCA from Aligarh Muslim University.

Soon after completing his education, Hoque got job offers in multinationals and IT industry, but he had set his eyes at a higher destination. He started his career as an Educational Entrepreneur. He started Central IT College with one computer and four students in the year 2001. With his old computer he had bought in Aligarh, he started the batch of four students who were enrolled at Sikkim Manipal University. He would assemble computers and sell them in the market to run the college - which is now the 2nd largest computer training centre in India under SMU having enrollment strength of 35000+.  In the very first year, he assembled and sold over 100 computers. The number of students kept increasing every year.

University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya
Hoque wanted to start an engineering college and went with his proposal to many community entrepreneurs but he didn’t get positive response. However, he didn’t give up and decided to make his dream true on his own. Meghalaya was more suitable for him to materialize his dreams. Some 11 kms from Guwahati he acquired a piece of land for the university and in 2008 Meghalaya government approved the university and he became the founder of the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM). He was nominated as Chancellor of the university by the Governor of Meghalaya. The university now spreads over 350 acres of picturesque landscape, about 85 kms from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, and about 11 kms from Dispur, the capital of Assam.
Other Achievements of Mr. Hoque:
Founder and Chairman of ERDF (Education, Research and Development Foundation) in 2005; Founder and Chairman of Regional College of Higher Education, Guwahati, a professional college affiliated to North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi; Founder and Chairman of Regional Institute of Science and Technology, affiliated to North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi; Founder of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Centre For Coaching and Guidance, Guwahati; Founder of two CBSE-affiliated schools at Karimganj
(Excerpted from a report by Mumtaz Alam,

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2013 on page no. 12

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