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.
Workshops and Seminars:
The institutes under the Foundation, regularly organise
workshops, seminars, talks and guest lectures for their
students on issues relevant to their fields of study and
also to our times. Winter School, Spring Quest, Seminar
on Solid Waste Management, Peace & Justice, R & D Talk
on Biotechnology are seminar series organised by the
Foundation for its students. Personalities like Mr. K N
Hazarika, CMD, NEDFi; Mr. Aseem Kazi, Programme
Executive, AIR; Dr. Liaqat Ali, BIRDEM, Bangladesh; Mr.
P J Baruah, Executive Editor, The Assam Tribune; Dr. P.G.
Rao, Director, NEIST; Dr. D.Y. Rao, Dy. Director, CSIR,
New Delhi etc are some who have delivered lectures in
the institutes under ERDF on their respective fields.
These kinds of seminars and guest lectures give the
students an exposure to the professional world and a
chance to interact with professionals from their chosen
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. 20,000.
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.
Community Leadership Award:
There are a few dedicated persons belonging to minority
community who are going beyond their call of duty have
worked tirelessly to uplift the community and excelled
in their professional fields and hence have emerged as
role models for others of the community. ERDF is
confident that if they are given appreciation and
recognition for their good work in a public forum, it
would not only encourage them to work with greater
dedication in future but also motivate others to come
forward in larger number and follow their footsteps for
the betterment of the community. Therefore it has been
proposed to honour such persons with Community
Leadership Awards. This Community Leadership Award (CLA)
instituted by ERD Foundation in the year 2013 aims at
giving recognition to the pioneering works done by
members of the Muslim Minority Community in different
walks of life and contributing greatly to the
development of the society.
Award of Excellence:
Every year the Foundation confers an Award of Excellence
to a person who has shown excellence in his /her field
of work and/or contributed to societal causes on the
occasion of -TECHNO QUEST- the annual event of Central
IT College. This award was conferred first in 2005 and
has continued till date:
2005: The award was conferred on Dr. Dhrubajyoti Bora,
Joint Director, Medical Education Assam, who has
dedicated his life in service to the society and has
become a living example for all.
2006: The award was
conferred on students who had attained positions in HSLC,
HMLC, HSSLC (Science, Arts and Commerce) Examinations.
2007: Award of Excellence
2007 was conferred on Dr. Satyendra Kumar Choudhury,
Lecturer, Deptt. of Chemistry, Cotton College. A doctor
of philosophy from University of Delhi in 1985, Dr.
Satyendra Kumar Choudhury is presently Senior Lecturer
in Deptt. of Chemistry Cotton College and is heading the
Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Cotton College. His
contribution to the field of Education and
Entrepreneurship Development is immense.
2008: Award of Excellence
2008 was conferred on Dr. Akashitora, noted film actor
and media personality Dr. Akashitora is a multifaceted
personality who has achieved expertise in the field of
art and culture. Winner of several National and State
level awards in acting Dr. Akashitora has also worked in
the field of academics.
2009: Award of Excellence 2009 was conferred to Mr.
Gamliel Sherio, Mr. Mrinal Talukdar, Dr. Noni Gopal
Mahanta, Mr. Wasbir Hussain & Dr. Hitesh Deka.
2010 : Award of Excellence
2010 was conferred to Dr. Dinesh Baishya, Mr. P. J.
Barua, Dr. A. C. Kataki, Mr. Inam Uddin Ahmed, Dr.
Sangita Datta, Dr. M. L. A. Rahman, Dr. A. N. S. Ahmed &
Mr. Naba Thakuria.
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 :
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.
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
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
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
Presently, ERDF is actively conducting research on
various socio-economic and environmental issues. It also
actively participates in collaborative programmes with
other developmental agencies and offices. In mid 2007, a
45 days project was conducted in collaboration with
Guwahati Press Club to study causes and effects of the
Garbage Disposal System in
Drainage System in Guwahati
Drinking Water Crisis in Guwahati
Vanishing Wetlands of Greater Guwahati
Devastation of Hills in Guwahati
Students from the Department of Journalism and Mass
Communication, Central IT College had also taken part in
the above mentioned projects as a part of their field