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
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.
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
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
- 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.
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
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
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.
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 following problems
Garbage Disposal System in Guwahati
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