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ERDF was conceived for imparting top quality professional and technical education in the fields of engineering science, management science, information technology and computer science; applied sciences such as biotechnology and biochemistry etc. with a view to ensuring all round professional development of the students of the North Eastern part of India in general and Assam & Meghalaya in particular, keeping the interests of the deprived sections uppermost in its priority list. In short it has made education affordable and brought it within the reach of people for whom educating their children was always a distant dream.

ERDF always focuses on the empowerment of education as inscribed in its logo “empowering education”.

Here is a chronological list of educational initiatives taken up by the Foundation :

A Brief about the Institutions under the Foundation:

  • Central IT College:

In its ten year of existence Central IT College (CITC) has come a long way from the days of its inception in 2001 with only 18 students and four computers. Today, it is a ISO 9001-2000 certified college boasting of more than 3,000 students and 70 faculty members. It is rated as the No. 2 SMU study centre in entire India. It has also been selected as the Nodal Centre for the Eastern region to conduct Biotechnology practical. Today CITC has 6 departments i.e. Computer Science, Management Sciences, Biotechnology, Allied Health Sciences, Journalism & Mass Communication and Arts & Humanities

The College was established with an aim to put a stop to the brain drain problem in Assam and the North Eastern region. The meritorious students of the region manage to get admitted to good colleges in Deptt.s of their preference but it's the average students who go out of the region searching for good institutions imparting professional courses and as a result shell out lakhs of rupees in the process. Imparting professional courses at a much lesser rate minus donations & the travel cost to other states CITC is catering to the section of students that form the maximum percent in the overall educational scenario of a state, which was one of the objectives of establishing this college.

The main endeavor of the College has always been to provide the students with professional training and it has been successful in the sense that the College has quite an impressive placement record. Along with professional training the College also involves its students in various social welfare activities to instill in them a sense of duty towards the society

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  • Regional College of Higher Education (RCHE):

Established in 2007, this is the first college in Assam which introduced Bachelor degrees in Biotechnology and Biochemistry, and the first college in the state affiliated to the prestigious central university North Eastern Hill University- Shillong. The college is equipped with modern building with all the latest state of the art Biotechnology and Biochemistry laboratories. The college also teaches the courses in Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor in Computer Application, B.Sc Electronics, Bachelor in Social Works and B.Sc Environmental Science. This college has received recognition from all corners for its quality education and results shown by its students in the last couple of years.

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  • Central Public School – Patharkandi (3rd venture of ERDF):

The dawn of 16/ 04/ 2008 saw the birth of Central Public School (CPS) the first school run by ERD Foundation under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), covering seven acres of land adjacent to the national highway in Patharkandi in rural border area of Karimganj District . The primary objective of setting up CPS-P was to provide quality education to the deprived and under privileges children of the rural areas at an affordable cost. The present Strength of the school is around 500+ students and with 40 + Teaching Staff. The school has been able to bring a quantum change in the field of primary and secondary education in the area.

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  • Regional Institute of Science and Technology (4th venture of ERDF):

Regional Institute of Science and Technology (RIST) is situated on a picturesque hill in 9th Mile, opposite CRPF Group Centre, Khanapara, well connected to the National Highway, the Guwahati Shillong road.  It is only 6 km from the capital of Assam, Dispur and 85 km from the Capital of Meghalaya, Shillong. The campus is 15 km from Guwahati Railway station, 40 km from LGBI Airport, Guwahati. The RIST has become operational form the session 2009.  The natural surroundings of the Institute are such that they provide an ideal ambience for academic pursuits. The campus is spread over an area of 16 acres, aptly named as Techno City. RIST is located in a scenic surrounding with lush green hillocks providing tranquil environment for excellent academic pursuits, equipped with all modern amenities and infrastructure to facilitate intellectual growth and nurture students with a better understanding of today’s technological competence build up to meet the dynamic socio-industrial needs and demands. In a short span of time RIST has developed infrastructure and intellectual competence necessary to deliver quality education comparable to the best in the country. RIST has integrated a host of modern facilities within its premises conducive for healthy intellectual pursuits and professional developments which include academic complex houses, spacious lecture halls, well stacked libraries, computer labs with the latest hardware and software, well equipped labs and workshops, conference hall, administrative infrastructure and excellent student amenities.

RIST at present offers B.Tech. Programs in Computer Sc. & Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. All the courses are approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India and is affiliated to North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong.

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  • Central Public School – Badarpur (5th venture of ERDF):

Impressed by the success of the CPS- Patharkandi, the second CBSE affiliated school was started by ERD Foundation at Badarpur in the Karimganj District in the year 2010 spreading over 3acres of land. The present Strength of the school is around 450+ students and with 35 + Teaching Staff. The school has been able to bring a quantum change in the field of primary and secondary education in the area. The School has leave no stone unturned to hone the skills of these students. The school boosts an unparallel infrastructure in the region with well equipped residential facilities. The school is affiliated to CBSE, New Delhi.

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  • University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya:

Another dream project of ERDF, The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) was established under the provisions of the University of Science and Technology,  Meghalaya Act (No.6 of 2008) enacted by Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya State and notified vide Notification No LL(B)87/2008/21, dt. 02.12.2008 of Government of Meghalaya.  The USTM will be established in a 400 acres of picturesque landscape surrounded by mesmerizing greenery under Umduba area of 9th Mile in Ri-Bhoi District on the GS  Road.

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  • Khairun Nessa Begum Women’s College:

Khairun Nessa Begum Women’s College the 8th venture of ERD Foundation is to be established at Badarpur. The college is affiliated to Assam University, Silchar & it is operational from the session 2015-2016.

In order to break the barriers in female education especially for the downtrodden rural women from minority communities the foundation has decided to set up Khairun Nessa Begum Women’s College. Whereas the minority women literacy rate in Assam is only 40% and accordingly women’s participation is also very less in higher education. This decision of the foundation is encouraged by the recommendations made by the Committee on Girls’ Education, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.

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