His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan praises Academy students’ spirit of intellectual adventure

“Through their dedication to social change, Kais and Khushboo, along with numerous other students who pursue projects like them, embody the Academy’s goal of bettering society around it.”

Aga Khan Academy student Khushboo presents her research project about starting a library in a local girls school to Mawlana Hazar Imam. The research project is a final component of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. (Image credit: AKDN / AHMED CHARANIA via TheIsmaili.com)
Aga Khan Academy student Khushboo presents her research project about starting a library in a local girls school to Mawlana Hazar Imam. The research project is a final component of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. (Image credit: AKDN / AHMED CHARANIA via TheIsmaili.com)

Aga Khan, who received the Padma Vibushan, one of the highest civilian decorations of the country, recently visited the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad and interacted with the students and teachers apart from reviewing the progress of the Academy set up a few years ago.

“There’s a lot that opens up to you when you read. Books are like another teacher. They provide a stream of knowledge.

– Khushboo Khoja, Grade 11 student & social change agent

Grade 11 student Khushboo Khoja, focused on social change, teaching English to Telugu medium girl students and built an English library in the government school was also appreciated by the dignitary. She realised students did not get adequate exposure to English outside a handful of lessons each week. She set out to build an English library and reading club in the school to help them improve their English and share her love of reading.

“They felt I wouldn’t be able to understand solar power. I was determined to prove them wrong.”

– Kais Khetani, Grade 10 student & solar-powered prototype car designer

Kais Khetani, a grade 10 student who designed a prototype for a solar-powered car, was among the students who showcased their work to the Aga Khan and his family. Khetani’s fascination with solar technology began when he was in grade five. The organisers of a solar power exhibition had turned him away believing he was too young. The incident piqued his curiosity and led him to his career aspiration of designing solar-powered cars that take advantage of India’s climate.

Mawlana Hazar Imam meets a group of students on the campus of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. (Image credit: AKDN / AHMED CHARANIA via TheIsmaili.com)
Mawlana Hazar Imam meets a group of students on the campus of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. (Image credit: AKDN / AHMED CHARANIA via TheIsmaili.com)

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