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Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad

Hyderabad, India, 22 September 2006 - Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and His Highness the Aga Khan lay the foundation stone of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. The Academy will be part of an integrated network of schools located in Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East offering girls and boys an international standard of education from pre-primary to upper secondary levels with a rigorous academic and leadership experience. The exceptional site allocated by the Government of Andhra Pradesh reflects the Government's support for the catalytic effect the Academy is expected to have in the state and in the country. 'Specialised expertise, pragmatic temperament, mental resourcefulness - these are increasingly the keys to effective leadership - along with a capacity for intellectual humility which keeps one's mind constantly open to a variety of viewpoints and welcomes pluralistic exchange,' said His Highness in his speech at the ceremony.

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