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Mohibul Haque: The man taking Sir Syed's mission to North East

Monday April 23, 2012 06:53:52 PM, Mohammed Mudassir Alam, ummid.com

Mohibul Haque 5th from right

In recent times intellectuals and Muslim scholars ask a common question among themselves. Why they failed to see or produce a Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in almost last 200 years? Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, a world renowned scholar, journalist and founder of prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (one of the biggest residential Central University of India) was born on October 17, 1817. From his younger age till his death on March 27, 1891, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan had made a big contribution for the upliftment of Muslims and the country as whole during the British regime. Be it any social movement against the Black rule of British or writing eye-opening articles on behalf of the countrymen, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan had remained at the forefront.

Sadly, the Muslim community which had witnessed such a great personality in the yesteryears and got a fine glimpse of his vision in the form of AMU in Aligarh is battling with various concerns. There are many reasons behind the dismal condition of Muslims in India, who had been ranked in worst condition then SCs (Scheduled castes) and STs (Scheduled tribes) by the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee. However, the main reason is illiteracy and lack of quality education that’s why Muslims are featuring only 2.5 percent in bureaucratic posts. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was witnessing the prosperity of Muslims and nation in education. He had the vision of establishing more and more universities like AMU across the country in the pattern of Oxford. However, hardly anyone from the Muslim community followed the footsteps of Sir Syed and the grieving situation is prevailing since Independence.
 

Let us meet a person, who is true believer in Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s Vision for the community and nation. He is Mohibul Haque from the north-earthern state of Assam, the headquarters of ‘Sisters of Seven States’. North-East India, which had witnessed the first ray of free India on the morning of August 15, 1947, is enlightened by Mohibul Haque through his Education Research and Development Foundation (ERDF).

Established in the year 2005, as a trust under the provisions of the Trust Act 1882 by Mohibul Haque, it is serving in the north-eastern part of India with technical and contemporary education. Currently the foundation is running technical colleges including a university and schools in the states of Assam and Meghalaya. ERDF Group of Institutions include Regional Institute of Science & Technology, Regional College of Higher Education, Central IT College Dispur, University of Science & Technology (Meghalaya), ERDF Junior College Guwahati, ERDF Junior College Badarpur, School of Career Guidance, Central Public School – Patharkandi and Central Public School – Badarpur.

An AMU alumni, Mohibul Haque was in New Delhi this past week. The old engineering students from Aligarh Muslim University, Perwaiz Ahmad and Mohammad Aslam organized a symposium for Mohibul Haque at India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi. The symposium was attended by Chairman of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Justice M.S.A.Siddiqui (right), Chairperson of the National Commission on Girls Education Shabistan Gaffar, AMU Old Boy’s Association President Khwaja Mohammad Shahid, Asst. Professor Khalid Mubashshir, Social Worker Tauqueer Alam and Student Leader Tauquir Alam (JNU).

Mohibul Haque was in simple Islamic attire but when he started talking the gathering was moved. Belonging to a financially weaker family, Mohibul Haque somehow managed to take admission at Aligarh Muslim University in a graduation course with assistance from his elder brother. He did Masters in Computer Application (MCA) from Aligarh Muslim University and also got a job opportunity as a lecturer from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Highly influenced by Vision and Mission of Sir Syed, Mohibul Haque denied the offer of Saudi Arabian university. Instead he preferred to serve the people of his state and country. The love and care for his native people pushed Mohibul Haque back to home, where he started a computer coaching class with four students. The coaching class later on became bigger and bigger, and later on transformed into an excellent performing Study Centre of Manipal University.
 

From a small coaching centre to a Study Centre of Manipal, Mohibul Haque faced many hurdles including hardships like spending the night in dormitories. There was no end of road or ambition for highly motivated and optimistic Haque. Keeping in mind the need of technical education for the country especially for his state or neighbouring states of north-east, he had established the foundation in the year 2005. Since then the rest is history and good source of inspiration for those who wish to do something for country and its people. Under the aegis of ERDF many educational institutions from primary to higher level is flourishing in the states of Assam and Meghalaya.
 

The follower of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s vision, Mohibul Haque is raking to do much more for his state and countrymen. Best thing is that Mohibul Haque had opened the gates of opportunities for all without any religious boundary or caste system. The institutions run under ERDF have 10 percent of reservations for meritorious Muslim students belonging to BPL (Below Poverty Live) families. As a president of 5-6 engineering colleges of Assam & Meghalaya, Haque appealed the gathering to come forward with such steps to open more and more quality institutions for upliftment of the nation in all prospects.

Mohibul Haque is a modern role model for the Muslims and nation who is serving to the far away area of north-east by offering quality education. Need of the hour is that we find out more and more Mohibuls among ourselves to take ahead the ‘Educate India’ dream of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, which is confined to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Aligarh since 1875.





 




 

 

 

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