Pir Sadr al-Din devised the Khojki script to preserve the community's sacred literature

Pir Sadr al-Din devised the Khojki script to preserve the community’s sacred literature

According to Ismaili tradition, Pir Sadr al-Din devised the Khojki script as a vehicle for preserving the community’s sacred literature. The script was used almost exclusively by the Ismaili community of the Indian subcontinent. The earliest Khojki manuscripts include works written in diverse languages: Sindhi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu-Hindi, Arabic, Persian, and Gujarati. The majority of the several…

Aga Khan Trust for Culture's Urban Renewal Initiative: Batashewala Mughal Garden Tomb Complex

Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Urban Renewal Initiative: Batashewala Mughal Garden Tomb Complex

Introduction Standing to the north of the Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site, the 11 acre “Batashewala Complex” includes two Mughal era tomb-garden enclosures within which stand three tombs, of national importance, and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). They are a significant part of the 16th century Mughal necropolis adjacent to the Dargah…

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Dr. Farida Virani – Master of Ceremony at the NIPM National Summit 2015 in Mumbai

Dr. Farida Virani – Master of Ceremony for the NIPM National Summit 2015 ‘MAKE IN INDIA – THE PEOPLE PERSPECTIVE’ National Institute of Personnel Management is the premier all-India Institute of professionals engaged in personnel management, industrial relations, labor welfare and human resources development. The NIPM Mumbai Chapter organized its National Summit on 27th March…

With the grandeur of Humayun’s Tomb in the background, Princess Zahra, her daughter Sara and Prince Aly Muhammad take in a view of the gardens surrounding Humayun’s Tomb, together with AKTC staff. (Image credit: AKDN / Narendra Swain via TheIsmaili.org)

New Photos of Prince Aly Muhammad and Princess Zahra with her children, Sara and Iliyan joining Mawlana Hazar Imam to review AKTC’s work at the heritage sites in India

Prince Aly Muhammad and Princess Zahra with her children, Sara and Iliyan joined Mawlana Hazar Imam to review AKTC’s work at the heritage sites in Delhi and Hyderabad, India. Mawlana Hazar Imam was in India to receive the Padma Vibhushan. During the visit, Hazar Imam also took part in laying the foundation for a site…

Ismaili Council Vice-President and Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Service, India welcome Princess Zahra, her children Sara and Iliyan, Prince Aly Muhammad, and Mawlana Hazar Imam to the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. (Image credit: Nazim Lokhandwala via TheIsmaili.com)

New Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Aly Muhammad, Princess Zahra and her children, Sara and Iliyan at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, India | The Ismaili

Mawlana Hazar Imam accompanied by his son Prince Aly Muhammad, his daughter Princess Zahra and her children Sara and Iliyan, visited the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad on a working visit to review progress of the school. While at the Academy, Mawlana Hazar Imam toured the campus including the Athletics Centre, the Junior and Senior…

Improving Infant Feeding & Nutrition Practices: Aga Khan Foundation India's “Buniyaad” Project Offers Model for Policymakers and Public Health Professionals

Improving Infant Feeding & Nutrition Practices: Aga Khan Foundation India’s “Buniyaad” Project Offers Model for Policymakers and Public Health Professionals

Aga Khan Foundation Improves Infant Feeding and Nutrition Practices among 400,000 Mothers in Rural Bihar “Buniyaad” project offers model for policymakers and public health professionals Patna, 21 April 2015: For the past three years, the Aga Khan Foundation (India) and its partners have worked with 400,000 mothers from marginalised communities in rural Bihar, significantly improving…

On the occasion of the World Heritage Day, Batashewala Mahal, near Humayun’s Tomb complex, opens to public after 4 years

Visitors to world heritage site Humayun’s Tomb complex will now have a new venue to explore. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have opened the newly-restored Batashewala complex, with three stunning Mughal-era tombs, after a four-year conservation effort. The ministry of culture has announced a plan to send…

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Grand Challenges Canada | Canada and India Announce Funding for Innovations to Improve Child Health

$2.5 Million Investment Package Through Grand Challenges Partnership Between Grand Challenges Canada and ‘Grand Challenges India’ Initiative of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – April 15, 2015) – Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, and the Grand Challenges India initiative of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, today…

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DNA | Prince Karim Aga Khan awarded Padma Vibhushan – Event pictures of Princess Zahra & Prince Aly Muhammed in attendance

Known for his philanthropic work, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, was awarded with the Padma Vibhushan on April 8. President Pranab Mukherjee, awarded him for his contributions to social development in India. Direct lineal descendant of Prophet Muhammad, the spiritual leader has carried…

Australia partners with Aga Khan Foundation - Announces grant for child nutrition in Nizamuddin Basti - Humayun Tomb complex project area

Australia partners with Aga Khan Foundation: Announces grant for child nutrition in Nizamuddin Basti – Humayun Tomb complex project area

 “Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do”. – Julie Isabel Bishop, Foreign Minister, Australia New Delhi, April 13, 2015 Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop kicked off her three-day official trip to India by visiting an Australian Government-funded project in Nizamuddin Basti here on…

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)

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, 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…

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FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, India: Agamcheti

Agamcheti is a fictional film produced by Madhyam for FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network. The film was produced under the disaster risk reduction programme of the organisation. The film effectively conveys the message to its target audience to be well prepared to face natural disasters like cyclone, earthquake, floods…

The Aga Khan meets deputy CM Mahmood Ali

The Aga Khan meets deputy CM Mahmood Ali

Hyderabad, April 11 (INN): Spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims Aga Khan met Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali here on Saturday. Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was accompanied by senior officials from the network. The delegation of the Deputy Chief Minister comprised of Principal Secretaries Ranjeev…

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AKDN | Aga Khan Trust for Culture | Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum

Following a decade-long revitalisation effort undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which included the conversation of monuments, restoration of parks and gardens and related socio-economic projects in neighbouring districts, the Humayun’s Tomb Complex now receives almost two million visitors annually. Over 500,000 of them are school children. A great number of pilgrims –…

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan award to Prince Karim Aga Khan

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NEW DELHI, INDIA – APRIL 8: President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan award to Prince Karim Aga Khan during the Padma awards ceremony at Rashtrapti Bhawan on April 8, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (IV) is 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a denomination of Ismailism…

NEW DELHI, APR 7 (UNI):- Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan addressing on the occasion of lay foundation stone of Humayun`s Tomb Site Museum in New Delhi on Tuesday. UNI PHOTO-74U

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for the Humayan’s Tomb Site Museum in Delhi, India

… the lessons we have learned about urban green spaces – which too often have been seen as unproductive areas, at best, and even as financial liabilities. But the experience of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been very, very different. In places as varied as Cairo and Kabul, and now here in Delhi,…

Minister Mahesh Sharma with His Highness the Aga Khan on Tuesday. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Replicate Humayun’s Tomb work at Taj Mahal – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan encouraged

Union Minister of Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma on Tuesday said the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) must “associate itself” and replicate its restoration work at the Humayun’s Tomb in “another, very important” monument — the Taj Mahal. He was speaking at the foundation-laying ceremony of the Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum here. Responding, Prince…